Special Circumstances Enrolments (Referral Program)
Please note: Enquiries for students with Special Circumstances for 2021 have closed as of Friday 3 September.
SIDE’s Referral Program provides for students who have special circumstances that impact on school attendance/engagement. The Program is coordinated by SIDE’s school psychologists.
SIDE’s school psychologists gather information from a number of sources to assess eligibility (the family, the student’s current school, and clinician/specialist).
To be eligible for the Referral Program the student must be:
- genuinely unable to attend a regular school or an alternative education program, and
- receiving ongoing counselling, treatment or other appropriate intervention.
Enrolment in the Referral Program is not a long term alternative to regular schooling. Students need to be working towards re-integration back into a school or alternative program.
Categories of eligibility:
- Chronic illness/Severe medical condition
- Severe mental health
- Pregnant and parenting young people
- Eligible students in Years 7-10, Government Schools remain enrolled in their school while accessing SIDE’s Referral Program. SIDE works in partnership with the student’s current school.
- Eligible students in Years 7-10, Non-Government schools remain enrolled in their school while accessing SIDE’s Referral Program. Schools and parents/guardians need to be aware of the charges associated with the school partnership.
- Students in Years 11-12 enrolling in SIDE’s Referral Program will generally be enrolled with SIDE as a CURRENT student.
To make an enquiry about the Referral Program for a student with special circumstances, phone SIDE on 9311 1322. A member of the referrals team will contact you to determine if the student is eligible.
SIDE’s receipt of an application for enrolment does not necessarily confirm enrolment.