Special Circumstances Enrolments (Referral Program)

SIDE’s Referral Program provides short term support for students who have special circumstances that impact on school attendance/engagement. The program is coordinated by SIDE’s School Psychologists.

Enrolment in the Referral Program is not a long term alternative to regular schooling. Students in Years 7-10 need to be working towards re-integration to a school or an alternative program.

SIDE’s school psychologists gather information from a number of sources to assess eligibility (the family, the student’s current school, and clinician/specialist).

Eligible students will be enrolled in the Referral Program for a trial period.

What constitutes Special Circumstances for SIDE enrolment?

  • Severe Mental Disorder
  • Medical
  • Pregnant and Parenting

How do I know if a student might be eligible?

  • If the student is genuinely unable to attend school or an alternative program for an extended period, AND
  • The student is engaged in ongoing and regular counselling, treatment or other appropriate intervention, AND
  • Evidence can be provided to support the application.
Enrolment information:
  • 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.
Further information

To make an enquiry about the Referral Program for a student with special circumstances, phone SIDE on 9311 1400. 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.