Special Circumstances Enrolments (Referral Program)

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.

Please note: The 2020 cut-off date for enrolment in SIDE’s Referral Program for students with special circumstances is Friday 11th September 2020. Enquires can be made for 2021.

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 there must be:

  • Evidence that the student is genuinely unable to attend a regular school or an alternative education program
  • 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
  • Other unforeseen and extraordinary circumstances
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 SIDE school psychologist will contact you to determine if the student is eligible.

SIDE’s receipt of an application for enrolment does not necessarily confirm enrolment.