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Background

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In 2010, the Department completed a review of deaf education in Victoria - What is my future? – A Review of Deaf Education in Victoria.  Involving broad community consultation, the review found that school leavers who are deaf demonstrate significant language delays and achieve lower school completion rates than their hearing peers.  Research indicated that given the right environment, the educational outcomes of deaf and hard of hearing students could be virtually equivalent to that of their hearing peers.

The review identified reforms required to achieve these outcomes, including:

  • improvements in educational support and workforce sufficiency

  • early diagnosis and family-centred support

  • equity and fairness in access to services across Victoria

  • ongoing support, monitoring, and interventions for children who are deaf or hard of hearing 0-18 years old.

A key recommendation of the review was to establish a Victorian Deaf Education Institute that would play a pivotal role in building the knowledge, skills, and workforce capability of professionals working in educational settings with children and young people who are deaf or hard of hearing.