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Australian Association of Special Education (AASE)

AASE is a broad-based non-categorical association concerned with all who have special education needs.

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AASE is represented by State Chapters in each state and terrority across Australia and is managed by the National Council comprising of representatives of each state and territory.

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AASE organises a very successful and informative National Conference each year. 
In 2017 the AASE National Conference will be held in Darwin, Northern Territory.  The Conference will be held from Thursday 6th – Saturday 8th April at the Darwin Convention Centre.

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AASE hosts a wealth of documents and helpful resources that are posted by our chapters around Australia.

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To learn more about AASE Membership details and benefits visit our membership page.

The AASE National Conference Scholarship Program

The Australian Association of Special Education (AASE) is are offering ten (10) scholarships of $500 each for graduate special education teachers and associated professionals to attend at the 2017 AASE National Conference to be held in Darwin, Northern Territory on the 7th and 8th April, 2017.  The scholarship will be used to supplement the registration fees applicable to the Conference.

Applicants do not have to be AASE members and they do not need to be currently registered for the Conference to apply. The recipients of the scholarship will be acknowledged during the Conference and will be asked to complete a one page post-conference reflection by Friday, 5th May 2017.


Recipients must be employed in their 1st, 2nd, or 3rd year of teaching or practice in a government, religious or private special education setting in Australia, across one of the following professions:

  • Special education teacher.
  • Classroom teacher in a mainstream school serving students with special needs.
  • Occupational therapist, school psychologist or speech pathologist working in a special education or mainstream setting, and serving students with special needs.

Application Process:

To apply, applicants must write a one page (maximum 600 words) essay entitled, “Why Special Education?”


Submissions must include:

  • Your full name and contact information
  • Your Occupation
  • Location of Work
  • Contact information of your School Principal

The application should be emailed to Libby Burns at lburns@downssa.asn.au by 5pm on Friday, 27th January 2017.


Applicants will be notified of the outcome by 6th February, 2017.


Leadership Development Scholarships for Women in Education

The National Excellence in School Leadership Initiative (NESLI) in partnership with Women & Leadership Australia (WLA) is administering a national scholarship program to support the development of female leaders across the education sector.

From January 1st the initiative will provide $3,500 scholarships to women across all areas of the education sector to support their participation in the Advanced Leadership Program  – Australia’s most highly attended women’s leadership program.

For further information about the Leadership Development Scholarships for Women in Education, click here.


AASE Senate Enquiry into Disability in Education

To review the Australian Association of Special Education submission to the ‘Senate Inquiry into Current Level of Access and Attainment for Students with Disability in the School System and the Impact on Student and Families Associated with Inadequate Levels of Support’ please click on the below documents:

AASE Senate Inquiry into Disability in Education 

AASE Response to Senate Inquiry Report 2