Welcome to the Developmental Educators Australia Inc (DEAI) Website.


The DEAI website is currently undergoing an overhaul; please stay tuned for a fresh and modern new look with quick links and easier navigation.

The DEAI is the professional association representing the diverse and dynamic profession of Developmental Education. Developmental Educators are multi-disciplinary disability specialists, having completed a four year Bachelor of Disability and Developmental Education (or equivalent). Developmental Educators are Allied Health Professionals who have roles in a variety of disability, human service, mental health, and educational settings, in the State and Federal Government, and non-government sectors.

The DEAI is striving to achieve national recognition of Developmental Educators and welcomes membership from all degree level trained Developmental Educators or disability professionals with equivalent qualifications from across Australia and Internationally.

Click here to read the Constitution Developmental Educators Australia Incorporated

Why join the DEAI?


Flinders logoThe DEAI has strong links with Disability and Community Inclusion, Flinders University, who offer the Bachelor of Disability and Developmental Education (BDDE)(including Honours), Graduate Certificates in Disability Studies, and Master of Disability Policy and Practice, in internal and external modalities. To learn more about these studies please visit If you are interested in having a BDDE student on placement, please contact Charmaine Mahar on


NDIA logoThe skills, knowledge and expertise of Developmental Educators enable them to practice within the NDIS model of service. For specific information on Developmental Educators and the NDIS, visit the NDIA  Guide to Suitability for Providers and visit the DEAI web page HERE.



Developmental Education Discipline ProfileFlyer for parents and people with disability








Further information about Developmental Educators can be found in this short Disability & Community Inclusion Unit Developmental Education Video, in the Developmental Education Discipline Profile or the Flyer for parents and people with disability.

For regular updates on disability information, events, resources, professional development and vacancies for Developmental Educators and BDDE students, please see the ‘News’ and ‘Members Area’ section of this website. Last updated on 19th Jan 2016.

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