Welcome to Developmental Educators Australia

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Developmental Educators are qualified disability professionals dedicated to fostering empowerment, social inclusion and quality of life for people with disability and their families.



Important: Membership Eligibility

Please read the following information regarding membership eligibility before making an inquiry about your eligibility:

Membership Eligibility

Membership FAQs


Developmental Educators Australia Inc (DEAI) is the professional association representing the unique, diverse and dynamic profession of Developmental Education. Developmental Educators are multi-disciplinary disability professionals, having completed a professional practice degree in disability studies. As qualified disability professionals, Developmental Educators, also known as DE’s, occupy roles in a variety of disability, human service, mental health, and educational settings, in the State and Federal Government, and non-government sectors. For more information about Developmental Educators, visit What is a Developmental Educator?

Developmental Education is a Self Regulating Allied Health Profession and is recognised by the South Australian Government, the National Disability Insurance Agency and listed in the Pricing Arrangements under Capacity Building Supports and in the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission Practice Standards Verification Module.

More information about Developmental Educators and the NDIS

You can learn more about Allied Health Regulation here.

The DEAI represents Developmental Educators Australia wide and welcomes membership from degree level trained Developmental Educators or disability professionals with comparable qualifications from across Australia. For further information on membership eligibility, please visit our membership page.