why do I need to know about the NDIS?

Frequently Asked Questions for parents and carers
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and Early
My child doesn’t have a disability – why do I need to know about the NDIS?
The NDIS not only provides funding for people with a diagnosed disability, it also provides
early intervention packages for children with developmental delays in one or more area,
such as communication or mobility. Information on the eligibility criteria for the NDIS is
available on the NDIS website.
What is early intervention?
Early intervention refers to services that support children with a disability or developmental
delay so they can get the best start in life. Such services help optimise the child’s
development and ability to participate in family and community life.
Intervening early in the lives of children with a disability or developmental delay can lead to
better outcomes for the child, and their families, over the long term.
Children with a disability or developmental delay may be eligible for the National Disability
Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
What type of early intervention services will be available for my child in 2015?
In 2015, early intervention programs will no longer be provided by the ACT Education and
Training Directorate. These programs will be replaced by non government providers. To
provide certainty for families and time for new providers to establish in the ACT, the
National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) called for tenders from community
organisations to provide these services. Six providers have been successful in their tender.
These organisations are Northcott, Noah’s Ark (Victoria), Cerebral Palsy Alliance, Autism
Spectrum Australia (ASPECT), Each and SDN Child & Family Services. The contracts with
these organisations are not exclusive, so if you wish to use a provider not on this list, you
will be able to do so.
Where will services be located?
At this stage we have not finalised the arrangements with providers regarding location of
services. The Education and Training Directorate is working with the six organisations and
the NDIA to ensure new services are accessible for all families. Families will be informed as
soon as this information is available.
When will my child transition to the NDIS?
Children will transition to the Scheme according to an agreed phasing schedule. Children
aged two to four years who are not starting school in 2015 are transitioning to the NDIS
between October and December 2014. School aged children will transition throughout
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Frequently Asked Questions for parents and carers
As part of the agreement between the ACT and Commonwealth Governments, Education
and Training has provided contact details for all people accessing disability education
services. If your child is under school-age, you should have received an a letter from the
NDIA including an Access Kit. Included in kit is a request for permission to allow the NDIA to
contact the Education and Training Directorate and anyone else you think might be able to
help provide information about your child.
If you have not yet received an Access Kit from the NDIA you are encouraged to contact
them on 6146 8200.
How will I know if my child is eligible for early intervention under the NDIS?
The NDIS not only provides funding for people with a diagnosed disability, it also provides
early intervention packages for some children with developmental delays in one or more
areas, such as communication or mobility skills.
The NDIA will use information from assessments provided by medical specialists,
psychologists and other allied health professionals to help determine eligibility for the
scheme and also to plan future supports.
How does the NDIA help us to get the supports we need?
If the NDIA determines your child is eligible to access the NDIS, you will then be invited to
meet with a planner to discuss the necessary and reasonable supports your child requires.
Packages will be individualised for each child. You will be asked to bring to this conversation
information about your goals and hopes for your child and your thoughts on what has
worked well with the supports your child currently receives. The planner will use planning
and assessment tools to guide the conversation. The plan for your child will include a
statement of supports that reflects your conversation with the planner. This statement then
enables the plan to be put into action.
The NDIA invites you to attend a workshop to learn more about the NDIS planning process
and preparing for planning conversations. If you are interested in attending, please contact
the NDIA at actengagement@ndis.gov.au or 6146 8200 for more information or to book a
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What if my child is not eligible for NDIS support?
The ACT Government is establishing a new Child Development Service which brings together
health and therapy services to assist children aged 0-6 years at risk of developmental delay.
The first stage of the Child Development Service will be up and running in 2015, and will
ensure that children not eligible for the NDIS will get ongoing support, through group
programs and parent supports.
When can families meet the new providers?
An Open Day will be hosted by the Education and Training Directorate on 17 November
where you can meet the new providers and find out more about the services they will
deliver. The open day will take place at Hedley Beare Centre for Teaching and Learning, 51
Fremantle Drive, Stirling from 1pm-6pm. If you would like more information about this
event please phone 6205 2693.
What if I am not happy with the service provided by our new early intervention provider?
The ACT government continues to be responsible for safeguards and quality standards
during the trial of the NDIS. To ensure that existing safeguards and quality standards are
being met, the ACT Government provides a recommendation of suitability to NDIA about
any applications for registration from new specialist disability providers or any currently
funded providers that want to expand their service delivery.
Through the tender process providers were be required to demonstrate they have
appropriate policies, procedures and standards in place, including processes for
clientfeedback and complaints. Families are also able to discuss concerns with the NDIA.
Can a provider refuse to take a child? What sort of safety net will there be?
Under the NDIS there are a number of safeguards that will ensure all participants, including
children, get the support they need.
Until there is a nationally consistent approach to safeguards, all existing ACT safeguards will
continue. The Disability Services (Disability Service Providers) Amendment Bill 2014 was
passed to enable the ACT to maintain existing safeguards and quality standards for disability
services during the NDIS trial. This means the safeguards and quality assurance frameworks
that currently exist to protect people in the ACT will continue, but will be enforceable under
law rather than just as conditions of contracts.
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What assistance will be available to support my child’s transition to a new setting in 2015?
Education and Training has developed a process to support the transition of your child to a
new service provider in 2015. Teachers have collated information for each child and asked
parent consent to share this information with their new early intervention provider. Once
families have had their planning discussion with the NDIA and have an individual plan for
their child, the Directorate will work with the new provider and the family to share this
information and attend the transition meeting if this is what the family would like.
The Education and Training Directorate has identified a liaison officer to help families and
providers manage the transition to new services. Lindy Abbott, Senior Manager in Disability
Education will fulfil this role and can be contacted on 62057 2327 or via email at
Can my child who has a developmental delay or disability attend preschool?
All children will be able to access mainstream services such as early childhood education
and care, preschool and school. Services within ACT Government schools will not change as
a result of the NDIS.
The Education and Training Directorate currently provides additional resources to schools to
support children with developmental delays and disabilities access and participate in
preschool. This support will continue.
Where can I find more information?
Further information about the NDIS and early intervention services is available from the
following sources:
NDIA website - Link to NDIA website
NDIA ACT Phone 6146 8200
Education and Training Website - Link to ACT Education and Training website
ACT Government information line (02) 6207 1086
Community Services Directorate website – Link to Community Services Directorate
o NDIS Update: Link to NDIS update on Community Services Directorate
o ACT NDIS Taskforce: Link to ACT NDIS Taskforce information on Community
Services Directorate website
To contact the Transition Liaison Officer:
Lindy Abbott Phone 6207 2327
Email lynette.abbott@act.gov.au
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