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National Disability Insurance Scheme

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The Australian Government National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the new way of providing support for Australians with disability, their families and carers. It provides Australians under the age of 65 with a permanent and significant disability with the reasonable and necessary supports they need to live an ordinary life.

As an insurance scheme, the NDIS takes a lifetime approach, investing in people with disability early to improve their outcomes later in life.

The NDIS helps people with disability to:

  • access mainstream services and supports
  • access community services and supports
  • maintain informal support arrangements
  • ​receive reasonable and necessary funded supports.

The scheme provides access to early intervention for children from birth to age 6 with developmental delay. It will not replace the supports provided by mainstream services including early childhood education and care services under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education (2005).

Children in receipt of a NDIS package will continue to be eligible for departmental inclusion programs available to approved kindergarten services.

It is beneficial for ECEC services to have an understanding of the NDIS and the different support available to children and their families. Watch the latest webinar on Introduction to the NDIS for ECEC services and their staff.

Introduction to the National Disability Insurance Scheme

Attendance by external support professionals at ECEC services (PDF, 309KB) ​(DOCX, 26KB) provides advice for ECEC services when NDIS providers want to visit their service to observe or work with a child.​

More information

NDIS website – provides advice on Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) partners​ and Local Area Co-ordinators (LAC), ECEC case studies, information sheets and resources.

NDIS Early Childhood Early Intervention approach – outlines the scheme's strategy to provide timely access to early childhood intervention for children who have developmental delay or disability.

2016 Early Childhood Intervention Australia (ECIA) conference video clip – watch a short video clip from the ECIA conference that outlines the benefits of early childhood intervention.

The Inclusion Hub – established by Early Childhood Intervention Australia (ECIA) to help understand and navigate the NDIS, the website includes resources that are useful for ECEC educators.

The Early Intervention Indigenous Liaison Officer Program – supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families navigate early intervention and the NDIS.

Queensland Government website – Keep up-to-date with Queensland's preparations and find NDIS resources and events, including subscription to the NDIS update.

Help and support

Visit the NDIS website or phone the NDIS Hotline on 1800 800 110
Translated NDIS Factsheets (available in 33 languages)
NDIS Auslan videos to assist the hearing impaired with the NDIS.

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Last updated 16 April 2019