When will the NDIS be in my area?
Due to the size of the scheme, the Government is slowly rolling out the scheme in different areas across Australia.
This video shows when the NDIS will commence in your area:
What about my current services?
Previous funded disability support programs such as the Commonwealth government funded Helping Children With Autism (HCWA) and the Better Start programs and state funded ECIS services will all roll into the NDIS. If you are currently receiving these, you do not need to worry about the support stopping before you are informed. You will be notified of when the NDIS is in your area and the timeline about when the assistance to support your child will be funded through the NDIS.
You can talk to your Planner about what your services currently look like under the old system to ensure you have a great plan for the future.
Who decides on funding?
The NDIS funds reasonable and necessary supports that help a participant to reach their goals, objectives and aspirations and to undertake activities to enable the participant’s social and economic participation.
A participant’s reasonable and necessary supports take into account any informal supports already available to the individual (informal arrangements that are part of family life or natural connections with friends and community services) as well as other formal supports, such as health and education.
Are children diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum funded?
Yes. If you or your child is under 7 and has a diagnosis (diagnosed by a specialist multi-disciplinary team, paediatrician, psychiatrist or clinical psychologist) either of Autism Spectrum Disorder (including Autism, Asperger’s disorder, Childhood disintegrative disorder or Pervasive developmental disorder – not otherwise specified /Atypical autism), Global Developmental Delay or Intellectual disability it is highly likely that your child will be eligible for the NDIS under the Early Intervention requirements.
Are there other ways to access support other than the NDIS?
Yes! This website mainly talks about the largest support you may be able to access which is the NDIS. However there are other options to explore also!
Medicare, Private health insurance, Community Health Services or your own contribution through acessing private therapists.
How do I develop a service agreement with the service provider?
When you choose a service provider/s to deliver the supports outlined in your plan, you will need to develop a service agreement with them. A Service Agreement is a written agreement signed by both parties which outlines the plan of how, when, where and what supports will be delivered. Also included in service agreements is the providers process around cancellations, travel costs, dealing with conflict and ending service. It is important to read through before signing and plat and active role in the development of these.
Click here for a downloadable workbook produced by the NDIS which helps you develop your own!
How do I know it is a quality service?
Allied health providers who work privately should be registered with a professional body and should have experience working with young children. ECEI organisations should have government provider approved status. All providers should be registered with the NDIS unless you are managing your own funds and have chosen a provider which is not NDIS registered.
What will happen to my child’s funding when the NDIS comes to my area?
Helping Children with Autism (HCWA) funding
The HCWA funding is one of many disability programs that will be replaced by the NDIS. It is envisaged that by 2019, the program will no longer exist and children who might otherwise have received the HCWA funding will receive a package of support under the NDIS. Under the NDIS Agreement, children transitioning into the NDIS will not be worse off. If your child is receiving HCWA, you may contact the NDIS to enquire about changing over once the Scheme is has rolled out in your area.
When the NDIS commences in the area you reside in the NDIA will appoint a Planner for you and together you and they will develop plans based on your child’s needs and the assistance required to help them reach their goals. Until the NDIA has a plan in place for a child, you can continue to access the HCWA funding and use the same services you are have been receiving. If a child has never had the HCWA funding, once the NDIS comes to their area their family will need to contact the directly NDIA to receive support.
Better Start funding
Once the NDIS is running in your area, funding for early intervention services and treatment provided by Better Start will move to the NDIS. Other resources like Better Start Medicare items will stay the same. Better Start is closing to new clients as the NDIS is introduced. It will keep operating in areas where the NDIS isn’t yet running.
If you have a child getting support from Better Start, you should get some information and paperwork from the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) once the NDIS starts in your area. You can also ask for this information by calling the NDIA on 1800 800 110.
State funded Early Childhood Intervention funding (ECIS)
ECIS will follow a similar path as HCWA and Better Start, as it too will eventually be rolled into the NDIS. You will have more choice about what services can look like for your child, but your current ECI provider will still be there to work with you if you want that. Or you could choose another provider.
You can talk to your current ECI provider or call the NDIA for more information about when this will happen.
Is NDIS similar to the HCWA funding?
NDIS funding is different from HCWA. The NDIS provides lifetime care and support. Children diagnosed on the autism spectrum and their families will be helped to achieve better long-term outcomes.
They will receive individualised support through support services in their local community.
What happens when my child turns 7?
NDIS funding does not necessarily end when a child is 7 years old the way HCWA does. If a child still needs support after they are 6 years old, the NDIS can continue to offer funding for services for them. The amount of services it provides will depend on a functional assessment the NDIA will conduct.