Transitioning to the NDIS
Transition from Better Start funding to the NDIS Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) 0-6 years of age support pathways.
The Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) approach is now in place across all states, territories and their regions.
Families of children aged 0-6 years old, who are currently registered with Better Start to receive funding should contact the NDIS to test their eligibility, if they have not done so already.
This can be done by calling the NDIS National Call Centre (NCC) on 1800 800 110, for information and support with getting an assessment for the NDIS. The NCC can help find a local Early Childhood (EC) Partner and can give advice on how to complete your “Verbal Access Request” over the phone.
Information on how to contact an EC Partner or the NDIA is also on the NDIS website at www.ndis.gov.au.
If a child is deemed eligible to become a participant of the NDIS, their Better Start funding will cease when they have an approved NDIS plan in place.
If a child is deemed ineligible for the NDIS, they will continue to be supported under Better Start funding until the child turns seven, or when their funds are expended. There is an NDIA Internal review process for families that disagree with a decision made by the NDIA.
Parents can also complete the NDIS Access Checklist to check whether their child meets the NDIS access requirements.
What will happen when you have your first meeting with an Early Childhood Partner?
An Early Childhood Coordinator will meet with you and your child to conduct an assessment and gather information to determine which pathway would best support your child’s growth and development.
This may include short-term support, where your family will be provided with information, strategies, and linkages to services and therapists for a period of 3-6 months or longer.
If your child is assessed to be best supported by an NDIS plan, an Early Childhood Coordinator will work with you to request NDIS access. Please refer to Carers Australia on Getting NDIS Plan Ready and for support in preparing for the NDIS planning meeting. When a child has been confirmed eligible to become an NDIS participant they will be referred back to the Early Childhood Provider, which will then conduct an NDIS planning meeting with the family to support developing an NDIS plan.
Better Start funding will end when your child has an approved NDIS plan in place.
Please Note: Early Childhood Partners have not been established in remote and very remote locations. Families living in these areas will be supported by an NDIS Regional Hub and will need to contact the NDIA through the call centre on 1800 800 110 for referral.
Early Childhood partners will not be established in the NT. Families of children aged 0-6 years old, can refer to the NDIA hubs for Early Childhood Early Intervention support. The NDIA ECEI support pathway is operates in: Barkly, East Arnhem, Darwin Remote, and Katherine.
Families of children with disability aged 0-6 years old residing in WA can contact Wanslea for referral to Early Childhood Early Intervention Support.
Please note that Wanslea covers most areas of WA except: Kimberley, Pilbara, Goldfields & Esperance, Wheatbelt
If you are residing in any of these regions then please contact NDIS for ECEI support.
For further information on eligibility and transitional information, please contact the Better Start Registration team, in your state or territory on 1800 242 636
Please see our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.
Moving Forward workshops (0-12 years of age)
The Carers Australia state and territory Carer Associations deliver workshops for families and carers of children with disability aged 0-6 years of age, and 7-12 years of age. These workshops help to understand the early childhood supports and the NDIS Early Childhood Early Intervention pathway (0-6 years old); and support families of children with disability aged 7-12 years old in understanding the different NDIS eligibility requirements. The Carer Associations can also help families that have an NDIS plan to understand – and find out more about how to get the most from – their plans.
Please note: Moving Forward workshops are not delivered in the ACT.
THE AIM OF THE WORKSHOPS
- Provide information on financial, social and emotional support available to families and carers of children with disability.
- Provide networking and social connection opportunities.
- Provide information about the NDIS Early Childhood Early Intervention pathway of support (0-6 years old).
- Help families and carers with NDIS pre-planning activities to prepare for an NDIS planning conversation.
- Support families of children with disability aged 7+ years old to understand the eligibility requirements to access the NDIS (7-12 years old).
If you would like to attend a Moving Forward workshop or find out when and where the workshops are being delivered, please call ?? This number will not be Carers Network as of next fortnight.