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The NDIS pathway: how to get NDIS support

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The pathways to NDIS support are different for children of different ages, but the focus is the same – giving children quick access to the support they need. 

Children aged 0-6 years: pathway to NDIS support

To get support for your child aged 0-6 years under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), you take the following path.

1. Contact the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA)
The NDIA runs the NDIS. You can call the NDIA on 1800 800 110, or you might be referred to the NDIA by your GP, child and family health nurse or paediatrician, or your child’s preschool or child care educator.

If your child currently gets government support like Better Start or Helping Children with Autism (HCWA), you should get information and paperwork from the NDIA once the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) starts in your area. You can call the NDIA for this information too.

2. Meet with an NDIS early childhood partner
An NDIS early childhood partner will arrange to meet with you to talk about your child’s and family’s needs.

3. Decide on your child’s support needs
You and your NDIS early childhood partner will work together to decide what supports your child and family need. This support might include:

  • giving you information or emotional support
  • linking you with mainstream supports like a community health service
  • providing short-term early intervention support and strategies
  • helping you to request access to the NDIS. 

4. Develop an individualised NDIS plan if your child needs it
If your child has longer-term support needs, your NDIS early childhood partner can recommend that your child moves quickly to an individualised NDIS plan and help you request NDIS access.

If your child becomes an NDIS participant, your NDIS early childhood partner will help you develop an individualised NDIS plan for your child and submit it to the NDIA for approval. This plan will outline the support that best meets your child’s needs and goals.

5. Choose your early intervention support and service providers
If your child has an NDIS plan, you can choose service providers for your child’s NDIS plan and start putting your child’s plan into action. 

Video

NDIS pathways to early intervention

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This video is about getting support under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Parents of children with disability talk about their pathways to early intervention support for their children.

You’ll meet and work with an NDIS early childhood partner, who can recommend ways to support your child’s development. The aim is to get young children into early intervention as quickly as possible, and for you and your family to feel supported by the NDIS from the start.

Children aged over 7 years: pathway to NDIS support

To get support under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), your child aged over seven years must have a permanent and significant disability that affects her ability to take part in everyday activities. 

1. Contact the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA)
The NDIA runs the NDIS. You can call the NDIA on 1800 800 110, or you might be referred to the NDIA by your GP or paediatrician. If your child currently gets government support you might get a letter about the transition to the NDIS. 

2. Meet with an NDIA planner or NDIS local area coordination partner
An NDIA planner or an NDIS local area coordination partner will arrange to meet with you to talk about your child’s and family’s needs.

3. Develop an individualised NDIS plan based on your child’s needs
You and your NDIS professional will work together to complete an individualised NDIS plan. This plan will cover the support your child needs. The NDIS professional will submit the plan to the NDIA for approval.

4. Choose service providers
When your child’s NDIS plan is approved, you can choose service providers for your child’s NDIS plan and start putting the plan into action. 

The NDIS is being introduced gradually and will be available everywhere in Australia by 2019-20, except for Western Australia, where trials will continue. Find out when the NDIS will be in your area.

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Last updated or reviewed
02-08-2017

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