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The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

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

The NDIS helps people with disability achieve their goals, including independence, community involvement, education, employment and health and wellbeing.   As an insurance scheme, the NDIS takes a lifetime approach, investing in people with disability early to improve their outcomes later in life.  It also provides people with disability, their family and carers with information and referrals to existing support services in the community.

Under the NDIS a range of support services are provided by non-government organisations. Families can choose who provides their child’s support and where they would like the supports delivered.

In the ACT, the NDIS works with two organisations to support people with disability to engage with the NDIS these are:

Both organisations offer a wide range of support services for families and will help families in requesting access to the NDIS.

Contact information for the NDIS, EACH and Feros Care  can be found here.

What Education Related Supports will the NDIS Fund?

All schools have legislative obligations to ensure that students with disability can access and participate in education on the same basis as other students. ACT Education engages in a range of practices that support schools in assisting students with disability in their educational attainment, including inclusive teaching and educational resources. These practices include:

The NDIS has funding responsibility for some of the supports a student may need at school external link icon, such as:

If you think your child needs transport or personal care support at school, please speak with your child’s NDIS planner.

If a student is eligible to participate in the NDIS and accesses the Special Needs Transport program and/or personal care assistance at school, the cost of these services will appear in the student's NDIS package (however the NDIS does not transfer fundingfor this support to either the family or to the school, instead it is included as a part of the Territory-wide in-kind support provided to the NDIS by the ACT Government).

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

If my child has a developmental delay or disability can I send them to any preschool or school?

All preschool and school age children, including those with a developmental delay or disability, are able to enrol in preschool or school.  Under the Australian Disability Standards for Education external link icon, children cannot be excluded from education based on a delay in their development or a disability.   Your choice of school is not limited by your child’s developmental delay or disability. The same enrolment procedures and guidelines for ACT public schools apply to all children, regardless of their support needs. All ACT public schools are able to support children with disability to access and participate in school.

If you are interested in enrolling your child in a specialist school or specialist preschool at Malkara or Cranleigh, you are encouraged to contact the specialist school principal directly. The specialist school principal will advise on eligibility criteria, for children with significant developmental delay or disability.

Can a child go to preschool if they are not toilet trained or if they require extensive supports?

Yes.  A delay in development may include late toilet-training. Adjustments will be made in the preschool to accommodate the child’s needs.

What is the Support at Preschool program?

If you would like further information on how the Disability Education Support at Preschool team can assist, please contact Support at Preschool on (02) 6205 7903.

Who else can assist my child at preschool?

Under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) a range of early intervention services are provided by non-government providers. More information about the services providers registered in the ACT can be found in the find registered service providers’ tool external link icon available in the NDIS webpage.

NDIS -School Leaver Employment Support (SLES)

School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES) is an early intervention approach to employment for Year 12 school leavers with disability. The aim is to provide eligible NDIS participants with a supported pathway from school into employment.

Students wanting to access SLES will also need to meet the access requirements of the NDIS to become an NDIS participant.

More information about the SLES initiative can be found here:

For further information about the Special Needs Transport program, please refer to the Transport Canberra and City Services Directorate website external link icon.