Implementation of the NDIS in the early childhood intervention sector in NSW

The early childhood intervention (ECI) sector is currently in transition to the full National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). This transition requires families to make new choices about which services best meet their child’s needs. It also requires ECI service providers to begin to deliver services under the NDIS, using its core approaches of maximising choice and control and individualised service provision. The quality of the transition to the NDIS has important implications for children with developmental delays and/or disabilities, families and ECI service providers.

There is a need to further understand what happens as more children, families and ECI service providers move to the NDIS. This will ensure that key transitional issues can be identified and addressed as the roll out occurs, to best achieve good practice ECI for children and families, and innovation and sustainability for ECI service types.

Early Childhood Intervention Australia (ECIA) NSW/ACT commissioned the Social Policy Research Centre to conduct research into the experiences of families and ECI service providers in the transition to the NDIS in New South Wales (NSW). Earlier research canvassed the relevant early intervention literature and good practices in the context of the NDIS (Meltzer et al 2016a). The research is a two time-point study with surveys, interviews and case studies. This report provides an analysis of the findings from the first round of data collection, and implications of the findings for the ongoing rollout of the NDIS.

 to view the report.

Implementation of the NDIS in the early childhood intervention sector in NSW: Report 1 – Findings from data collection Round 1

This report is the first in a two part study of the transition of the early childhood intervention (ECI) service providers in NSW and families to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The study will review the broader impact of the NDIS roll out on ECI services, families, the ECEI Approach and ECI best practice. ECIA NSW/ACT has contracted the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) at the University of NSW to undertake this research project.

 to view the report.


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