NSW transitional approach to delivering Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI)

The NDIA has been working collaboratively with the Department of Family and Community Services, the Commonwealth Department of Social Services and Early Childhood Intervention Australia (ECIA) NSW/ACT to connect the existing NSW ECEI arrangements with the NDIS, as a transitional arrangement until the national model is commissioned. The transitional approach will operate until 30 June 2018 with the NDIA running a competitive sourcing process for long term ECEI arrangements from 1 July 2018 onwards.

Visit the ECEI page for more information.

The NSW transitional approach recognises that a significant proportion of early childhood providers are already funded by FACS to provide supports consistent with the NDIA’s ECEI approach. All funding for direct services to children and young people will progressively transition from NSW to the NDIS as existing clients begin participating in the NDIS. All providers who meet NDIA registration requirements will be able to continue to provide early intervention supports to children under NDIS plans, and will have the potential to grow this part of their business.

The functions performed by early childhood intervention providers which align with the NDIA ECEI approach include:

  • functional assessment and provision of short term specialist supports
  • developing and reviewing individual support plans
  • assisting children and families to access NSW and Commonwealth disability supports
  • referring children and families to mainstream and community-based support options
  • building community inclusion and capacity.

The NSW ECEI transition providers sorted by NSW local government areas can be found here.

If you have any questions please contact your current provider. For existing children who are currently linked with a provider not identified in the above list, please make contact with one of the Transition Providers within your geographical area.