The NDIS funds:

  • Disability-specific supports needed because of the impact of a child or parent’s disability.
  • Disability-specific training programs for parents and carers who have a disability themselves, or a child with disability.
  • Disability support for children, teenagers and adults in out-of-home care, including home modifications, equipment, therapies and behavioural support, and development of a child’s skills to become more independent.

The Community and Government Family Services funds:

  • Response to child protection issues.
  • Information and awareness campaigns regarding child safety and wellbeing.
  • Counselling, parenting skills programs and family relationship services.
  • Out-of-home care for children, teenagers and adults, including housing, care allowances, payments and other standard supports to sustain the arrangements.
  • Family and parenting payments such as the Family Tax Benefit or Child Care Rebates.

How will a child with disability be supported if they move into out of home care?

State governments retain responsibility for protecting the wellbeing of children.

This will include arranging out of home care for a child where this is required. State governments also need to ensure this care arrangement is appropriate and sustainable, including training of carers, payments to foster carers, supervised contact and so on.

The Scheme will continue to support the child’s disability related needs, such as aids and equipment, supports to access the community and transport.

Generally, entering out of home care would be a significant change in a child’s circumstances and as a result a child’s individual plan would be reviewed. This discussion would include any changes to a child’s nominees, as well as considering whether the child’s support needs have changed as a result of their change in caring arrangements.

What happens if the community services system doesn’t fund the supports I need?

If the community services system is responsible for a support, the Scheme cannot fund that support, even if community services system does not provide it. However, the Scheme may still able to provide assistance to participants, for example, a Local Area Coordinator can assist the participant to make contact and discuss their needs with appropriate providers.