Outside School Hours Care for Teenagers with Disability (OTD)
OTD is an Australian Government initiative for students aged 12 to 18 years with a permanent and significant disability.
OTD provides flexible and appropriate care aimed to provide social, recreational and life skills and developmental activities that are stimulating and age appropriate. It provides quality care for the student.
Transitioning to the NDIS
As the NDIS is rolled out across Australia, OTD will progressively phased out.
OTD clients will need to test their eligibility for the NDIS to continue to receive supports. Begin the process of testing your eligibility early.
NDIS participants will access supports through their NDIS plans. Supports currently provided through the OTD program will not necessarily be replicated by the NDIS. They may take the form of different supports or services, depending on the needs and decisions of each NDIS participant and their family. Clients continue to receive supports through the OTD program until their NDIS plans are finalised.
Continuity of Support
OTD is a defined program, meaning that most clients will be eligible for the NDIS.
In the unlikely case that a client is ineligible for the NDIS, they will be able to access similar supports through the Continuity of Support Fund (the Fund), announced in the 2018-19 Budget. The Fund will be administered by the Department of Social Services.
Details about how support will be delivered through the Fund will be made available once long-term arrangements have been finalised.
Providers should support their clients to access the NDIS when it is due to start in your region.
As a provider, you will have an interest in guiding your clients through the transition. This is also a requirement of your grant agreement.
Providers are encouraged to register to deliver services under the NDIS as it starts in their area. There will be significant opportunities for providers under the NDIS. In exercising choice and control, NDIS participants will be looking for quality providers that deliver the services they want, and in a way that best meets their needs.
As clients transition to the NDIS, it will mean a change to how providers receive payments for services. If you, as a provider, provide services to an NDIS participant, you will need to claim the cost of providing that service from the NDIS.
Providers will be funded to maintain services for OTD clients while their NDIS access requests are processed and while their support plans are developed.