Transition to the NDIS for Early Intervention Services

Parents and carers

HCWA and Better Start will transition to the NDIS and gradually close. Children with disability can already access early intervention services in the NDIS sites.

The NDIS website has more details about where the NDIS is currently operating.

Unlike HCWA and Better Start, the NDIS provides support that can continue through to adulthood. Support under the NDIS is based on each child’s individual needs.

The Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) Approach is how the NDIS is working with Early Childhood Partners to deliver early childhood intervention for children aged 0-6 years.

The Early Childhood Partner will be the first contact point for families. They will discuss with the family the most appropriate supports that would benefit the child. This includes providing information and referral to other support services or organisations. Understanding that every child is different, the Early Childhood Partners will tailor the supports to the child and family’s individual needs and circumstances.

The ECEI Approach is being implemented in line with the scheduled full-scheme roll-out of the NDIS. Families are able to self-refer to their local Early Childhood Partner, or make contact with the NDIS through the call centre on 1800 800 110 and they will be directed to an Early Childhood Partner in their local area.

Once children transferring from HCWA or Better Start have a plan approved under the NDIS, their access to HCWA or Better Start funding will cease as they will then be eligible to receive funding under the NDIS.

Some of your questions about transition to the NDIS may be answered on the Frequently Asked Questions page.

If you live in Western Australia in a WA NDIS site your questions about transition to the WA NDIS may be answered on the WA NDIS Frequently Asked questions page.

Service providers

Children who access your services using HCWA or Better Start funding will gradually become NDIS clients as HCWA and Better Start transition to the NDIS.

You must register as a provider under the NDIS if you wish to continue delivering services to families in the NDIS roll-out areas.

Learn more about becoming an NDIS service provider

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