What the NDIS means for school students

Released 27/06/2014

27 June 2014

What the NDIS means for school students

School students with a disability will make the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) during the 2015 school year, but until they do all their supports will stay in place, Minister for Disability Joy Burch said today.

"In 2015, all school-age students with a disability will move to the NDIS according to their school year," Ms Burch said.

"But if you are leaving school at the end of 2014 you will be able to begin your transition to the NDIS from October this year, and until you have an approved plan with the National Disability Insurance Agency, all your current supports will continue."

High school students (years 7 to 12) will transition between January and March 2015, starting with those in years 11 and 12. Primary school students (kindergarten to year 6) will transition between April and September 2015.

"While some services in schools are specifically for students with a disability, and will therefore be in scope for the NDIS, the ACT Government will continue to provide them "in-kind" for the duration of the NDIS trial to avoid unnecessary disruption in schools," Ms Burch said.

"We want to make sure children at school are getting the support they need. While the NDIS will fund a number of disability supports, our education system will continue to provide the personal care and transport students are accessing today.

"Special Needs Transport is an assistance program that supports students with a disability to get to school, provided by Keirs, ACTION or taxi. This program will continue to be coordinated by the ACT Government during the NDIS trial.

"Personal care in schools will also continue to be delivered to students with disabilities during the NDIS trial by the Education and Training Directorate.

"Preschool services, early childhood education and care, and assessment services for children who may have a developmental delay are mainstream services and will continue to be provided by the ACT Government during and beyond the NDIS trial."

Special arrangements have also been put in place for people with disabilities who left school between 2008 and 2013 with a Post School Options package.

"We are aware that the transition from school to adulthood can be difficult for people with a disability, so we want to provide assistance to recent school leavers who have high and complex needs as soon as possible under the NDIS," Ms Burch said.

"If you left school between 2008 and 2013 with a Post School Options package, you will be able to access the NDIS between July and September this year."

Details of services for school students:

  • Until you have an approved plan with the NDIA, your current supports will continue.
  • Children in primary or secondary school will transition to the NDIS during the 2015 school year.
  • All 2014 school leavers with a disability will transition to the NDIS between October and December 2014.
  • 2008 to 2013 school leavers who received a Post School Options package will transition to the NDIS between July and September 2014.
  • Preschool is a mainstream program and will continue, as will the Support at Preschool program. All children who turn four by 30 April are eligible to attend their local preschool that year.
  • Early childhood education and care, and assessment services for children who may have autism or developmental delays will continue to be provided by the ACT Government during and beyond the NDIS trial.
  • Eligible children may choose a specialist school preschool program. Parents will be supported to choose the most appropriate setting for their child.
  • Special Needs Transport programs (Keirs, ACTION or taxi) will continue during the NDIS trial.
  • Personal care will also continue in schools.

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