Access to the Scheme
2.30 The committee recommends that the NDIA clarify
and publish current ECEI access points, and outline the future model for access
Early Childhood Partners
2.37 The committee recommends that a nationally
consistent process for the engagement of Partners be developed by the NDIA.
2.84 The committee recommends that the NDIA publish
clear and comprehensive guidance around the eligibility criteria for children
with developmental delay on its website.
2.95 The committee recommends that the NDIA publish
information on its website about how List D is determined and how new
conditions are incorporated.
2.125 The committee recommends that the NDIA publish
information on all of its functional assessment tools currently in use.
2.126 The committee recommends the NDIA clarify how it
uses assessment tools, and specifically, how results are used to determine
eligibility and level of funding of children with disability or developmental
2.129 The committee recommends the NDIA liaise with the
sector to co-design and develop a purpose-built assessment tool for children with
ASD in Australia.
Adequacy of plans
3.40 The committee recommends that the NDIA provide
ongoing and targeted training to Planners creating ECEI Plans for children to
ensure they are equipped with the most up to date knowledge, expertise and
resources in their decision making.
Assessment and diagnosis reports
4.18 The committee recommends the NDIA clearly
communicate to families, Planners and ECEI Partners that assessment reports are
not needed unless requested by the NDIA.
4.19 The committee recommends the NDIA ensures
provision of funding for assessments in Plans is based on the Participant's needs
and is not arbitrarily restricted to a yearly assessment.
Funding in plans
4.66 The committee recommends the NDIA urgently
address the issues of scope and level of funding in Plans for children with
autism with a view to ensuring that recommended evidence-based supports and
therapies are fully funded.
4.69 The committee recommends the NDIA implement the
Provision of Hearing Services under the National Disability Insurance Scheme
recommendation 5 in relation to early intervention packages which says:
The committee recommends NDIA ensures that the early
intervention packages take a holistic approach to the needs of Participants and
funding, depending on need;
provision for additional services beyond core supports, depending on need; and
payment of the costs borne by approved service providers for the provision of
necessary and reasonable supports between time of diagnosis and Plan enactment.
4.73 The committee recommends the NDIA reviews and
clarifies its Operational Guidelines on funding for assistive technology with
the view of ensuring that Participants can access the most appropriate
equipment to meet their needs.
4.76 The committee recommends funding be made
available in Plans for interpreters, including funding an interpreter to
communicate with the Participant's parents or carers.
4.78 The committee recommends the NDIA consider
allocating specific funding for the development and provision of tailored
support programs for parents, carers and siblings of children with disability
through the ILC.
Provision of ECEI services in rural and remote areas
4.134 The committee recommends the NDIA develop a
strategy to foster greater use of technology to deliver services in regional,
rural and remote areas.
Adequacy of information
5.23 The committee recommends that the NDIA consult
and engage with key stakeholders to continually improve ECEI information on its
5.38 The committee recommends that the NDIA allocate
specific funding for information and support for vulnerable families to connect
with ECEI Partners through the ILC.
Accessibility of Approach
5.53 The committee recommends that the NDIA
collaborate with people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander,
and CALD communities, to co-design and develop accessible information about the
Scheme, the ECEI Approach, and how to use funds to access services.
5.55 The committee recommends that the NDIA develop a
specific strategy to deliver culturally appropriate services for Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander people under the ECEI Approach.
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