The NDIS pathway: how to get NDIS support

From Raising Children Network

The pathways to NDIS support are different for children of different ages, but the focus is the same – giving children quick access to the support they need. This is the pathway for children, birth to six:

  1. Contact the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). The NDIA runs the NDIS. You can call the NDIA on 1800 800 110, or you might be referred to the NDIA by your GP, child and family health nurse or paediatrician, or your child’s preschool or ECEC educator.

If your child currently gets government support like Better Start or Helping Children with Autism (HCWA), you’ll get a letter about the transition to the NDIS.

  1. Meet with an NDIS early childhood partner. An NDIS early childhood partner will arrange to meet with you to talk about your child’s and family’s needs.
  2. Decide on your child’s support needs. You and your NDIS early childhood partner will work together to decide what supports your child and family need. This support might include:
  • information services, emotional support or referral to a mainstream service like a community health service
  • early intervention support and strategies
  • longer-term support and an individualised support plan.
  1. Develop an individualised plan if your child needs it. If your child needs longer-term, intensive support, your NDIS early childhood partner will work with you to draw up an individualised NDIS plan. This plan will cover the support your child needs.

Your NDIS early childhood partner will submit your child’s plan to the NDIA for approval.

  1. Choose your early intervention support and service providers When you’ve decided on what supports are best for your child and family, you can choose the NDIS providers you want to work with and start putting your child’s plan into action.