New Early Childhood Partners in NSW – What does this mean for families?
The NDIA has announced the appointment of new early Childhood Partners in NSW.
This means that families are no longer able to come to RIDBC for their ECEI /NDIS planning meetings, plan review meetings or assistance in gaining access to NDIS. Families now need to seek assistance from the New Early Childhood Partners in NSW, to gain access to NDIS funding to be able to financially support your child’s hearing and vision needs.
RIDBC will continue to provide services and support families. The only change families should experience is who they will complete their NDIS planning meeting with. RIDBC will be continuing within their service capacity supporting families with vision and hearing loss.
Who are the new Early Childhood Partners in NSW?
In NSW, the new Partners delivering ECEI services are:
- Lifestart (Service Areas: Central Coast, Illawarra Shoalhaven, South Eastern Sydney, Sydney and Nepean Blue Mountains). – 1800 953 390
- Northcott (Service Areas: Hunter New England, Mid North Coast, Northern NSW and Western Sydney). – 1800 818 286
- Mission Australia (Service Areas: Far West and Western NSW). – 1800 888 868
- EACH (Service Areas: South Western Sydney and Southern NSW). – 1300 003 224
- Intereach (Service Area: Murrumbidgee). – 1300 968 140
- Cerebral Palsy Alliance (Service Area: Northern Sydney). – 1300 888 378
Frequently asked questions by parents (the below information is provided by NDIA)
I think my child needs support from NDIS, who can I contact?
You can contact your local Partner. Partner office locations and details can be found on the NDIS website on the Our Locations page or their websites available on the New South Wales state page.
Early Childhood Partners have commenced taking enquiries and will respond to them from 1 July 2018.
How do I find an office?
All NDIA and Partner offices can be found on the NDIS Website ‘Our Locations’ page https://www.ndis.gov.au/about-us/locations.html you can go into any office for help.
My child’s Transition Provider has completed an ARF for me, who will we have a planning conversation with?
This application is currently in the process of being considered by the NDIS National Access Team. When an access decision has been made, you will be contacted by your new local Early Childhood Partner to commence a planning conversation.
My child has met access but hasn’t had a planning meeting, when will my child move to the new Partner?
Your new Early Childhood Partners will be in contact to arrange a planning meeting.
My child is on a waiting list, when will they get to see a Partner?
Details of individuals who were held on a waitlist by Transition Providers have been provided to the new Early Childhood Partners. Your Early Childhood Partner will contact you to discuss your child’s needs.
My child already has an NDIS plan, will my child move to the new Partner?
If you are implementing your plan, you will stay with your existing provider. If you want to change or need help thinking about your supports, you can contact your local Early Childhood Partner.
My child is due for a plan review, what will I do?
your plan is due for renewal in July or August, NDIS may be calling families directly to have a planning conversation and will likely issue an extension on the existing plan. For phone renewals at present reports will not be needed, but still ask your service providers, as they will demonstrate to NDIS how the funds have been spent and the outcomes achieved.
After July / August, your plan review meeting will take place with your new ECEI Partner. Families need clear progress reports from their service providers that demonstrate how they have been working towards their child’s NDIS goals, what the outcome has been, and what further development may be needed. Families should start collecting these reports 2 months prior to the end date of the plan.