ECIS and the NDIS

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

The NDIS is a nationalised approach to providing individualised support and services for people with disability, their families and carers to achieve their goals and aspirations.

The NDIS will roll out progressively over three years in Victoria from July 2016 and will mean changes in the way Early Childhood Intervention Services (ECIS) are accessed and the funding arrangements for service providers. Victorian funded ECIS will transition into the NDIS, area by area, between July 2016 and June 2019.

More information about the NDIS and how it works can be found on the NDIS website: www.ndis.gov.au

Victorian Quality and Safeguards

Quality and Safeguards Working Arrangements for transition to full scheme have been agreed between the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments. These working arrangements set out the agreed roles and responsibilities of the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments and the NDIA in maintaining quality supports and strong safeguards for NDIS participants in Victorian during the transition period.

Victorian and Commonwealth safeguards will apply where NDIS providers register to deliver 'in-scope' supports that have been matched to current Victorian and Commonwealth programs.

Providers seeking to deliver 'in-scope' supports will be unable to finalise registration with the NDIA to deliver these supports unless they supply evidence that they have the relevant Victorian or Commonwealth Approved NDIS Provider status to deliver those supports.

Quality and safeguarding will be achieved through:

  • NDIS registration processes, and
  • Victorian or Commonwealth Government monitoring

For more information regarding the Quality and Safeguards Working Arrangements for transition to the NDIS, visit the NDIS Provider Toolkit which includes the Guide to Suitability: NDIS provider guide to suitability

Delivering Early Childhood Supports under the NDIS 

The NDIS registration group Early Childhood Supports has been deemed a support that is 'in-scope' of Victorian Quality and Safeguarding arrangements.

Early Childhood Supports provide a range of therapy interventions in a collaborative environment designed to enhance development and maximise the potential of a young child who has a disability or developmental delay. The Early Childhood Supports registration group covers the following NDIS support items:

  • Transdisciplinary early childhood intervention
  • Specialised individual therapy for early childhood
  • Specialised group early childhood interventions

Under these arrangements, providing proof of status as a Victorian orCommonwealth Approved NDIS Provider is a pre-requisite for finalising NDIS registration to deliver Early Childhood Supports in Victoria.

Current funded Victorian ECIS providers hold Victorian Approved NDIS Provider status to deliver Early Childhood Supports .

Providers who were registered with the Commonwealth, prior to 1 July 2016, to deliver Helping Children with Autism or Better Start early childhood intervention programs in Victoria, hold Commonwealth Approved NDIS Provider status to deliver Early Childhood Supports.

Where a provider does not have proof of either Commonwealth or Victorian Approved NDIS Provider status to deliver Early Childhood Supports, they will need to apply for Victorian Approved NDIS Provider status.

Applying for Victorian Approved NDIS Provider status to deliver Early Childhood Supports

Providers seeking to apply for Victorian Approved NDIS Provider - Early Childhood Supports status should email the Victorian Government Triage portal and include a copy of the registration letter/email they have received from the NDIS. Triage will record details and forward the application to the Department of Education and Training (the Department). The Victorian Government Triage is managed by the Department of Health and Human Services and can be contacted via email : hsstandards@dhhs.vic.gov.au

The Department will then contact the provider with details of the application process for providers of Early Childhood Supports.

Applying for Victorian Approved NDIS Provider - Early Childhood Supports status includes undertaking a self assessment and quality improvement plan against the Victorian Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) Standards 2016 that demonstrates the provider's suitability to deliver Early Childhood Supports.

Providers must complete:

and submit both documents to the Department's Early Childhood Intervention Application Assessment Team for review. Further details on this process are provided in the Fact Sheet.

An evidence guide to support providers undertaking the self-assessment is available: Victorian ECI Standards Evidence Guide (docx - 323.44kb)

Maintaining Victorian Approved NDIS Provider - Early Childhood Supports status

Maintaining Victorian Approved NDIS Provider status requires all Early Childhood Supports providers to:

  • Undertake an independent review against the ECI Standards within the required time frame
  • Achieve and maintain verification against the ECI Standards
  • Comply with the conditions listed in the NDIS Guide to Suitability (updated July 2016). For further information please check the NDIS website: NDIS provider guide to suitability
  • Comply with Victorian Government Departmental monitoring.

Providers will be required to purchase their independent review against the ECI Standards from the department approved panel of independent review bodies, at provider expense. A list of the Department approved independent review bodies will  be available in 2017.

Providers must submit evidence of their compliance with the ECI Standards to the Department, using certification provided by their independent reviewer in order to maintain their approved status.

Further information on quality and safeguarding requirements and obtaining and maintaining Victorian Approved provider status to deliver Early Childhood Supports is available in the following document:

The Department list of Victorian Approved NDIS Providers of Early Childhood Supports will be made available here and updated on a regular basis as advised by the NDIA.