ECIS and the NDIS

Information about the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Victoria's quality and safeguarding arrangements and other information for ECIS service providers.

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.

The roll-out has been carefully planned to give everyone the time, information and resources to move from the current state-based ECIS system to the NDIS.

More information about the NDIS and how it works can be found on the NDIS website

Transition to the NDIS

All areas across the state have now transitioned to the NDIS.

Early childhood intervention supports for children with disabilities or developmental delays are now accessed through the NDIS early childhood early intervention (ECEI) approach.

The NDIS has appointed early childhood partners in each area of Victoria. The partners are experienced in providing early childhood intervention.


  • assist families to understand the role of the NDIS
  • guide families to appropriate supports
  • offer independent advice on supports that best meet the child and family’s needs.

Advise parents and families who are seeking to early childhood intervention to contact the early childhood partner in the area where they live.

Maintaining quality standards throughout transition

The Commonwealth and Victorian governments agreed that existing quality standards would be continued and strong safeguards would be maintained during this transition period.

As the NDIS is rolled out, new arrangements have been put in place to make sure that children continue to be adequately protected.

A number of new providers are expected to seek to enter the market to deliver services for children with a disability or developmental delay.

Both governments will make sure these new providers meet the appropriate standards to deliver quality services to young children.

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

Our list of approved NDIS providers is updated regularly.

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 or Commonwealth 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.

Apply for Victorian approved NDIS provider status to deliver early childhood supports

We ceased taking new applications for Victorian approval (NDIS purposes) on 1 March 2019.

Applications that are not finalised with the Department and the NDIA before 30 June 2019 will not have that application transferred to the NDIS Commission.

New providers can apply with the NDIS Commission from 1 July 2019 to avoid any unnecessary duplication or effort. Further information regarding transition to the NDIS Commission is available on the NDIS Victorian Government website.

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 are required to purchase their independent review against the ECI standards from one of the Department endorsed independent review bodies. For a list of the Department approved independent review bodies, see: Department IRB panel providers (docx - 108.7kb) .

For information on maintaining Victorian approved NDIS provider status, preparing for independent review and considerations for an independent review, see: maintaining VANP status (docx - 215.91kb)

For an evidence guide to support providers undertaking assessment, see: Victorian ECI standards evidence guide (docx - 323.44kb)

For any queries relating to independent review against the ECI standards, email:

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.

For information on quality and safeguarding requirements and obtaining and maintaining Victorian approved provider status to deliver early childhood supports, see procedures and forms for NDIS ECS providers in Victoria (docx - 416 (docx - 326.48kb)

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.