NDIS information for schools Page Content The NDIS is the new way of providing disability support for Australians with disability, their families and carers. About the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) The NDIS aims to provide all Australians under the age of 65 who have a permanent and significant disability with the reasonable and necessary supports they need to enjoy an ordinary life. Funding is allocated to the person and they can choose who they buy services from and when, where and how they receive services. The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) runs the NDIS. A phased roll out of the NDIS began in Victoria on 1 July 2016 and is progressing, area by area, until 30 June 2019. It is estimated that 105,000 people in Victoria will move to the NDIS. See the rollout schedule for the NDIS in Victoria or visit National Disability Insurance Scheme for more information. An Easy English version of this topic has been written for parent/carer(s). See: The NDIS and your child at school (accessible) (pdf - 561.34kb) On this page Role of schools Responsibilities of schools and the NDIS School programs affected by the NDIS School leaver employment supports Contacts Role of schools Schools play an important role in supporting students with disability and their families to access the NDIS and maximise the benefits available to them through the scheme. This includes: providing copies of school reports that may assist with NDIS applications and planning. This may include: copies of applications for the Program for Students with Disability (PSD) individual education plansreports from student support services, like psychologists or social workers. supporting families by providing general information about the NDIS (docx - 137.14kb)facilitating NDIS funded therapy in school, where it is safe and practical to do so. Responsibilities of schools and the NDIS Schools are responsible for individual learning and support for students in relation to their educational outcomes. This includes: teachinglearning assistance and aidsschool building modificationstransport between school activities. The NDIS is responsible for funding supports that the student needs as a result of the impact of their disability on their daily activities (not relating to educational outcomes). This includes: personal care and supporttransport to and from schoolspecialist transition supports to and from school to further education, training or employment. The NDIS does not fund education-related supports, such as school uniforms and course fees. School programs affected by the NDIS There are two school programs that are affected by the NDIS: Students with Disabilities Transport Program If a student gets support under the Students with Disabilities Transport Program, the student transport now comes under the NDIS. However, until 2023 student transport will be provided by the Victorian Government as an in-kind service. If the student is an NDIS participant and does not use the Students with Disabilities Transport program, their families or carers need to talk to the NDIA about help with student transport. We are working with the NDIA to confirm how school transport for students with disabilities will be delivered in the future. Personal care in schools Some students need personal care assistance at school. This may include help with: toiletingeating and drinkingdressingmoving aroundcomplex health or medical support. Personal care is usually provided by Education Support staff. The school will continue to provide personal care until a decision is made by governments about who will deliver personal care. We are working with the NDIA to confirm how this will be delivered in the future. School leaver employment supports The NDIS funds a range of post school supports to help young people with disability move from school into employment or other options, for example: social and community participationbuilding life skillsmobility or communication technologyfurther studyfinding and maintaining a job. Some students with disability leaving school can use Disability Employment Services (DES) to help find work. School leaver employment supports can be used by NDIS participants who have recently left school and are ineligible for DES. See more information on School leaver employment supports. Contacts Contact the following for specific queries about the NDIS: North Eastern Victoria Region: Pauline Cavalot (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Siska Frederick (email@example.com). North Western Victoria Region: Cheryl Mills (firstname.lastname@example.org) South Eastern Victoria Region: Tracey Walker (email@example.com) South Western Victoria Region: Jo Marshall (firstname.lastname@example.org) Our NDIS Reform Branch can be contacted at: email@example.com.