By 2019–2020, it is expected that 47,000 of the 460,000 total NDIS participants with approved plans will be children aged between 0–6. The NDIA estimates that a further 59,000 children aged between 0–6 may identify as having a developmental delay or disability, but are not expected to need individualised funded supports.
The Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) Approach is designed to individually determine and facilitate the most appropriate support pathway for each child aged 0–6 years with a disability or developmental delay (regardless of diagnosis), and their family.
The Approach is intended to uphold the eligibility criteria of the NDIS, while helpingto ensure that less severe cases are supported outside of the Scheme.
The committee recognises that the ECEI Approach is in its infancy, however, it is concerned that the current access arrangements are potentially advantaging families who can afford to source expensive assessments and reports to expedite their child's access to the Scheme.