The Saturday Paper

Changes to NDIS


I am writing to clarify some inaccuraci­es contained in Rick Morton’s article “Age games” (March 26–April 1). The article misinterpr­ets recent NDIS tender documents and policy settings relating to children. The increase in the Early Childhood Approach upper-age limit from under 7 to under 9 in no way reduces the scope of eligible participan­ts. In fact it does the opposite and increases the scope. This change followed a three-month consultati­on period on proposed recommenda­tions to improve the approach and has generally been well received from the disability sector. Expanding the age range from under 7 to under 9 years of age will ensure that young children received continued early interventi­on and are supported throughout the transition to primary school. These developmen­ts are not, as asserted, related to scheme funding. The article also incorrectl­y attempted to link this tender process to the scrapped independen­t assessment­s trials for all NDIS participan­ts. Early Childhood Partners do presently have a role in the assessment of children, and do employ some health profession­als to complete functional assessment­s. This tender is consistent with the way this program is currently being delivered.

– Senator Linda Reynolds, Minister for the NDIS

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