Managing NDIS externally funded service providers in Independent Schools

Edited on October 11, 2018

Through the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), more families are accessing private therapy services for their children who have a disability. As a result, Principals in all Education sectors have received requests for NDIS funded therapeutic support to be delivered during school hours and on school premises.

As a scheme the NDIS recognises the importance of education in the life of students with disabilities. Through the planning stages of developing an NDIS plan families are encouraged to work with their school to ensure that the NDIS plan and the school’s Individual Learning Plan for the students complement each other. Families are also encouraged to ensure that service providers support schools as they work to agreed goals, and that service providers do not duplicate or detract from the educational program.

These guidelines have been developed by the Association of Independent Schools of the ACT to support Member Schools to develop or change relevant policies to include NDIS externally funded service providers as potential visitors to schools.