Managing NDIS externally funded service providers in Independent Schools

Edited on April 04, 2023

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (also called the NDIS) provides support to Australians with disability, their families and carers. The NDIS provides all Australians under the age of 65 with a permanent and significant disability with the reasonable and necessary supports they need to enjoy an ordinary life.

The NDIS helps people with disability achieve their goals, including independence, community involvement, education, employment and health and wellbeing. As an insurance scheme, the NDIS takes a lifetime approach, investing in people with disability early to improve their outcomes later in life. It also provides people with disability, their family and carers with information and referrals to existing support services in the community.

Under the NDIS a range of support services are provided by non-government organisations. Families can choose who provides their child’s support and where they would like the supports delivered. These supports are often requested to take place on school grounds during school.

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 further encouraged to ensure that service providers support schools as they work toward agreed goals, and that service providers do not duplicate or detract from the educational program.

The Association of Independent Schools of the ACT has developed these guidelines to support Member Schools to create or update relevant policies to include NDIS externally funded service providers as potential visitors to schools.

AISACT Guidance – Managing NDIS Externally Funded Service Providers in Independent Schools