In this final part of Kids First’s helpful introduction to the NDIS, our speech pathologists, occupational therapists, psychologists and teachers explain the choices that are available to northern beaches children and families. Read on for all the details …
The good news for families is that this new program offers a variety of choices, and as a parent, you get to decide what will work best for you and your child.
You get to decide who will provide services to your child…and you get to decide who manages the funds that your child receives.
4 management options available
There are four options for managing your child’s NDIS plan, and you can have as much or as little help as you think you need.
If you want complete control of the services your child receives, you can choose to manage your child’s funding yourself. You can also select a nominee, such as a member of your family, a friend or a carer to do this on your behalf.
Registered plan management provider
Another option is to choose a registered plan management provider who can look after some or all of your child’s support funding. This management provider can help you to find and organise support, or they can liaise with the providers you have already know and have chosen for your child. They can take care of the paperwork, deal with payments and work with your selected service providers to decide how and when your child gets support.
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) can also manage your child’s support funding for you. This means that you do not have to pay ‘up-front’ for your child’s services because the NDIA manages the accounting side of things, making payments on behalf of the participant to the provider. (Many families who attend Kids First choose this option) If you select this management option, you need to choose services from the list of Registered Providers on the NDIS website, such as Kids First
It’s completely possible to use a combination of these options in order to execute your child’s plan.
The NDIS & Helping Children with Autism or Better Start funding
If your child is already receiving support from the Helping Children with Autism or Better Start programs, don’t worry!
The Australian Government’s Department of Social Services is continuing these programs until the NDIS has been rolled out Australian wide. (This process is estimated to conclude in 2020.)
If your child currently receives Helping Children with Autism or Better Start funding, their current levels of support will continue until they reached the age of 7, or all of their funding has been spent.
NDIS at Kids First
Kids First’s highly qualified team of speech pathologists, occupational therapists, psychologists and teachers has many years’ experience supporting children with disabilities. We’ve been accredited Helping Children with Autism providers since 2009 and Better Start for Children with Disability providers since 2011.
Kids First also has years of experience supporting children who have self or plan managed NDIS funding.
Simply give us a call on 9938 5419 to chat about how we can help your child make the most of the NDIS.