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NDIS Early Intervention

Early intervention supports are being implemented differently to the supports for other participants. 

NDIS Early Childhood Early Intervention Information


National Approach to Early Intervention

On 26 February 2016 a national approach to early intervention was released. The Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) Approach is to support children with disabilities as well as children with developmental delay.

Early Childhood Early Intervention approach (PDF 550KB)


Early Childhood Intervention Australia (ECIA)

ECIA is the peak body for Early Childhood Intervention in Australia.  They represent professionals and organisations that provide services to young children with disabilities or developmental delays and their families. They have launched a new website called The Inclusion Hub designed to support and provide information and resources to families, practitioners and communities to assist with navigating the NDIS.  It contains general information about Early Childhood Intervention as well as more specific information about Early Childhood Intervention and the NDIS including the NDIS Readiness Guidebook; Making a Start with NDIS and 10 Things You Need to Know to Prepare for the NDIS.


Early Intervention Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for Early Intervention in the NDIS:
  • A person must have an impairment or condition that is likely to be permanent and
  • There must be evidence that getting supports now (early Interventions) will help them reduce how much help they will need in the future, improve or reduce deterioration of their functional capacity, help their family/carers to keep helping them and those supports are most appropriately funded through the NDIS


  • They are a child under 6 years of age with developmental delay which results in substantially reduce functional capacity in one or more of the areas of self-care, receptive and expressive language, cognitive development or motor development and results in the need for a combination and sequence of special interdisciplinary or generic care, treatment or other services which are of extended duration, and are individually planned and coordinated; and
  • Those supports are most appropriately funded through the NDIS


Early Intervention Provider  - Is an agency or a may be a group of individual professionals who specialise in early intervention areas such as education, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, psychology and speech pathology. They create a relationship between the parents and professionals and help the child and family work towards reaching their goals.


Keyworker – They work with the family to assist in coordinating ‘a team of professionals’ to work with your child.  They assist you with any issues that arise, with creating goals and the steps to achieve them for your child’s learning and development. They are the central person in a group of professionals and are responsible for delegating tasks and the team working coherently.

NDIA Release 16 LAC and ECEI Tenders – ACT and areas of QLD, VIC, SA

Information about role, grants, phasing dates for ECEI.

NSW – has rejected to follow the ECEI tender process. Delivery of ECEI in NSW will be by a network of experienced and skilled community based Early Childhood Intervention providers.

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