Early Childhood Intervention Australia (ECIA) welcomes the recommendations of the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into the Implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and the provision of disability services in New South Wales.


Yvonne Keane, Chief Executive Officer of ECIA has welcomed the recommendations, and is particularly delighted with Recommendation 4 that the NSW Government develops an Integrated Early Intervention Program to support children who are not eligible for National Disability Insurance Scheme funding.


The Implementation of the NDIS in NSW Parliamentary Inquiry Report makes a number of sound recommendations regarding the Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) design and approach under the NDIS. These recommendations include access to early childhood services, regardless of eligibility for the NDIS, particularly for children with developmental delay; timeliness of access requests and plan approvals; and additional support for Early Childhood Partners to build their capacity to provide and facilitate a coordinated response to children requiring early intervention supports.


“We are heartened that the Committee has listened to ECIA and the early childhood intervention sector in NSW, and recognised that more support needs to be provided to children with a disability and/or delay, and their families, who may not eligible for the NDIS. More work needs to be undertaken to provide families with information and linkages to supports and services within their community.”


Ms Keane says that ECIA is continuing to engage with NSW Government regarding “gaps issues” which were identified in ECIA’s NSW Gaps Position Paper, published in May 2018.


“We look forward to a furthering these discussion with the NSW Government and actively working towards a solution. Every single day that a child is delayed in receiving life-changing early intervention is opportunity lost.”


ECIA is the peak national organisation promoting the interests of service providers to young children, aged 0 to 6, with developmental delay or disability, their families and communities.


To obtain a copy of the Report into the Parliamentary Inquiry into the Implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme in NSW please go to:  https://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/committees/inquiries/Pages/inquiry-details.aspx?pk=2496#tab-reportsandgovernmentresponses


To obtain a copy of Clarifying Evidence provided by Ms Yvonne Keane, CEO of Early Childhood Intervention Australia please go to:  https://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/committees/inquiries/Pages/inquiry-details.aspx?pk=2496#tab-otherdocuments


To obtain a copy the NSW Gaps Position Paper developed by ECIA NSW/ACT please go to: