Advocacy

ECIA Submission to the NDIS Act review

The federal government's Department of Social Services has commissioned EY to conduct a review of the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act (2013). As the national peak body for Early Childhood Intervention, ECIA was invited to participate in the review, attending a review focus group session in September and providing a separate written submission.

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Response to Information, Linkages and Capacity Building policy under the National Disability Insurance Scheme

ECIA was invited by the Department of Social Services to respond to the Information, Linkages and Capacity Building Framework, previously named tier two under the NDIS. And responded in March 2015.

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Childcare and Early Learning Inquiry Submission February 2014

ECIA's response to the Productivity Commission inquiry into Childcare and Early Learning.  ECIA's submission highlighted the particular needs of children with disability and developmental delay and their families.  Areas highlighted include inclusion, inclusion support subsidy, specialist equipment program, workforce improvement, transition to school and ECEC and the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

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NDIA Draft Strategic Plan 2013-2016 Submission January 2014

In this submission, ECIA highlighted the important role of the family in the lives of young children with disability and/or developmental delay.  The specific needs of young children within the goals and outcomes of the NDIS were discussed.

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Early Childhood Development Workforce Submission

Submission to the Productivity Commission’s study into the Early Childhood Development (ECD) workforce, identifying the training needs within the ECD sector, if all children's needs are to be effectively met. Broads skills and knowledge in accommodating individual needs are a sound base from which to build more specific techniques that might be required for working with individual children with delays or disability.

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Better Start for Children with Disabilities Initiative Submission

The Federal government initiatives, Better Start for Children with Disability package and the Helping Children with Autism package have created a range of opportunities to increase service provision to children and their families. We commend the government for their commitment to improving services and look forward to working together to ensure best practice is maintained.

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Review of the Disability Standards for Education 2005

Early Childhood Intervention Australia (ECIA) submitted its views on the current issues facing children who have disabilities or developmental delays and their families. The provision of early childhood intervention services is a fundamental human right and we advocate that governments promote the optimal development of all young children through well-funded initiatives that effectively support the foundations of education and learning, family resilience and social inclusion.

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NDIS: eligibility & support consultation

ECIA contributed to the discussions on the NDIS and  highlighted the particular needs of young children with a disability and their families in the development of a new sustainable, supportive, service delivery system. A successful experience in the early years forms the basis of a comprehensive life span approach, relevant to people with a disability of all ages. The key is to get the right supports right from the start.

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Inclusion and Professional Support Program submission (July, 2011)

Submission to the Inclusion and Professional Support Program (DEEWR) Discussion Paper: The future of the Inclusion and Professional Support Program. ECIA suppports the core structure of the IPSP which consists of 1. Localised professional support (Inclusion support facilitators), 2. support for additional service capacity (Inclusion Support Subsidy), and 3. Professional development (Professional Support Co-Ordinators and IPSU's).

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Response to Long-term Disability Care and Support Scheme (Apr 2011)

Early Childhood Intervention Australia (ECIA) submitted its views on the current issues facing infants and young children who have disabilities or developmental delays and their families. As identified in the Terms of Reference, the NDIS is proposed to include infants and young children with disabilities and developmental delays.

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