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ECIA National Welcomes Members

A part of its commitment to representing the early childhood intervention sector and its professionals on a national level, ECIA has for the past 12 months been in the process of transitioning from a state / territory Chapter based organisation to a national company limited by guarantee. With the restructure, ECIA's *Chapters of NSW/ACT, WA/NT, SA and QLD are winding down.
ECIA is now pleased to offer professional and organisational membership to current Chapter members as a transfer of membership, and to new members from all over Australia.

More support for people with disability in NT

The Turnbull Government will provide $14.8 million to fund Local Area Coordination (LAC) services and Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) services for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in the Darwin, Litchfield and Palmerston government areas.

The NDIS is expected to support more than 6,500 people in the Northern Territory and about 460,000 people nationally when it is fully implemented in 2020. The Scheme is also expected to boost the Northern Territory economy by $160 million, and create up to 1,325 new jobs in disability services in the Territory.

ISEI Conference Call for Papers now open!

The International Society on Early Intervention (ISEI) is pleased to invite researchers and practitioners in ECI and related fields to participate in our conference to be held in Sydney, Australia, June 25-28, 2019. The ISEI conference will be held in conjunction with Early Childhood Intervention Australia, the major professional body in this field in Australia. 

The ISEI Conference has a strong history of bringing together experts from all around the world. This is the first time that this conference will be held in the Southern Hemisphere. Previous conferences have been held in Stockholm, St. Petersburg, New York, Zagreb, and Rome.      

NSW Early Childhood Partners Announced

Announcement of Early Childhood Partners

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has announced the appointment of our new Early Childhood Partners in NSW

Six organisations have been appointed to deliver the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) Approach as Early Childhood Partners in NSW.

NSW Gaps Position Paper Released

On Thursday, 26 April 2018 ECIA released a Position Paper on 'Gaps'.
 
This ECIA Position Paper, developed by ECIA NSW/ACT has been the culmination of various discussions, consultations and two round tables with key government agencies, the ECI sector and Non-Government (NGO) representatives and makes a number of strategic recommendations addressing and highlighting key issues, concerns and possible ways forward. It reflects the issues raised by our NSW members during the last 12 months, with the focus on historic issues regarding the interface with other government systems and the redefined role of early childhood intervention (ECI) providers under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Winners announced for the IFCP Grant

The ECIA NSW/ACT Innovation in Family Centred Practice (IFCP) Grant opened on Tuesday 13th of March 2018. Members of ECIA NSW/ACT providing Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) services in NSW were able to apply. The closing date for applications was Monday 9th of April 2018. The IFCP Grant received an overwhelming response from the sector with a total of 18 applications received from early childhood services across NSW. There was an excellent spread of large and small organisations from metropolitan, rural, regional and remote areas of the state, and there were many excellent applications, which made the job of the assessment panel particularly challenging!

NDIS Quality and Safeguards Legislation and Rules

Parliament of Australia has assented to the legislative framework and rules establishing the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission.  Several pieces of legislation were elected.  We will address two in particular:
The Provider Registration and Practice Standards Rules which set out the requirements for provider registration and the NDIS Code of Conduct which set the minimum expectations, behaviour and culture of NDIS providers and persons employed or otherwise engaged by NDIS providers, and empowers consumers in relation to their rights. Click here to read the Code of Conduct Rules 2018

Quarterly Data Report for period up to 31 March 2018

The latest quarterly data report provides significant insight into children age 0-6 and ECI service provision under the NDIS:

Children age 0-6 are now the second largest group of NDIS participants standing at 19,002 children with approved plans.

However, children age 0-6 are the smallest group of participants in terms of committed funds, coming in at approximately 3 per cent.

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