5 June NSW Early Childhood Partners Announced June 5, 2018 By Lee Edmondson Sector Development 0 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. 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. The Early Childhood Partners have had experience in Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) service provision and/or have experience in the delivery of the NSW Transitional ECEI model. In NSW, the new Partners delivering ECEI services are: Lifestart (Service Areas: Central Coast, Illawarra Shoalhaven, South Eastern Sydney, Sydney and Nepean Blue Mountains). Northcott (Service Areas: Hunter New England, Mid North Coast, Northern NSW and Western Sydney). Mission Australia (Service Areas: Far West and Western NSW). EACH (Service Areas: South Western Sydney and Southern NSW). Intereach (Service Area: Murrumbidgee). Cerebral Palsy Alliance (Service Area: Northern Sydney). The Early Childhood Partners will be able to leverage their existing relationships with the current NSW ECI service providers to ensure a smooth transition for children with a developmental delay or disability and their families as we move toward full scheme NDIS and a national ECEI Approach. ECIA NSW/ACT has contacted the NDIA to request a forum be held in NSW and for communications to be put in place as soon as practicable between the Early Childhood Partners and the outgoing ECEI Transition Providers and NDIS registered service provides delivering Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) services, in order to ensure a smooth transition as we move forward in establishing the NDIA’s ECEI Approach in NSW. Margie O'Tarpey CEO ECIA NSW/ACT Related Winners announced at the 2017 Excellence Awards Winners announced at the 2017 Excellence Awards 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. 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. ECIA NSW/ACT 2017 Annual Report The 2017 Annual Report is now available. Click here to view or download the 2017 Annual Report. Click here to view or download the 2017 Financial Statements. 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. Showing 0 Comment Comments are closed.