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Research into the implementation of the NDIS in the early childhood intervention sector in NSW

With the transition of the Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) sector to the full National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), ECIA NSW/ACT instigated an essential research project with the University of New South Wales (UNSW) to gather evidence of family and service provider experiences of the NDIS.


ECIA NSW/ACT, with the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) at UNSW, undertook a longitudinal research project in 2017, which involved families and early childhood intervention practitioners and service providers. Little research has been undertaken in this area to explore what happens as more children, families and ECI service providers move to the NDIS.


The findings of the research show a wide range of experiences among both families and service providers regarding preparations for the NDIS and their early experiences while in the Scheme.


Many families continue to experience delays and communication issues in transitioning to the NDIS, especially disadvantaged families.


Service providers have advanced in their adaptation to NDIS processes, while systemic issues remain. The findings suggest implications for further transition to the NDIS and sustainability of good practice and ECI service types.


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