Early Childhood Intervention Australia (ECIA) is the peak national organisation promoting the interests of young children with disabilities and developmental delays and their families. ECIA is dedicated to ensuring that young children of all abilities can fully participate in family and community life.

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has asked ECIA to provide recommendations for a set of national guidelines for Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) practice for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Current practices in ECI in Australia vary across and within states and territories. As a national scheme the NDIS requires guidelines that may be consistently applied in all states and territories. The national guidelines will be based upon best practice evidence and guided by national consultation with key stakeholders.

Consultation Workshops

During May and June 2015, workshops were held in each State and Territory. ECI stakeholders were invited to discuss current practice in Early Childhood Intervention and consulted on principles of best practice. This was an opportunity for ECI stakeholders to influence the design and contribute to the recommendations put forward to the NDIA in preparation for the NDIS full scheme roll out.

ECIA have released ‘Emerging Themes’ reports for each of the consultation workshops. The reports provide a summary of the participants responses to topics discussed during the consultation workshops.

Geelong Emerging Themes Report

Hobart Emerging Themes Report

Darwin Emerging Themes Report

Melbourne Emerging Themes Report

Perth Emerging Themes Report

Adelaide Emerging Themes Report

Newcastle Emerging Themes Report

Canberra Emerging Themes Report

Sydney Emerging Themes Report

Rockhampton Emerging Themes Report

Brisbane Emerging Themes Report