Independent Pricing Review - Issues and Concerns for ECI Service Providers

Early Childhood Intervention Australia (ECIA) has received extensive feedback from the Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) sector Australia wide about Therapy Price Controls set out in recommendations 17 to 21 in the McKinsey & Company Independent Pricing Review (IPR) Report released on 2 March 2018.

  to view the submission ECIA has made to the NDIA in response to the IPR recommendations.

ECIA Submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry into the Provision of Services under the NDIS ECEI (2017)

On 1 September 2016, the House of Representatives established the Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
As part of the committee’s inquiry into the implementation, performance and governance of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), the committee will examine the provision of services under the NDIS Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) Approach.

The joint committee is to report by 6 December 2017.

For further information about the Parliamentary Inquiry into the provision of services under the NDIS ECEI, click HERE.

ECIA Submission Summary:
This submission recognises that as the Scheme is rolled out and the ECEI approach becomes “usual practice” in service coordination, planning and delivery there is a need to ensure that there are collaborations/networks and systems in place to gather ongoing feedback from participants and the disability, health and educations sectors.

It also acknowledges a requirement for ongoing evaluation, research, capacity building, innovation and workforce development.

ECIA’s expectation is that children with disability/developmental delay will receive best practice Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) based on the ECIA National Guidelines for Best Practice Early Childhood Intervention (ECIA February 2016). The Guidelines provide an evidence-based framework for excellence in service delivery developed by and for the ECI Sector and commissioned by NDIA.

  to view the Submission.

ECIA Submission to the NDIS Act Review (2015)

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.

The written submission focuses on the following areas:

  • Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • Principles relating to plans
  • Early Childhood Intervention Eligibility - Developmental Delay
  • Residency requirements
  • Principles relating to the participation of people with disability
  • Governance arrangements

 to view the Submission

ECIA Response to Information, Linkages and Capacity Building Policy under the NDIS (2015)

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.

  to view the Response.

ECIA Submission to Productivity Commisions Inquiry into Childcare and Early Learning

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. ECIA believes that this Inquiry provides a crucial opportunity to improve inclusion in ECEC for children with disability and developmental delay. ECEC services have the power to not only make the biggest impact on children’s lives and their future life trajectory, but to also change the next generation’s attitudes on community inclusion.

  to view the Submission

ECIA Submission regarding NDIA Draft Strategic Plan 2013-2016 (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.

  to view the Submission