NDIS – Tasmanian Students

NDIS Support for School Students in Tasmania

For students who are eligible for the NDIS, the NDIA will work with the student and family to develop a care plan that outlines and funds the reasonable and necessary supports needed to meet the needs and goals of the student.

The NDIS has responsibility for some of the supports students need at school. This includes:

  • personal-care, for example assistant with eating, toileting, and/or taking medication
  • transport to and from school
  • equipment the student needs wherever they are, such as a wheelchair and support managing transitions to and from school

Support provided by NDIS Support provided on case by case Support provided by School Education
  1. Personal Care – for students who require assistance with eating, toileting, and/or taking medication.
  2. Specialist Transport – for students who require transport to and from school, where the transport is required because of the student’s disability and no other transport option is available.
  3. Individualised Strategies – for school officers related to a participant’s specific personal support needs. For example: professional learning / training in relation to specific processes like peg feeding, tracheotomy management.
  1. Therapies and allied health
    • NDIS: required to maintain functioning or to improve functioning in an early intervention context. For example: physiotherapy or occupational therapy support to maintain mobility or functional skills
    • Education: where it is specifically for the purpose of education attainment or learning. For example: fine motor skill development to support hand writing skills
  2. Permanent aids and equipment
    • NDIS: where this is required for daily living, such as hearing aids and wheel chairs.
    • Education: where it is primarily for the purpose of education attainment or learning, or fixed in a school, such as sloped writing tables.
  1. Learning related support – which includes: teachers, teacher aids, learning aids and equipment.
    For example: professional learning to support curriculum differentiation and inclusive teaching practices and assistive technologies to access the curriculum.
  2. Building adjustments – includes modifications and fixed aids and equipment, such as hoists and ramps.
  3. Transport for school activities – such as excursions or school events.
  4. Capacity building within schools – to assist staff or other students to respond to the general needs of people with disability, such as inclusive and respectful language.

What do you need to do next?

If young people and children are already receiving specialist disability support and are known to Gateway Services, or if people are currently waiting for support and have already been in touch with Gateway Services, they do not need to do anything right now.

If children are on the Department of Education’s Severe Disability Register or are receiving additional supports on the basis of disability through their school, parents do not need to do anything right now.

DoE, Disability and Community Services, Gateway Services and the NDIA will work together to identify all children and young people currently receiving specialist disability services and those who are on needs registers.

The NDIA will then contact families of eligible children and young people with a disability at the appropriate time and arrange a time for them to participate in an initial planning meeting to discuss future goals and immediate support needs.

Children and young people with disability will continue to have access to state-funded specialist disability services until their NDIS plan starts.

The Tasmanian Government will work with people with disability, accessing specialist disability services, their families, carers and service providers, to ensure service delivery and support is not disrupted during the transition period.

Those children who have been in receipt of specialist transport assistance, through the DoE’s Transport assistance scheme, will all be included in the transition prior to the end of 2017.

Alternatively, people with disability who are not currently receiving state government funded specialist disability services can visit the NDIS website or call the NDIA on 1800 800 110 for further information.