The Australian government, and state and territory governments have been working together to understand if and how supported school transport could be delivered under the NDIS. They are asking families and providers for feedback on how to make sure that if supported school transport is in the NDIS, it is safe, flexible, affordable and reliable, in a nationally consistent way.
There are two broad options:
- Maintain current arrangements: States and territories retain responsibility.
- A new potential model for supported school transport in the NDIS: Governments have been working to understand:
- How increased choice and control can be provided in a way that is easy to understand and organise, recognising that choice and control can mean extra work for families;
- How existing eligibility for current school transport programs aligns with the reasonable and necessary criteria in the NDIS;
- The various approaches to service delivery to identify best practice;
- How to ensure appropriate quality and safeguarding arrangements and determine clear responsibilities between states, territories, families, schools and providers;
- The implications of moving from current arrangements to individual funding through NDIS plans and how this funding will be passed to providers.”
In the potential model, there would be new type of NDIS service called a transport broker, who would assist families to find and engage transport providers that suit their needs. If families choose a transport broker to organise supported school transport on their behalf, participants would get transport broker funding in their NDIS plans.
The role of the transport broker could include assisting families to develop travel plans, connect families with transport providers, negotiate a service agreement with transport providers, manage NDIS service bookings, notify the relevant authority of any concerns relating to the child such as police, child safety authorities and the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission.
Your feedback will inform whether and how supported school transport could be provided efficiently, effectively and safely within the NDIS. If this relates to you, click here to answer this survey.
Please respond by this Friday 13 July. Family Advocacy will be making a written submission including your feedback to NDIS Transport, Department of Social Services.
For the full context to the questions in the survey, here is the link to the discussion paper.
Importantly, your child’s current supported school transport programs will remain the responsibility of the NSW government until an approach is agreed upon by all the governments and territories. Any future changes will be clearly communicated and carefully staged so that you can prepare.
We look forward to hearing from you by this Friday 13 July. We are informed that governments will provide an update on this work by September 2018.