5 questions that parents regularly ask about the NDIS for their child

DATE: 23 August 2018

5 questions that parents regularly ask about the NDIS for their child

Here, we answer five commonly asked questions parents ask before their child transitions to the NDIS.

If your child is about to transition to the NDIS, you may be feeling like you have more questions than answers. Here, we answer five commonly asked questions parents ask before their child transitions to the NDIS.

1.Will my child get the same support in the NDIS as they get now?

A NDIS plan is based on goals, and supports will only be funded if they are reasonable and necessary supports that will help your child meet these goals.

This means if you are keen to continue the current level of supports for your child, you need to explain the value of these in terms of goals, and reasonable necessary in your NDIS planning meeting.

To make the most of your child’s NDIS planning meeting, it’s important to get prepared . In particular, understanding what your child receives now and any additional supports they might need.

Yooralla has a free guide to support parents to prepare for their child’s NDIS planning meeting. It explains the NDIS, your planning meeting and includes an activity planner so you can record your child’s current supports and needs.

2. What does ‘reasonable and necessary’ mean?

The NDIS will fund ‘reasonable and necessary’ supports needed to meet a child's needs and achieve their goals.

For a NDIS funded support to be considered reasonable and necessary, it must:

  • be in your child’s NDIS plan as a goal
  • be related to your child’s disability
  • be value for money
  • increase your child’s capacity such as access the community or going to school
  • be evidence-based, and
  • include and acknowledge help from friends, family and the community (informal supports).

Examples of the types of things that the NDIS funds for children can be found in Yooralla’s free guide to the NDIS for your child.

3. Is the NDIS means tested?

No, the funding under the NDIS is not means tested. Support is related to a child’s disability and the supports they need, not their parents’ capacity to pay for support.

4. Does the NDIS fund education?

The NDIS won’t fund support that duplicates other support already funded by a mainstream service, such as the education system.

For school-age children, the NDIS will fund support that enables a child to go to school. However the NDIS won’t fund teachers or a standard classroom computer.

The NDIS won’t fund inclusion support (extra assistance) for kindergartens, childcare services, outside school hours programs – or modifications to these buildings – because these are the responsibility of the early childhood education system.

5. Does the NDIS fund respite?

Depending on your child’s goals, under the NDIS, short term accommodation, may be funded in the core support category. This may include short stays in a group facility (short term accommodation) or additional in-home support.

Find out more about how Yooralla can support you and your child through our respite service

If you have more questions about what the NDIS will mean for you and your child, read more here, or contact our Community Engagement Team on (03) 966 4500 or email ndis.infohub@yooralla.com.au. You can also meet with a team member for a free one-on-one discussion.

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