This page was last updated 18 April 2019.

Who can attend a child or young person’s NDIS planning meeting

When a child or young person enters care and is identified as having significant developmental delay or disability, the DCP case worker will ensure appropriate specialist disability supports are accessed for the child through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

The DCP case worker is the parental representative and is responsible for the NDIS access request, planning, plan implementation and review processes.

To ensure the best outcomes for the child, the access request, planning and review process can include the carer and the child, where appropriate.

It is not appropriate for Service Providers to attend the child or young person’s NDIS planning appointments with or on behalf of the child or young person as this may create a perceived or actual conflict of interest. It is therefore a requirement of DCP that funded Service Providers (by DCP or by a DCP client’s NDIS plan) do not attend NDIS planning appointments.

Child protection and specialist disability funding arrangements in residential care

DCP ensures children and young people with disability are placed in residential care placements suitable for children with disability and that children with disability are provided with appropriate supports equivalent to that of a child of a similar age.

Funding for specialist disability supports is the responsibility of the NDIS.

When a child or young person with disability requires a residential care placement and is also a NDIS participant with provision for core support funding due to specialist disability support needs, DCP will look to place the child with a residential care Service Provider that is also a NDIS Registered Provider.

DCP will provide the Service Provider with notification that the department, as the guardian, has nominated the Service Provider to be the NDIS support provider under the child’s NDIS plan for specialist disability core supports.

The nomination to the Service Provider will be received in writing and will direct the Service Provider to create a service booking on the National Disability Insurance Agency Provider Portal for the delivery of the specialist disability core supports the Service Provider is being nominated as the NDIS support provider for.