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Department of Social Services Reviews Supported School Transport and transition to the NDIS

Date: 15/06/2018

About the Review

Supported school transport is provided to some children and young people with disability so that they can travel to and from school. Currently, supported school transport is delivered by state and territory governments with arrangements differing in each jurisdiction.

As the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is rolled out across Australia, this paper asks for your feedback on whether current arrangements for supported school transport should continue or whether the potential model for supported school transport could work under the NDIS.

There are two broad options:

1. Maintain current arrangements: While current arrangements have limited choice and control for families if school transport within the NDIS is not supported, states and territories could retain responsibility.

2. A new potential model: for supported school transport in the NDIS, working to understand:

  • how increased choice and control can be provided to students and their families 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 for NDIS supports set out in the NDIS Act 2013;
  • 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; and
  • the implications of moving from current arrangements to individual funding through NDIS plans and how this funding would be passed to providers.
Full details of the Discussion Paper can be found on the Department of Social Services website.

How to have your say

Make an online submission
There is an opportunity for you to provide feedback about the review. People with disability, their carers, families and other interested parties are encouraged to comment via a submission which can be completed online. Submissions will close on 20 July 2018.

For more information visit:
DSS Supported School Transport

Page last updated: 15/06/2018