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The National Disability Insurance Scheme
In 2018-19 Hearing Australia worked closely with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to ensure that newborns and young children get rapid access to the hearing services they need under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). We did this by working with the NDIA to introduce a new early intervention pathway for children aged under seven years to access hearing services in the NDIS on a priority basis.
The new pathway enables Hearing Australia to provide diagnostic information and a needs assessment to the NDIA to fast-track eligibility testing and provision of an interim NDIS plan for children aged under seven years with hearing impairment.
The new pathway sees children and families gain rapid access to the NDIS and have a plan approved on average in two weeks – a significant improvement on previous processes. The pathway commenced on 20 August 2018. As at the end of June 2019, some 1,400 families had been assisted by Hearing Australia through the pathway, with the new arrangements strongly supported by parents, service providers and the NDIA.