PIR and D2DL funding is transitioning to the NDIS. To ensure service continuity during transition and to support client transition to the NDIS, the Australian Government has extended both programs to 30 June 2019. Flinders University, funded by the Australian Government Department of Health, has been funded up to 30 June 2019 to deliver the Transition Support Project.
The focus of the transition phase of the programs is to support the NDIS rollout. PIR and D2DL organisations will ensure service continuity for existing clients and:
- assist program clients to test their eligibility for NDIS supports
- assist eligible clients to access NDIS supports
- provide program services to NDIS participants during the transition phase.
What is the purpose of the Transition Support Project?
The purpose of the Transition Support Project is to support PIR and D2DL organisations during the national rollout of the NDIS, which commenced on 1 July 2016 and will be achieved by 30 June 2019. It will provide support in three core ways:
- Helping PIR and D2DL organisations engage with the National Disability Insurance Agency
- Creating opportunities to share effective strategies for transitioning eligible clients to the NDIS
- Equipping PIR and D2DL organisations with the knowledge and tools to become providers of NDIS services.
What will the Transition Support Project do?
The Transition Support Project will fulfil its aims by:
- convening an annual national forum for PIR and D2DL organisations in 2017 and 2018
This will focus on progress, local strategies, issues and mechanisms to support the transition of PIR and D2DL clients to the NDIS. It will also help motivate organisations to achieve the best outcomes for clients and create strong support networks between organisations. The Transition Support Project will deliver training at these forums as needed.
- convening one round of state/territory networking meetings for PIR and D2DL organisations per year
- developing a 'toolbox' of new and existing resources that will directly support client transition to the NDIS
The resources in the toolbox will also help organisations move from a block-funded model to one that competes in a contestable market. Tools related to business planning, commercialisation and marketing may be included.
- circulating a weekly e-newsletter to all PIR and D2DL organisations
- providing an on-line web portal to access tools and resources that are relevant to the NDIS transition as well as providing a mechanism for information sharing around transition, for example, supporting clients to test eligibility and NDIS service delivery
- identifying and reporting key challenges and emerging themes that need to be addressed during the transition period
- assisting organisations to streamline their NDIS pre-engagement processes to enable an efficient and timely NDIS client application phase.
The Transition Support Project, through it's strong links with national stakeholders, including the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), will ensure that PIR and D2DL organisations are equipped with the tools and resources they need to transition effectively and efficiently into an NDIS environment.