About supports for school leavers and the NDIS - Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (Queensland Government)

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About supports for school leavers and the NDIS

Between July 2016 and June 2019, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will progressively roll out across Queensland. When the NDIS rolls out in your area, responsibility for supporting eligible young people leaving school will move to the NDIS.

What is the NDIS?

The NDIS is a new way of providing individualised support for people with disability. It is designed to work side-by-side with health, education and other mainstream services, but it is not responsibile for these services. The NDIS provides certainty that eligible people will receive the disability support they need at all stages of their lifetime, which includes support through school and leaving school.

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I am leaving school in 2017. How do I access support?

NDIS Support

If you live in any of the areas below, responsibility for people with disability is transitioning to the NDIS:

  • Townsville, Hinchinbrook, Burdekin, west to Mt Isa and up to the gulf
  • Mackay, Isaac and Whitsundays
  • Toowoomba and west to the borders
  • Ipswich, Lockyer, Scenic Rim and Somerset
  • Bundaberg
  • Rockhampton, Gladstone and west to the borders

The NDIS recognises the importance of supporting people through major life events, such as leaving school, and eligible young people leaving school in a transition area will be able to access their NDIS supports as a priority.

Young people leaving school in 2017 in these transition areas do not need to register with, or be assessed by, Disability Services.

Young people leaving school who currently receive specialist disability support funded by Disability Services will be contacted by the NDIS to set up a time to meet with an NDIS representative.

Young people with disability leaving school who do not currently receive support funded by Disability Services, or who are unsure if they receive support can:

  • use the NDIS Access checklist on the NDIS website to see if they meet the access requirements and
  • contact the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) on 1800 800 110.

Support from Disability Services

If you live in any of the areas below, the Disability Services funded 'Support for School Leavers' Program will continue until the area transitions to the NDIS:

  • Logan and Redlands
  • Cairns, Cassowary Coast, Tablelands, Croydon, Etheridge, Cape York and Torres Strait
  • Brisbane
  • Fraser Coast, North Burnett, South Burnett and Cherbourg
  • Gold Coast and Hinterland
  • Moreton Bay, including Strathpine and Caboolture
  • Sunshine Coast, Noosa and Gympie

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What supports are available from the NDIS?

Supports available to young people with disability who are leaving school, through the NDIS, are reasonable and necessary supports based on an individual plan. These supports may include, and are not limited to:

  • Assistance with social and community participation
  • Assistive mobility or communication technologies
  • Capacity building and life-skills development
  • Assistance to engage in higher education or VET courses
  • Assistance to find or keep a job

Support from the Department of Education andTraining

The Department of Education and Training has also developed a resource to assist students with the transition from school titled Transition to Post School for Students with Disability.

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NDIS Questions and Answers

What is the NDIS?

The NDIS is a new way of providing individualised support for eligible people with permanent and significant disability, their families and carers. Participants will be able to access a wide range of supports to help them pursue their goals and aspirations after leaving school, such as independent living, further training or employment.

What will my first plan with the NDIS do to support me when I leave school?

Your first plan with the NDIS ensures you are provided with the support you need now, while giving you time to further explore the opportunities presented by the NDIS. The length of your first plan will generally be for 12 months. Particpants are encouraged to assess how their supports are working during their first plan, and take the time to see what else they might need to help them achieve their longer term goals.

Who will be at the first planning meeting?

Your first plan is the start of a lifelong journey with the NDIS. To create your first plan you will meet with an NDIS representative to have a conversation about your life, current situation and supports. You will work with one person to develop your first plan and receive your plan quickly. A first plan will generally be in place for 12 months.

What kind of supports can I apply for?

You will talk with your NDIS representative about the supports and assistance that are reasonable and neccessary for you to achieve your goals. NDIS supports may include assistance across a range of areas in your life such as social and community participation, building life-skills, mobility or communication technology, further study or finding and maintaining a job.

What should I take with me to the meeting?

Before the meeting, think about what supports you use now and what your goals are for the future and what you need to achieve them. Take any information you have that will help you think and talk about your goals with your NDIS representative. You may wish to take plans or information from your school that will assist in sharing information about your future goals and aspirations.


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For more information

Find out more information about the NDIS, access general information about the scheme and sign-up for the NDIS e-newsletter or call the NDIS Hotline 1800 800 110.

Find out about Queensland’s NDIS preparations, access the Queensland NDIS events calendar and sign up to our NDIS e-blast

Read the Queensland specific NDIS factsheets or current services for Queenslanders with disability or call 13 QGOV (13 74 68)

Follow us on Twitter @NDIS and @disabilityQLD

For people with hearing or speech loss: TTY 1800 555 677

For people who need help with English: TIS 131 450

Speak and listen: 1800 555 727.

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Please submit your comments on the department's Compliments and Complaints section.

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