National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)


Ipswich Special School and NDIS providers

As part of Ipswich Special School’s commitment to support our students, as well as meet our obligations under our Department of Education policies and procedures, we have created this document to provide advice to school staff, parents and NDIS providers about how we agree to work together. The information has been developed as a point in time document based on the school’s procedures and our current Departmental advice, and will be updated as the school needs and Departmental advice changes.

The Department of Education has advice on their website to indicate the advice to schools, parents and providers. The website stipulates the following information about school services:

Department Policy on NDIS Delivery

Delivery of school services

The NDIS will not replace the supports schools and other mainstream services provide. Reasonable adjustments that state schools make for students with disability under the Disability Standards for Education 2005 and the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 will continue regardless of a student’s NDIS eligibility. Regions and schools will continue to provide support and services for students with disability such as special education programs, assistive technology, specialist and support teachers, therapists, nurses, guidance officers and teacher aides.

Schools will continue to make reasonable adjustments, including provide personal care support, for all students regardless of their NDIS eligibility. There may be some instances where there is an overlap between the supports provided by the NDIS and the support provided by schools. Where this occurs schools should contact their regional Principal Education Officer Student Services for advice.

The Department of Education funds the Non School Organisations (NSO) Program to support schools to make reasonable adjustments for students with disability.

NSOs provide a range of services including direct student support such as therapy services, consultation and professional advice to school staff, and specialised equipment and resources for loan and trial purposes at school. Schools requiring assistance for any students verified with disability should contact NSOs to request their services. Student referral forms are available on each organisation's website.

It is expected that some NSOs will also become NDIS providers. The NDIS and NSO are two distinct services. NDIS funding is generally to respond to a student's needs for support in the home and community, whereas NSO funding is to provide reasonable adjustments to support a student's access to school curriculum.

Some NSOs may request permission to provide NDIS funded services to students during school hours. When responding to these requests principals should take into account the obligations and circumstances listed in the 'Collaboration and sharing information' section above noting that each request should be considered on a case by case basis in consultation with the parent of the child.”

The State of Queensland (Department of Education and Training), 2015, Accessed 16 April 2018

Department Policy on Collaboration and Sharing in Schools

The website also has the following advice for schools around collaboration and sharing information with NDIS service providers:

Collaboration and sharing information

Parents may wish to share information about their child's NDIS plan, reviews or other adjustments with their child’s teacher, other relevant school staff or departmental specialist staff to support their child's learning at home and at school. This may include asking school staff to meet with an NDIS funded service provider to share information and support a collaborative approach for the child’s education and development.

Principals should consider requests from a parent for an NDIS funded service to be delivered on school grounds during the school day on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the parent. The principal's duty of care obligations, including the safety, privacy and educational needs and priorities of all students, must be considered in any decision to allow external services, such as therapy provision, to be provided to students during school hours on school grounds. The Principal Education Officer - Student Services in each region can be contacted to support principals in this decision-making.”

The State of Queensland (Department of Education and Training), 2015, Accessed 16 April 2018

Please complete the Parent Form to Request Documentation, in conjunction with the parents, if you wish to request documentation.

Steps before access can occur

Before a NDIS provider can access the school and provide supports under an NDIS Plan, the following steps must be taken:

These steps take time. NDIS providers will not be able to access the school and deliver supports to a student until all of these steps are completed.

1. Parent/s make a request in writing parent request form

2. The principal considers the request and may seek further information from the parent.

3. The principal advises the parent/s of their decision.

4. The parent/s advises the NDIS provider.

5. NDIS provider provides information to the school.

6. The school, parent/s and NDIS provider enter into an Access Agreement that sets out the conditions for the NDIS support to be delivered at school during school time.

7. The NDIS provider completes mandatory training, including any training required by the principal, and provides required supporting documentation.

More information can be found in the parent FAQ and the provider FAQ

If you have further questions please contact the school on or by calling (07) 3813 5777.

Last reviewed 17 June 2020
Last updated 17 June 2020