Carers Victoria submission to the Supported School Transport and the National Disability Insurance Scheme Discussion Paper

Carers Victoria submission to the Supported School Transport and the National Disability Insurance Scheme Discussion Paper

The Federal Department of Social Services (DSS) recently invited comment on the proposal to transition State and Territory-based programs of Supported School Transport to the National Disability Insurance Scheme. In Victoria Supported School Transport is offered to students who meet criteria of functional impairment and live within a specific distance of a specialist school. Carers Victoria’s primary recommendation was keeping the current State and Territory-based system until the disability services market ushered in by the NDIS has sufficiently matured. While we acknowledge the current Victorian system can be restrictive for parents and children by only providing school transport if a child attends a specialist school, Carers Victoria is concerned a transition to the current NDIS will disrupt children’s educational opportunities and NDIA planning processes will increase stress on families and carers. In addition Carers Victoria recommended the community be given more opportunity to comment on further refinements of the proposal. One way to facilitate this is to release any data obtained from the NDIS trial of market-based supported school transport in the Barwon region of Victoria in 2017.

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Carers Victoria acknowledges the traditional owners of this land and pays respect to elders both past and present.

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