Education sectors have been working with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to agree on an approach to supporting Year 12 students with disability to transition to specialist disability supports in 2018. The NDIA has advised that it does not require school staff to conduct functional capacity assessments to inform decisions about School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES). Therefore, school education sectors will not be completing functional capacity assessments for Year 12 school leavers this year, as in previous years.
The NDIA acknowledges schools hold a wealth of knowledge and information about students’ aspirations, goals and support needs. AISNSW is working in collaboration with the other sectors and the NDIA on how best to support young people to gather and share this information with their NDIS planner this year. While this work progresses there is an ongoing need for teachers to support all Year 12 students with disability to complete their personalised transition planning during terms 2 and 3, 2018. For many students, this will build on previous or existing planning.
The personalised transition planning process is for all students with disability. It may include:
- encouraging students who are NDIS participants to share their school transition planning information to support NDIS planning and
- encouraging students who are not NDIS participants to test their eligibility for the scheme.
Representatives from the three sectors have worked collaboratively to develop the following resources designed to support young people, their families and schools with the transition planning process.
A 2018 school leavers training webinar that was hosted by the NSW Department of Education on the 8 May 2018 is also available.
Please refer to the link below for information from NDIS: