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National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

The Commonwealth and West Australian governments have announced an agreement for a nationally consistent but state-run National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Western Australia.

The following information has been collated from various sources to assist parents and carers of the Riverside ESC community. All information should be confirmed with your medical practitioner or current disability support contact.

Continuation of support through transition to NDIS

For people who are currently receiving local coordination or other services funded by the WA Government’s Disability Services Commission (DSC), your current supports and contact people will remain the same until your NDIS plan is approved. The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has been contacting people currently connected to services funded or provided by the DSC to confirm their access to the NDIS and start their planning conversation.

The NDIA is working closely with Local Coordinators from the Disability Services Commission to ensure people who need support urgently are brought into the NDIS.

People who are not connected to the Disability Services Commission who would like to test if they are eligible for the NDIS can make an access request by phoning 1800 800 110.

How will my child’s NDIS plan be managed?

When you and your child meet with an NDIS professional to develop your child’s NDIS plan, you’ll also talk about how you want to manage your child’s funding. You can have as little or as much help as you need.

There are four options:


You can choose to manage the funding for your child’s support. You can do this yourself, or you can have a nominee do this on your behalf. This nominee might be a member of your family, a friend or a carer.

Registered plan management provider

You can choose to have a registered plan management provider manage some or all of the funding for your child’s support. A registered plan management provider can find and organise support for you, pay service providers, take care of the paperwork, and work with your service providers to decide how and when your child gets support.

NDIA managed

You can choose to have the NDIA manage the funding for your child’s support. Under this option you choose the service providers you want from the registered provider list on the NDIS website, and you organise the support your child needs directly with them. The NDIA can help you find and get in touch with the registered service providers. The NDIA then pays the providers directly.

A combination of the management options above

You can choose different options for different support. Your child’s plan might have a combination of options.

Who can access the Scheme?

A person with an impairment that is likely to be permanent and the impairment makes it difficult to take part in everyday activities can access the Scheme. A person needs to meet disability or early intervention requirements, as well as age and residence requirements.

Existing national and state-based services and supports will continue until eligible people start their plan with the NDIS.

More information is available in the factsheet and frequently asked questions documents below:

NDIS Factsheet: Participating in the NDIS in Western Australia (PDF 4MB)
NDIS Factsheet: Participating in the NDIS in Western Australia (DOCX 80KB)
NDIS Factsheet: Frequently Asked Questions – WA (PDF 65KB)
NDIS Factsheet: Frequently Asked Questions – WA (DOCX 65KB)
NDIS Evidence of disability or developmental delay for children under 7 years of age

Our Community

Riverside Education Support Centre is part of a broad community that reaches across Mandurah and as far afield as Dwellingup, Pinjarra and Carcoola, although practicality limits enrolment to areas that can be serviced by the School Bus System or private transport.

The role of community is central to all schools, but is perhaps even more important for schools of children who require extra care. We therefore emphasise and encourage the child's whole community, imparting skills and knowledge that needs to be supported and upheld by every contributer to the child's wellbeing.

This emphasis on community is enabled by our community where you will find access to community resources and activities.

Useful Links for Parents and Caregivers

We list for your convenience information about several organisations that can assist families of children with disabilities. Inclusion of Organisations and Services on this list does not infer endorsement by Riverside ESC.

 4families  InclusionWA
 Access Mandurah  INKA
 Activ Library  Kalparrin
 Autism Assn of Australia  Kidsport
 Cahoots  Kids Matter
 Cerebral Palsy  Manta Rays Swim Team
 Communicable Diseases - Department of Health  Moving Home Tips
 Create a Home to Thrive In  National Disability Association 
 Cricket Champs  Raising Children Network 
 Depression  Resiliency Resource Centre 
 Developmental Disability WA (DDWA)  Riding for the Disabled
 Disability Services Corporation  School Age Therapy Services
 Down Syndrome WA  Sensory Friendly Flicks
 Equal Footingball League  Sesame Street and Autism
 Guide to Birth Injuries  Student Wellbeing Hub
 Immunisation   Vision Australia

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General Links

The following information and  links are provided for the benefit of the whole school community. While we endeavour to keep this webpage up to date your willingness to notify the school of outdated items, link issues and possible sites for inclusion will be appreciated.

 Airports, Travel & Special Needs Travel  Inhalant Use - For parents and carers only
 Asthma Australia  Interchange
 Children's Global Hygiene Foundation  Little Atheletics - Peel District
 City of Mandurah  MAN - Healthier directions for males Inc.
 Clan WA  Parenting WA
 Community First  Rivers Regional Council
 Cyber Safety  Riverside Primary School
 Daisy  Stay Smart Online
 DET   Vac-Swim 
 Fairbridge Village  
 Garden-to-Plate Project
 Generation Next  
 Independent Living Centre
 Inhalant Use - For parents and carers only  

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Funding for Disability

The Community Living and Participation Grants are managed by National Disability Services WA (NDS WA) and supported by Lotterywest.

Applications are made on behalf of individuals or groups of individuals by either:

  • An unincorporated community group that has a bank account in its name and holds regular meetings; or
  • An incorporated not for profit organisation.

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Provision (CAEP)

The Community Aids and Equipment Program (CAEP) of the Disability and Services Commission (DSC) provides an equitable, accessible and consistent state-wide scheme for the provision of equipment and home modifications to benefit people with a long-term disability living at home in the community.

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Sports - Get Involved

Young people, regardless of whether they have a disability or not, enjoy their sporting experiences in the same way. There are physical, mental and emotional benefits for children with disability who participate in physical activity. These include but are not limited to, promotion of fitness, increased self-esteem and a great confidence boost.

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Mandurah and Regional Events

The following learning and activity opportunities may be of interest to the Riverside ESC Community:


My Park Grooves

MyPark Grooves is a series of four fun and entertaining events held in our great parks and reserves around Mandurah on every Sunday in November. MyPark Grooves is an opportunity to get together with your family, friends and neighbours to celebrate the great outdoor environments Mandurah has to offer and reconnect with your local park.

Links below are to the City of Mandurah events webpages:

5th November - Wilderness Reserve, DAWESVILLE

12th November - Templetonia Reserve, COODANUP

19th November -  Yindana Lakes, LAKELANDS

26th November - Montego Reserve, HALLS HEAD

Celebrate Ability

Celebrate Ability! celebrates International Day of People with Disability. This free community event will be held at the Gary Holland Community Centre from 10am to 2pm and will provide community members of all abilities with an opportunity to take part in a range of fun activities and enjoy live entertainment.

Hosted by the City of Rockingham in partnership with the Let’s Talk Disability Network, the event is a celebration of people with disability, highlighting their abilities and the contribution they make to their community.

When: varies by event, but celebrated on or about December 03

Community Christmas Pageant

Come and experience the wonder of Christmas at Mandurah’s annual Community Christmas Pageant, presented by ACTON Mandurah.

  • 6.00pm Community Christmas Pageant
  • 7.00pm Live stage entertainment, interactive nativity scene and workshops
  • 7.30pm Santa’s Grotto
  • 8.30pm Spectacular Fireworks

When: Tuesday, December 12

This wonderful tradition sees local community groups and businesses parade their floats through Mandurah’s CBD.

Visit the City of Mandurah webpage at www.mandurah.wa.gov.au/whats-on/calendar/major-events/community-christmas-pageant

New Year's Eve

Join us at the New Year's Eve Celebrations for live music and fireworks to welcome in 2017.

  • Fireworks: 9.00pm and midnight
  • Bon Jovi Tribute show, Danny Bau, Jasmine Atkins, Wicked Dance Works, A Day for Mae and Nate Lansdell.
  • Amusement rides, SECTOR X and activities will line the foreshore and more!

With hours of entertainment, activities and amusements the evening will be a great night out for the whole family.

Visit the City of Mandurah webpage at www.mandurah.wa.gov.au/whats-on/calendar/major-events/new-years-eve


Australia Day Citizenship Celebrations

Join us on Australia Day for Mandurah's largest annual Citizenship Ceremony. Head to the foreshore between 7am - 9am to enjoy a $6 cooked Aussie breakfast thanks to the Lions Club of Mandurah and live music thanks to the Mandurah Concert Band.

The official ceremony starts at 8.30am with the winners for the Citizen of the Year Awards announced, followed by the welcoming of over 100 new citizens who will take their oath to become Australia’s newest citizens.

The event finishes with a flotilla of boats on the estuary, organised by Mandurah Offshore Fishing and Sailing Club (MOFSC) competing for the best dressed title awarded by Mandurah's Mayor, Marina Vergone at approximately 11am.

There are NO fireworks in Mandurah on Australia Day.

When: Friday, January 26

Visit the City of Mandurah webpage at www.mandurah.wa.gov.au/whats-on/calendar/major-events/australia-day-celebrations

Channel Seven Mandurah Crab Fest

Channel 7 Mandurah Crab Fest, presented by LiveLighter is Western Australia's premier tourism event and showcases Mandurah and the Peel Region. The 2 day FREE event celebrates the region's waterways, local produce, fresh seafood, gourmet delights, wine, local and national entertainment plus a spectacular fireworks display. A 'must visit' event for all the family!


  • Saturday, 17 March 2018 from 10am – 8.30pm
  • Sunday, 18 March 2018 from 10am – 5pm

Visit the City of Mandurah webpage at www.mandurah.wa.gov.au/whats-on/calendar/major-events/crab-fest

Fairbridge Festival 2018

An annual family-friendly celebration of folk, world and roots music in a traffic-free, self-contained, heritage-listed village. Almost 100 acts will entertain you on this magical escape from everyday life. Don’t miss out on WA’s best kept secret that has been a firm favourite for years all just 5 km north of Pinjarra – only an hour’s drive from central Perth. Come for the day or camp for the four-day weekend!

When: 20-22 April 2018
Where: Fairbridge Village, South West Highway, Pinjarra, Western Australia

Visit the Fairbridge Festival website at fairbridgefestival.com.au

School Watch

School Watch is a partnership between the WA Police and the Department of Education aimed at protecting our schools from vandalism, theft and damage.

Who to contact:

School Watch Security

T: 1800 177 777


T: 131 444

When you contact School Watch Security, Department security officers can quickly attend schools in the metropolitan area. The Police will attend if called.

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What's New

  • Vacation Care Activities

    A1 is providing a vacation care activity program for the coming school holidays. Their activities are strategically planned by working educators in accordance with the ‘My Time, Our Place’ National Framework for School Aged Care in Australia.

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  • Cahoots Program for Children with Disabilities

    Cahoots is a Western Australia-based NDIS provider that organises and delivers exciting and rewarding programs and camps for kids and young people living with a disability. Programs and camps throughout the year, catering to children and young people of all abilities between the ages of 5 and 30.

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  • Parenting Workshops Available Term 4

    Parenting Connection (Supporting WA Parents) is offering a selection of courses during Term 4 that enhance parenting abilities. Course names include:

    • Tuning into Kids
    • Talking Kids
    • Turning into Teens
    • 1.2.3. Magic

    For the course flyer, click here.