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


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

  • WA Department of Education Issues 'Focus 2018'

    Focus 2018 is based on the W.A. Department of Education's strategic plan with its commitment to a culture of high performance and high care across al schools. It provides Riverside ESC with a clear direction for priority actions in public education for the year.

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  • 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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