FAQ

How it all works

Who Does Brighter Connections support?

Brighter Connections predominantly supports children and young people under 18 years.  Brighter Connections also support adults through our Support Coordination services, with neurodivergence.  Brighter Connections supports children / young people with Self-Managed or Plan-Managed NDIS plans and can also support families who are Self-Funded.

How are support services funded?

Brighter Connections predominantly supports children / young people with an NDIS Plan and funding is drawn from that plan. Brighter Connections can only support people with Self-Managed or Plan-Managed plans.  Brighter Connections can also support children and young people who are self-funded.

How do I know if Brighter Connection’s services are funded in my NDIS plan?

NDIS plans do not fund services.  They provide funding for attainment or progress towards goals.  Plans are broken into three funding areas: Core Support, Capacity Building and Capital.  Brighter Connections offers services included in the Core and Capacity Building budgets for plans that are Self-Managed or Plan-Managed.

What services do Brighter Connections offer?

Brighter Connections offers Support Workers and Therapy Assistants to achieve goals funded out of Capacity Building and Core Supports budgets.  Brighter Connections also offers Life Coaching, Parent Coaching and Allied Health Services funded from the Capacity Building Budget.  Brighter Connections offers supports from NDIS Plans that are Self-Managed and Plan-Managed.

Funding for children and young people under NDIS

What is Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI)?

ECEI is the part of the NDIS that is designed for children under seven years.  Children under 7 are planned for by the Early Childhood Partner and these plans are quite different in the goals and funding to those plans designed for those over 7 years.

Can my child get an NDIS plan without a diagnosis?

Children under 6 years of age can receive funding from the NDIS under Developmental Delay.  This means your child does not need a diagnosis to get an NDIS plan if they are less than 6.  They need to be able to demonstrate significant functional impact resulting from their delay.

How do plans differ for children less than 7 and those older than 7?

Plans written for children less than 7 years old are likely to contain more funding in the Capacity Building part of the budget than if they were older than 7.  This is to allow greater access to Allied Health Supports which research proves has an exponentially positive trajectory on children’s lives.

How do I decipher the funding in my child / young person’s NDIS plan?

NDIS plans are broken into three different budgets: Core Supports, Capacity Building and Capital. Core Supports help with everyday activities and current disability-related needs. Capacity Building Supports help build independence and skills.  Capital Supports include higher-cost pieces of equipment and home or vehicle modifications.

NDIS, Education and Health – it’s all a bit confusing

How do I know what system funds what support?

It is often difficult to know the appropriate system to provide a support.  If a support is sustaining life then it is likely funded by the health system.  If a support assists with academic learning it is likely funded by education.  If a support addresses a need created by a delay or disability recognized by the NDIS it is likely funded by the NDIS.

Does NDIS ever fund supports in schools or education settings?

NDIS is not responsible for providing supports for children or young people’s academic learning. The use of funds in educational settings is extremely individual and negotiation between the two systems will occur.  If funding is required in the school or education environment due to psychosocial or emotional impacts, it may be possible to access NDIS funds.

Does NDIS ever fund medication, dental or optical?

NDIS is not responsible for providing supports for children or young people’s academic learning. The use of funds in educational settings is extremely individual and negotiation between the two systems will occur.  If funding is required in the school or education environment due to psychosocial or emotional impacts, it may be possible to access NDIS funds.

Does NDIS ever fund support in hospital?

NDIS is not responsible for funding supports that sustain life.  Neither does it fund supports reasonable to expect from a parent.  If a child / young person is hospitalized, require supports above reasonable parental and medical care, due to their disability, it may be possible to fund supports from an NDIS plan.