Representation & Legislation

ECIA NSW/ACT is the peak body for Early Childhood Intervention (ECI). We promote and support quality early childhood intervention services by:

  • Evaluating and commenting on social policy and strategic directions that affect ECI and Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI)
  • Advocating for the rights of children with developmenatal delay and disabilities and their families
  • Fostering the understanding and development of best practices in ECI
  • Improving access to quality, comprehensive ECI services
  • Raising awareness of the importance of ECI and ECEI
  • Providing leadership and support to those in the field of early childhood intervention
  • Providing awareness and information about early childhood intervention (ECI) to the wider service and professional sector and to the community
  • Advocating for more Inclusive programs services and practises.


Protecting Best Practice: An evaluation of the transition to the ECEI Approach under the National Disability Insurance Scheme in NSW

ECIA NSW/ACT contracted an independent evaluation consultant to evaluate ECEI in NSW. Randall Pearce from Think: Insight and Advise conducted a process evaluation review on the Nepean Blue Mountains, and Year One and Year Two ECEI Transition Providers.
This involved a combination of interviews and surveys. The reports was presented to the Board in October 2017 and they highly commended the report. The report is an excellent analysis of the role and impact of ECEI in NSW, with some thoughtful and reflective assessment, summary, conclusions and recommendations.Thank you to all the participants for their contribution and comment, and to our consultant Randal Pearce. To view the paper, please click here.

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

Representations are made regularly to Government at national and state and territory level on the critical and emerging issues associated with the transition of ECI services to the NDIS. ECIA NSW/ACT also holds regular forums and workshops with the ECI sector on the NDIS and related policy and program developments. For further information on ECIA NSW/ACT's engagement with the development of the Early Childhood Early Intervention framework and related NDIS policies, please click here.

National Best Practice Guidelines

ECIA NSW/ACT has played a principle role in the content and development of the National Best Practice Guidelines including the ECI Best Practice Discussion Paper (2014). The National Best Practice Guidelines were developed in 2016 after extensive consultation with the early childhood intervention sector and with other key stakeholders. The National Best Practice Guidelines are evidence-based and have four (4) key foundational principles namely, family-centred; a collaborative team around the child approach; engaging with families and children in their natural environments in home and in community; and are researched evidence-based. Click here to view the Guidelines.

Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI)

The ECEI Approach is how the NDIS is working with Early Childhood Providers who in NSW are called ECEI Transition Providers, to deliver early childhood intervention for children aged 0-6 years. ECIA has been directly involved with the NDIA in co-designing the key elements of this framework. The ECEI Approach is based on referral pathways for children and their families with developmental delay and disability to, where possible, access community services that support an inclusive environment. Referral pathways also assist those families that may require more intensive or specialist support through NDIS individual support packages. For further information, please click here.


Below are some examples of the submissions that ECIA NSW/ACT has developed as part of our ongoing representational activities:

  • FACs consultation on Targeted Early Intervention (2015) click here to view
  • National Disability Insurance Scheme: Eligibility & Support Consultation (2012) click here to view
  • Position Statement on the Inclusion of Children with a Disability in Early Childhood Education and Care (2012) click here to view
  • ADHC's Living Life My Way (2011) click here to view
  • Legislative Council Standing Committee on Social Issues: Inquiry into Transition support for students with additional or complex needs and their families (2011) click here to view
  • Productivity Commission Study: Early Childhood Development Workforce (2011) click here to view
  • Legislative Council Standing Committee on Social Issues: Inquiry into services provided or funded by the Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care (2010) click here to view
  • ADHC’s Stronger Together: The next 5 years Consultation Paper (July 2010) click here to view 
  • Productivity Commission Inquiry: Revision of the National Standards for Disability Services (Face-to-face consultation, 2010)
  • Legislative Council Standing Committee on Social Issues: Inquiry into the provision of education to students with a disability or special needs (2010) click here to view
  • ECIA NSW Statement on Early Childhood Intervention (2010) click here to view
  • National Disability Strategy Consultations (2008) click here to view


Disability Inclusion Act 2014

The International Day of People with Disability - 3 December 2014, marked the commencement of the visionary NSW Disability Inclusion Act 2014 (the Act). The Act is available on the NSW legislation website at For more information visit the ADHC website.

The Federal Disability Discrimination Act 1992 provides protection for everyone in Australia against discrimination based on disability. It encourages everyone to be involved in implementing the Act and to share in the overall benefits to the community and the economy that flow from participation by the widest range of people. For more information, please click here.

International Convention on the Rights of the Child

The convention spells out the basic human rights that children everywhere have: the right to survival; to develop to the fullest; to protection from harmful influences, abuse and exploitation; and to participate fully in family, cultural and social life. For more information, please click here.