NDIS navigators rolling out to specialist schools

Students at Sunshine Special Developmental School will soon get the help they need to make the most of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) funding and support available to them.

The state government announced it is investing $21.2 million to introduce NDIS Navigators into all specialist schools by the end of 2025.

NDIS Navigators will provide direct support to families and carers to help them to navigate the NDIS, including how to access the NDIS, prepare for plan reviews and access the right supports.

More than 30 schools across Victoria, including Sunshine Special Development School, will now have the funding to hire a NDIS Navigator who will work with families to navigate the NDIS system – and they will be in every one of the state’s 86 specialist schools by the end of 2025.

Education Minister Ben Carroll said, “Our investment in special school infrastructure, support and the nation-leading Disability Inclusion reforms are giving students with disability the support they deserve.”

These latest initiatives build on investments in inclusive education, including upgrades to every single specialist school in the state, more support for students in the classroom and facilities so every child gets the chance to play, learn and grow, no matter their needs.