Disability support for young children

Right now Victoria is changing from state funded Early Childhood Intervention Services (ECIS) to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

ECIS supports children with a disability or developmental delay and their families. It can be accessed through the Department’s regional ECIS Intake teams. In the future, supports for children with disabilities or developmental delays will be accessed through the NDIS.

The change from ECIS to the NDIS is happening in different areas at different times.

​The service you use depends on where you live. If you're in one of these areas you need to apply to the NDIS:

  • Barwon
  • Bayside Peninsula
  • Brimbank Melton
  • Central Highlands
  • Hume Moreland
  • Inner Eastern Melbourne
  • Inner Gippsland
  • Loddon
  • North East Melbourne
  • Outer Eastern Melbourne
  • Ovens Murray
  • Southern Melbourne
  • Western Melbourne
  • Wimmera South West

If you don't live in one of these areas, you apply to ECIS.

Early Childhood Intervention Services (ECIS)

This service is for children who have a disability or developmental delay, and their families. It's available from birth until your child starts school.

It includes things like:

  • advice and support
  • special education
  • therapy
  • counselling
  • linking you to services like child care and kindergarten
  • help with moving to school
  • help with building your skills as a parent.

Apply for ECIS

Use the ECIS application form:

Return the form to the office address closest to where you live. Offices are listed on the form.

The intake office will check your eligibility and work with you to plan the next steps.

If you fill out the form, you should talk to your child's health professionals for advice and medical details.

If a health professional fills out the form for you, they need to talk to you first to get your consent.

National Disability Insurance Scheme

Victoria is changing to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). This means there will be changes to the way you get help.

Right now NDIS is available in certain areas. For advice, contact the NDIS on 1800 800 110:

NDIS Barwon area

This includes:

  • City of Greater Geelong
  • Borough of Queenscliffe
  • Surf Coast Shire
  • Colac - Otway Shires

Contact the partner:
Barwon Child Youth and Family
Phone: 1300 01 BCYF or 1300 012293
Email: ecei@bcyf.org.au​

NDIS Bayside Peninsula area

This includes:

  • City of Bayside
  • City of Frankston
  • City of Glen Eira
  • City of Kingston
  • City of Port Phillip
  • City of Stonnington
  • Mornington Peninsula Shire

Contact the partner:
Brotherhood of St Laurence
Phone: 1300 BSL ECEI (1300 275 323)
Email: ECEI.access@bsl.org.au

NDIS Brimbank Melton area

This includes:

  • City of Brimbank
  • City of Melton

Contact the partner:
Brotherhood of St Laurence
Phone: 1300 BSL ECEI (1300 275 323)
Email: ecei.access@bsl.org.au​

NDIS Central Highlands area

This includes:

  • City of Ballarat
  • Rural City of Ararat
  • Shire of Golden Plains
  • Shire of Moorabool
  • Shire of Hepburn
  • Shire of Pyrenees

Contact the partner:
Latrobe Community Health Service
Level 2, 18 Armstrong Street
Ballarat VIC 3350
Phone: 1800 242 696

NDIS Hume Moreland area

This includes cities of Hume and Moreland

Please contact the partner:
Brotherhood of St Laurence
Phone: 1300 BSL ECEI (1300 275 323)
Email: ECEI.access@bsl.org.au

NDIS Inner Eastern Melbourne area

This includes:

  • City of Boroondara
  • City of Manningham
  • City of Monash
  • City of Whitehorse

Contact the partner:
Link Health and Community
607 Canterbury Road
Vermont, VIC 3133
Phone 1800 LINK ECEI (1800 5465 3234)
Email: linkhc@linkhc.org.au

NDIS Inner Gippsland area
  • City of Latrobe
  • Shire of Bass Coast
  • Shire of Baw Baw
  • Shire of South Gippsland

Please contact the partner: Link Health and Community 8-9 Commercial Place
Drouin VIC 3818
Phone: 1800LINK ECEI (18005465 3234)
Email:linkhc@linkhc.org.au

NDIS Loddon area
  • City of Greater Bendigo
  • Shire of Campaspe
  • Shire of Central Goldfields
  • Shire of Loddon
  • Shire of Macedon Ranges
  • Shire of Mount Alexander

Contact the partner:
Intereach
384 Hargreaves St
Bendigo VIC 3550
Phone: 1300 968 140
Email: ecei_loddon@intereach.com.au

NDIS North East Melbourne area

This includes:

  • City of Banyule
  • City of Darebin
  • City of Whittlesea
  • City of Yarra
  • Shire of Nillumbik

Contact the partner: Brotherhood of St Laurence, 293 High St, Preston, VIC 3072
Phone: 1300 BSL ECEI (1300 275 323)
Email: ECEI.access@bsl.org.au

NDIS Outer Eastern Melbourne area

This includes:

  • City of Knox
  • City of Maroondah
  • Shire of Yarra Ranges

Contact the partner: Link Health and Community
54-56 Landscape Dve, Mooroolbark
OR
2444 Warburton Hwy, Yarra Junction
Phone: 1800 LINK ECEI (1800 5465 3234)
Email: linkhc@linkhc.org.au

NDIS Ovens Murray area

This includes:

  • City of Wodonga
  • Shire of Alpine
  • Rural City of Benalla
  • Shire of Indigo
  • Shire of Mansfield
  • Shire of Towong
  • Rural City of Wangaratta

Contact the partner: Merri Health 62-68 Ovens Street
Wangaratta, VIC 3677
Phone: 1300665 491
Email: ecei@merrihealth.org.au

NDIS Southern Melbourne

This includes:

  • City of Casey
  • Greater Dandenong
  • Shire of Cardinia

Contact the partner: Link Health and Community Limited               
Mulgrave, VIC 3170
Phone: 1800 546 532
Email: ecei@linkhc.org.au

NDIS Western Melbourne area
  • City of Hobsons Bay
  • City of Maribyrnong
  • City of Melbourne
  • City of Moonee Valley
  • City of Wyndham

Contact the partner:
Brotherhood of St Laurence
Phone: 1300 BSL ECEI (1300 275 323)
Email: ecei.access@bsl.org.au​

NDIS Wimmera South West area

This includes:

  • City of Warrnambool
  • Shire of Corangamite
  • Shire of Glenelg
  • Shire of Hindmarsh
  • Rural City of Horsham
  • Shire of Moyne
  • Shire of Northern Grampians
  • Shire of Souther Grampians
  • Shire of West Wimmera
  • Shire of Yarriambiack

Contact the partner: Latrobe Community Health Service
142 Firebrace Street Horsham, VIC 3400
OR
1/505 Raglan ParadeWarrnambool 3280
Phone: 1800242696
Email:ndis@lchs.com.au

All areas of Victoria will be using the NDIS by June 2019. The roll-out in Victoria has been planned to give everyone the time and information to move from the current state system to the NDIS.

If you're already accessing ECIS, there will be a pathway for you to move into NDIS.

The Commonwealth and Victorian governments agreed that current quality standards would continue. Strong safeguards will be maintained during the change-over period.