This audit would examine the effectiveness of the National Disability Insurance Agency’s development and implementation of the new approach to the Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) program.

The ECEI program was developed in 2016 as the first national approach to children under seven years of age with developmental delay and disability. The Early Childhood Early Intervention Implementation Reset was conducted in 2020–21 to review the approach. Some of the proposed changes included increasing the age group to under nine years, a distinct ECEI model differentiated from the general National Disability Insurance Scheme, enhancing the early supports offered, and planning and implementation more clearly based on best practice supports. The new early childhood approach was to be implemented over a 24-month period from July 2021.

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