2017 School Leaver Assessment process

Information and resources for assessors and schools

This webpage provides the resources needed for assessors to support school leavers with disability through the 2017 School Leaver Assessment Process. This year students will undertake the Ageing, Disability and Home Care, Department of Family and Community Services NSW (FACS) Post School Supports Assessment or the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES) Functional Capacity Assessment.

Background to 2017 school leaver assessment process

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is rolling out across NSW from 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2018. The NDIS is jointly funded by the state and Commonwealth governments and is replacing the existing state based disability support system.

This means that the post school programs Transition to Work and Community Participation, previously funded by Ageing, Disability and Home Care, Department of Family and Community Services NSW (FACS), will not continue in their current form.

Under the NDIS, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) will be responsible for funding post school disability supports in individual support packages for eligible participants.

2017 school leaver assessment process for students with disability

The NDIS is being rolled out progressively in NSW. Some students live in areas that have already transitioned to the NDIS whereas others live in areas that will begin transitioning to the NDIS from 1 July 2017.

All students in year 12 who have a disability and choose to participate in the 2017 school leaver assessment process will be given the opportunity to do so.

All students will undertake the same functional assessment, but the name and the outcome of the assessment will depend on where the school leaver lives (not where they go to school):

  • Areas that have already transitioned to the NDIS are called year 1 areas.This includes the trial sites of Lake Macquarie, Newcastle and Maitland local government areas and the Nepean Blue Mountains early transition area.
  • Areas that transition to the NDIS from 1 July 2017 are called year 2 areas.

A postcode checker is available on the NSW NDIS website. The postcode checker will confirm whether a school leaver lives in a year 1 or year 2 area.

School leavers living in year 1 areas complete the NDIS School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES) Functional Capacity Assessment

This assessment will identify students who are suitable for SLES. Assessments will be collected and outcomes managed by the NDIA.

Students participating in this assessment may or may not be existing NDIS participants.

In September 2017, the NDIA will write to students who undertake this assessment to advise either:

  • Existing NDIS participants about a plan review
  • Students who are not NDIS participants about their assessment outcome and information on next steps (e.g. should they wish to seek access to the scheme or referral to other supports such as Ability Links, Commonwealth employment programs, etc.)

Quick links to the SLES Functional Capacity Assessment Tool, fact sheets and information to support the SLES Functional Capacity Assessment are available under Resources.

School leavers living in year 2 areas complete the FACS Post School Supports Assessment

The assessment will identify students who are eligible for post school supports. Assessments will be collected and outcomes managed by FACS.

In September 2017, FACS will write to all students who participated in this assessment to advise either:

  • Eligibility for post school supports under the NDIS. If they are eligible for post school supports, the NDIA will contact them about their next steps.
  • Referral to other supports (e.g. Commonwealth employment programs).

Quick links to the Post School Supports Assessment Tool, fact sheets and information to support the Post School Supports Assessment are available under Resources.

Training and resources for assessors

E-learning resources are also available on this page. Assessors are able to choose where and when they access training. The resources include:

Assessors who have not already done so should listen to Professor Kathy Eagar in the podcast below and listen to the webinar (details below) before undertaking post school assessments in 2017. It is especially important for new assessors to have read and understood all resources on this page before undertaking any assessments for post school supports.

Podcast

In the podcast below, Professor Eagar from the University of Wollongong discusses how to complete the assessment.

NSW Post School Program assessment podcast part 2.

Webinar

A webinar on the 2017 school leaver assessment process was held on Wednesday 29 March. Presenters included:

  • Professor Kathy Eagar from the University of Wollongong
  • Natalie Stott, Manager, NGO Program Management and Reform Directorate FACS
  • Jeannie Hodges, Executive Officer to Deputy CEO - Participants and Planning, NDIA.

A recording of the webinar is available on request by emailing Susanne.andrews@det.nsw.edu.au

Post school assessment tools for 2017

The post school assessment tools for 2017 are available below:

How to complete the assessment tool

Please read the NSW Post School Supports Assessment: A Guide to Functional Assessment in 2017 (PDF 180KB).

Access the relevant assessment tool and follow the instructions below to complete the assessment.

Use the postcode checker on the NDIS website if you need to confirm the area a school leaver lives in.

Before using the assessment tool, assessors need to save it to their hard drive.

Only complete the assessment tool for a person once you receive their signed Information Recording and Consent Form 2017 (available under Resources). Ensure a copy of the signed form is sent to FACS for the Post School Supports Assessment and to NDIA for the SLES Functional Capacity Assessment. Information on where to email or post the form is on the front page of both assessment tools.

To complete each assessment, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Tool
  2. Click 'yes' to Consent.
    Complete all required fields.
    You can save a person's assessment at any stage. If you partially complete the assessment you are able to save it and return to finish it at a later time.
  3. Click 'Submit' at the end of the assessment.
  4. Save a copy of the completed assessment when prompted.
  5. Ensure you receive confirmation that the assessment has been successfully submitted.
  6. The assessor will be sent an email confirmation with a reference number for the person assessed.

Note: Assessments for all students must be lodged by close of business on 30 June 2017.

For questions on the NDIS SLES Functional Capacity Assessment, please contact the NIDA at PracticeDesign@ndis.gov.au or on 03 5272 7612.

For questions about the FACS Post School Supports Assessment, please contact Life Skills and Respite at lifeskillsandemployment@facs.nsw.gov.au or on 1800 761 030.

Resources

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