When to apply for ISS

When a service and ISF believe an increased educator to child ratio is required to support the inclusion of all children, including one or more children with ongoing high support needs, in a care environment the service can submit an application for ISS funding. ISS is not for one to one support, it is to increase the educator to child ratio and to build the educators’ capacity to support the inclusion of all children in the care environment.

Child care and early learning services should submit an application:
  • When they are requesting ISS for the first time.
  • When they are requesting ISS for a further period.
  • When there are changes to the care environment.
Changes could include an increase or decrease in children’s regular attendance or new children with ongoing high support needs entering or leaving the care environment.

ISS applications should be submitted 4 weeks prior to when ISS is required. Applications are processed based on the date they are submitted and, if approved, are given a start date commencing the Monday after being approved. Services are advised to submit applications four weeks prior to when ISS is required to enable sufficient time for services to be notified of the outcome of the application and to employ an additional educator based on the approval given.

Step One - Contact your local Inclusion Support Agency (ISA)

Eligible child care and early learning services that have enrolled a child with additional needs should contact their local Inclusion Support Agency (ISA) to discuss their inclusion support needs.

Before an application for ISS can be made an ISF will assist services to develop an Inclusion Improvement Plan (IIP). The IIP is the key planning tool that assists educators to focus on their needs, develop goals and implement actions to build educator and service capacity to facilitate the inclusion of all children, including children with additional needs. If ISS is identified as an appropriate support the IIP will be submitted with the application for ISS.

Step Two – Completing an application

Most eligible child care and early learning services can apply for ISS online through the Inclusion Support (IS) Portal. Some services, such as Budget Based Funded (BBF) services, are required to submit paper-based applications directly to the National Inclusion Support Subsidy Provider (NISSP).

For services applying using the online system, your Inclusion Support Facilitator (ISF) will provide a Letter of Introduction to the IS Portal. Use this information to log onto the IS Portal and complete the application.

Centre Based services must demonstrate why ISS is needed in the care environment and describe the strategies the educators will implement as a team, with the support of the increased educator to child ratios within this care environment, to include all children.

Home Based Services must demonstrate the impact on the care environment and the strategies the educator will use to include the child with ongoing high support needs within the care environment.

The information provided should be up to date and show the current impact on the care environment of including children with high support needs with their typically developing peers and the strategies educators will implement to ensure the inclusion of all children.

Step Three – Submitting an application

Review your application to ensure it provides the information required and reflects the current needs and circumstances within the care environment.
Check all information has been attached using the ISS Application Checklist for services.
Submit your application for endorsement to your ISF.

Your ISF and/or the NISSP will contact you if further information or clarification is required for your application to be submitted and or assessed.

IPSP Factsheet 1 – Applying for Inclusion Support Subsidy provides information for child care and early learning services about applying for ISS online using the IS Portal.