Ten things you need to know to get the most out of your NDIS plan.
1. You have received your plan, now what do you do?
Many people receive their plan, with an amount of funding that you can use towards your goals but have no idea who to speak to. Your LAC or NDIS planner should be able to help by supplying a list of NDIS providers. Your provider/s will be able help with the services that you require to help you with your goals and ambitions.
2. You need to understand the different types of funding. – There are three main different types of funding.
• Core Supports budget: Core Supports help you with everyday activities,
• Capacity Building Supports budget: Capacity Building Supports help build your independence and skills to help you reach your long-term goals.
• Capital Supports budget: Capital Supports include higher-cost pieces of assistive technology, equipment and home or vehicle modifications, and funding for one-off purchases you may need (including Specialist Disability Accommodation).
3. You may need someone to help you understand your plan.
You may want to purchase something using your NDIS plan. Are you allowed to use the money for that item? Find someone who has the knowledge about NDIS plans and what is allowed.
4. Is it necessary and reasonable?
Necessary is something you have to have because of your disability. The NDIS funds “reasonable and necessary supports” relating to a person’s disability to help them live an independent life and achieve their goals.
5. Does your funding suit your goals?
When you had your NDIS planning meeting they would have asked you what your goals are? When you spend any money from your plan, it must be able to be linked back to help you achieve one of your goals.
6. Do you have choice over how you spend your money and what supports that you will have?
Under the NDIS it is expected that each participant will have the choice over what supports that they receive and who supports them.
7. Do you understand why you have a review and what happens during the review of your NDIS plan?
Your plan will have a start and end date of that plan, before the end of your plan, you will be contacted by NDIS or your LAC (local area coordinator). They will schedule a review date of your plan.
8. I don’t know how I should have my plan managed.
Determine how you want your plan to managed. You can self-plan manage, have a plan manager provider or you can be NDIA plan managed. Regardless it is your choice, you can talk about this at your review.
9. What if I’m not happy with my review and what is in my plan?
Don’t accept a plan you are not satisfied with. If you feel your plan doesn’t understand your specific needs and the funds are insufficient to cover your reasonable and necessary support. Ask for a review.
10. How do I choose a good NDIS provider?
You need to find a provider that will listen to your needs, goals and ambitions and put you at the centre of your support. Your service provider should walk with you, during your plan from the beginning to the end.
Linda is the Managing Director at KompleteCare Community and Home Care Service – Adelaide, Australia