Do I need a plan?
A plan is like a guide of what you want to happen in your life. A plan also talks about how you will make things happen. A plan will say the support you need to do the things you want. If you want to receive funding through the NDIS, you MUST have a plan.
How do I get a NDIS plan?
You must meet with a person called a Planner from the National Disability Agency (NDIA) to work out a plan. The NDIA is the agency that manages the NDIS. You can take whoever you want with you to talk about your plan.
What should be in the plan?
Part 1 is about what you want to achieve. The Planner will call this your goals and aspirations. The Planner will ask you about the people you know and how they will help you. They will talk about where you live and who you live with. They will also talk about things like whether you work or not, asking what you do during the day and who you know in your area.
Part 2 is all about these things: Help that you get from your family and friends, some people call this informal supports; The supports that will be funded by NDIS; How the funding for your supports will be managed; A date for the plan to be looked at again.
Can I change my plan?
Yes. Most plans are for 6 or 12 months and then they should be considered again. This is called a review. Review dates need to be written in the plan. But things do change and if your circumstances change you can contact your Planner and organise a meeting to change the plan.
What can you get ready now?
1. Think about how much control you want?
2. Learn about different ways that funding can be managed
3. Prepare a book that can be shown to people that are supporting you
Does my plan have anything to do with funding?
Your plan from the NDIA should say what you want to do, what you want to be called, your goals and aspirations. Your plan should also say what support you need to do the things you want to do. The NDIA will use that information to decide how much funding you need. Each plan needs to have a budget that goes with it. It is a bit like planning a weekly budget.
You need to agree to both the plan that you make and the budget that the NDIA gives your plan. Work this out before you agree to the plan and the budget. If you cannot work it out, you can ask for help. Make sure that you sign the last version of your plan.