Organising your NDIS Funding
How to find out if you are eligible to access the NDIS?
The NDIS access checklist can help you work out if you are eligible to access the NDIS.
How to prepare for meeting with an NDIA planner to determine what support is needed?
People who are eligible for funding will need to go into a planning meeting ready to explain what they need to reach their goals and the support required. The NDIS website has some great examples of services and supports offered to people living with disability
Who decides what funding a person will be allocated?
Each eligible person will be assessed by an NDIA planner with the criteria of what is ‘reasonable and necessary’. However, there are some things that won’t be covered by NDIS.
If you are eligible for the NDIS, you will receive funding on an annual basis to purchase the services, aids and equipment required to reach your goals.
What is an NDIS Plan?
An NDIS Plan outlines a person's goals and the disability related services and support that will be funded to achieve those goals. Goals are matched to support categories and each category included in the Plan will have a budget to purchase supports.
What should I plan for?
When it's your turn to plan for transition to the NDIS, you should think about what is important to you. You could start by thinking about:
- what supports you currently access and whether these meet your needs
- what you want to learn
- where you want to live
- what sort of work or community activity you want to do
- whether you have enough support to do these things.
Think about ways that you can gather information about things you want to do. Make lists, gather flyers and pamphlets or perhaps take photos with your phone or tablet so you can prioritise what is important to you.
What services and support can people access under the NDIS?
The NDIS will provide funding for 'reasonable and necessary' support, services and equipment. The supports and services provided should assist a person to:
- do things independently
- participate in the community
- access educational opportunities
- get a job and earn a wage
- achieve goals
- develop skills for daily living.
What does 'reasonable and necessary' support mean?
NDIA staff make decisions about what is 'reasonable and necessary' based on the rules within the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 (NDIS Act). To be considered reasonable and necessary, a support must:
- be related to the participant's disability
- not include day-to-day living costs that are not related to a participant's disability support needs
- represent value for money
- be likely to be effective and beneficial to the participant, and
- take into account informal supports given to participants by families, carers, networks, and the community.
Who are planners?
Planners are staff nominated and endorsed by the NDIS who work with you to identify your goals and the supports you need to achieve your goals.
These staff could be called planners or Local Area Coordinators (LACs).
You have the right to provide feedback and if you do not feel comfortable with your planner, you can ask for another person to work with you instead.
Is the NDIS means tested?
No, the funding under the NDIS is not means tested. Support is related to a person's disability and the supports they need, not their capacity to pay for support.
Are there set package amounts?
No, there are not set package amounts.
An NDIS plan aims to give you the supports you need to be as independent as possible, reducing your need for support over time. The cost of the package is determined only by what you include in it. This might change each time you plan.
Is there enough funding for everyone?
Yes. The NDIS has run on time and to budget since the trial began in 2013. Before the NDIS trials started, the government asked experts to develop a model of how the funding would be used and how much would be required to run the insurance scheme properly. The NDIS reports on this every quarter and you can see these reports on the NDIS website.
Can I choose how I plan?
Yes, you can discuss your preference for the way your plan is developed when you are contacted by the NDIS. This may mean meeting face to face, over the phone or online, for one meeting or several meetings.
Can I change my plan?
Yes, if your needs or circumstances change, you can ask to review your plan at any time. The NDIS or an LAC can help you through the process to request a change to your plan.
For information on the NDIS you can visit the National Disability Insurance Scheme website or call 1800 800 110.