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Planning and supports


Preparing for your NDIS planning meeting

Attending an NDIS planning meeting can be daunting. Preparation is the key. Completing a pre-planning workbook can help to prepare you for the planning conversation.

Association for Children with a disability have a NDIS planning workbook specifically for use by parents.

Every Australian Counts Campaign

Every Australian Counts is a grass roots organisation that fought for the introduction of the NDIS and continues to campaign to ensure that the NDIS delivers on its promise to people with disabilities.

Every Australian Counts has excellent resources to assist with NDIS preplanning.

Goals and Aspirations

You will be asked to identify Goals and Aspirations as part of your NDIS planning conversation. Use the SMART acronym to ensure your goals are:

S – Specific
M – Measurable
A – Attainable
R – Relevant
T – Time-bound

It is also useful to conceptualise your individual goals in a way that aligns them with the broader objectives of the NDIS. The scheme aims to support people with disability to increase their independence, increase social and economic participation and develop their capacity to participate in the community.

Tips for your planning meeting:

  • Don’t go alone
  • Make sure you are well prepared
  • Go to NDIS information sessions if you can
  • Call the help line with any questions before
  • Speak to other families
  • Join one of the Facebook NDIS participant groups
  • Make a folder containing details about every single thing that you spend money on around disability support
  • Think about Goals and Aspirations for your plan

It’s important to know: If you don’t agree with the funding you or your child is allocated by the NDIS, you do not have to accept it. You can request a review of the decision.

However, reviews can be time consuming and emotionally draining. The better prepared you are during the planning process, the more likely you are to secure the reasonable and necessary supports that you need without the need for review.

What kinds of supports can be funded under the NDIS?

Before the NDIS planner or Local Area Coordinator makes a decision on what supports might be funded in a participant’s NDIS plan, they will take into account a participant’s network of informal supports (family and friends), mainstream supports (health, mental health, education) and community supports.

The NDIS will fund reasonable and necessary supports to help participants to reach their identified Goals and Aspirations.

‘Reasonable and Necessary’ are three very important words in the NDIS. It’s not as simple as whether a support might be ‘needed’, it has to meet Reasonable and Necessary criteria outlined in the NDIS Act 2013.

Reasonable and Necessary supports help participants to:

  • Pursue Goals and Aspirations
  • Increase independence
  • Increase social and economic participation
  • Develop capacity to take part in the community

In order to be Reasonable and Necessary supports must:

  • Be related to your disability
  • Not include day to day living costs
  • Represent value for money
  • Be likely to be effective and beneficial
  • Take into account informal supports given by family, carers, networks and the community

The types of supports that the NDIS can fund fall into three broad support purposes: Core, Capacity and Capital. These could include:

  • Daily personal activities
  • Transport to enable participation in community, social, economic and daily life activities
  • Workplace help to find and keep a job
  • Therapeutic support including behaviour support Help with household tasks
  • Aids and equipment including assessment, setup and training
  • Home modifications
  • Mobility equipment
  • Vehicle modifications

The NDIS will not fund a support if it:

  • Is not related to your disability
  • Duplicates support funded by a different mechanism through the NDIS
  • Related to day-to-day living costs
  • Likely to cause harm or pose a risk to others

The NDIS will be looking for outcomes

The NDIS has an Outcomes Framework, which has been developed to measure goal attainment for individual participants and overall performance of the Scheme. There are 8 Outcome Domains in the Framework, which are designed to help participants think about goals in different areas of their life and to assist planners explore existing supports in these areas and which further supports are required

Participants and their nominees should work with their service providers to plan for how outcomes from capacity building supports delivered during the plan can be measured and reported and mapped back to plan goals and aspirations. Request progress reports from your service providers in plenty of time for plan review meeting and ensure that you allocate sufficient funds for your Support Category budget to cover the time taken for any assessments and report writing.

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The interface between the NDIS and other service systems

The Cooperation of Australian Governments (COAG) have agreed on a vision for an inclusive Australian society that enables people with disability to fulfil their potential as equal citizens.

COAG have set out applied principles that define what should be funded by the NDIS and what should be funded by other service systems such as: health, mental health, early childhood, child protection, education, higher education VET, employment, housing, transport, justice and aged care.

The most common ‘interfaces’ for NDIS participants with ASD are the health system (pages 3-5) and the education system (pages 12-14). Refer to the Principles to Determine the Responsibilities of the NDIS and Other Service Systems.