National Disability Insurance Scheme tips

Here are our top tips to get you started in planning for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS):

1. Start planning early
Don’t wait until the NDIS comes to Dubbo. Research and ask people what the NDIS is and what it might mean for you. There are also regular community information sessions in Dubbo about the NDIS.

2. Take advantage of community support services and resources
Westhaven can sit down with you and help you plan, and the NDIS planning resources are also useful tools.

3. Have clear personal goals and aspirations
Talk to your family and friends about what you want for your future. Think about your life now, your current informal and formal supports, and what is working and what might need to change. Try and make a short list about your goals before you contact the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), which manages the NDIS.

4. Prepare your documents
Collect any reports, assessments or information you might find helpful for when the NDIS comes to Dubbo on 1 July 2017. Your doctor and health professionals should be able to you with these documents if you don’t already have them.

5. Try and be familiar with NDIS language
The NDIS is a new scheme and has some new language that you may not be familiar with. The NDIS will be around for a long time, so you will come across the same words again and again. 

Here are some of the main terms you will see:

  • Local Area Coordinator (LAC): someone that will help you develop your NDIS plan
  • Coordinator of Supports: someone that will help you implement your NDIS plan and work through any problems you have
  • Support Connection: someone that will help you link to services and supports
  • Support Planner: someone that helps you with your pre-planning (Westhaven can help you with this, call us)
  • NDIS plan: the plan that lists your goals and the supports and budget you have for those supports.
It may be confusing at first, but it may make moving to the NDIS easier for you. You can also refer to the NDIS glossary.


Your NDIS plan needs to be right for you and outlines the supports you need

It’s your plan and your choice. Your NDIS plan should say what support you need to do the things you want to. The NDIA will use the information in your plan to decide how much funding you need.
The plan should allow you to have the right support for you to meet the goals listed in your plan. When you first develop your plan, if you think there is something missing or that you can’t get the reasonable and necessary supports you need with your plan, talk to your local area coordinator.

7. Tell someone if your plan isn’t working for you.
The NDIA realises that the NDIS is a new experience and that your first plan may look different to your future plans. Your NDIS plan will be reviewed every year, but remember to keep a note of things in between reviews of things that you might like to change in your plan.
If your circumstances change during the year then it’s important that you tell your service provider or the NDIA.