Your NDIS Plan

Just starting out with the NDIS?

The first step to receiving NDIS funding is a planning meeting with the National Disability Insurance Agency, the Federal Government body that runs the NDIS.
This can be a daunting meeting, and we’re here to help. CPA offers a free Preparation and Supporting Meeting with one of our expert staff to help you prepare.

Here’s how the process works

Get in touch with us to organise a chat so CPA can help you prepare for your meeting with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) representative. In this pre-planning session we’ll provide a comprehensive personalised summary, outlining the key information you need for your NDIS meeting.

This will include your key goals and the services, supports, therapies and equipment you will need to achieve these goals. Take this document, along with medical reports and other documents, to your meeting with your NDIA planner to ensure they understand your support needs.

This meeting will be with an NDIA Local Area Coordinator (LAC) or if the under six years, an Early Childhood Support Access Partner (AP), and it can happen in person or over the phone.

The NDIA coordinator will discuss your goals, or the goals of the person in your care; the supports you or the person has now and the supports, services and equipment required to reach the goals that you have identified. After the meeting, the LAC or AP will submit the plan to the NDIA for funding. Once this has been reviewed it will be sent to you.

The NDIS offers supports framed around short- and long-term goals that you or the person you are caring for identifies. Think about what you want to try, what you like doing, want to keep doing or want to change. Also consider what could boost your morale, make daily activities easier or help you get work or stay in your job.

It’s important to focus on practical things – for example, perhaps you want to make new friends, lose weight, improve speech, travel independently, try a new hobby or improve mobility. These goals will be categorised under NDIS categories such as Improved Daily Living Skills, Improved Health and Wellbeing, Increase Social and Community Participation or School Leaver Employment Supports.

Once you have your NDIS plan, we suggest you meet with us to discuss the supports, therapies, services or equipment you need to meet your goals. For example, if one of your goals is to improve communication, you may want to access speech therapy; or if you wanted to improve your health and wellbeing you may want to attend hydrotherapy or join our gym program. To facilitate this, we would provide a service agreement outlining the services we will provide including the hours involved and our fees.

Before you begin receiving services with us, we will assess your current needs and skills– or the needs and skills of the person you care for. This is to ensure that any expected outcomes or improvements towards meeting your goals can be measured. A review will be provided at the end of the service and we will give you a report that you can take to your next NDIS plan review meeting.

Yearly NDIS review

An annual review of the services you receive is an important part of the NDIS. It’s important that you attend your annual service review armed with all the information required. Make sure that your service provider(s) have completed a Service Review with you outlining and documenting the progress towards your goals; to gather assessments or progress reports to show evidence of what is needed for the next 12 months; and to review your goals and the supports you need to achieve them. For more information go here

Ongoing support

Under the NDIS you can elect to receive funding to have someone help you connect with the services your need. This service is called Support Coordination. Under this we can help you get the most out of your plan by identifying the appropriate supports, services and equipment to help you or the person your support achieve their goals. It also includes working with you to increase your confidence as you prepare for your review or planning meeting. If you would like to speak to one of our team about this, contact us.

Not sure where to begin?

If you still need help to get started, then contact us. It can be daunting but you don’t have to do it alone. Our team can assist you to navigate the NDIS, set goals and find the services you, or the person you are caring for, needs to live the best possible life.

You can also visit our list of frequently asked questions or the NDIS website for more information.