The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) opens up a whole new world of possibilities for people with a disability. But navigating it can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming. To help you prepare and get the most out of the NDIS, we’ve created this simple step-by-step NDIS guide. 
You can easily go through the process by following given 7 Easy steps:

STEP: 1 GET PREPARED

Lets begin with what we are required to prepare ourselves before going for NDIS. Here is what we need: Check your eligibility at www.ndis.gov.au/applying-access-ndis/am-i-eligible and apply by following the instructions. Learn the basics about what the NDIS can fund and how it works. The NDIS website is a great place to start. Start your planning. Don’t wait until your first meeting to think about what you want. Set a date with Local Area Co-ordinator from NDIS.

STEP 2: GO TO YOUR NDIS PLANNING MEETING

Your NDIS planning meeting with your Local Area Coortdinator is your one opportunity to make clear what you need and want in the upcoming year. What you discuss in this meeting will be what goes to the NDIS planner to consider to include in your plan. So it’s very important to make sure your needs are heard. Here’s how: Read about what happens during a planning meeting. Bring your checklist and any supporting documents to the meeting so you can refer them if you need to. Ask a friend or someone you trust to come along for support. Take notes so you can check things later. Express your needs and your goals in life clearly so that your Local Area Coordinator knows exactly what you want in your plan. Everyone can have Plan Management, but not everyone is eligible for Support Coordination. Ask questions and clear your doubts! Don’t leave being unclear.

STEP 3: GET TO KNOW YOUR NDIS PLAN

Check if the draft Plan after Step 2 is correct and suits you. Check all the details. Make sure all details are correct and you’re happy with how your funds have been allocated. Contact your Local Area Coordinator and ask for a review if there are any issues with your plan. Let your existing service providers know that you’ve received your plan.

STEP 4: ORGANISE YOUR NDIS FINANCES

After NDIS journey, you need to make sure that your Service Providers is being paid in time. Also, you need to keep track of your fundings. If you’ve chosen to include Plan Management in your NDIS plan, it’s now time to get your Plan Manager on board to help you manage your NDIS finances. Select and contact a Plan Manager. Set up a service agreement with your Plan Manager. This is a legal agreement which describes how and when the support will be provided.

STEP 5: ORGANISE YOUR SUPPORTS

Another very vital step would be looking for perfect and suitable service provider for your goals. Select and contact a Support Coordinator if Support Coordination is part of your plan. Advanced Disability Services and Respite is an experienced and independent Support Coordinator. Choose your service provider(s). If you are already receiving supports, you can stay with the providers you have, or choose new ones. If you want to change providers, or you need a new service, spend some time researching to find the right provider in your area before you make a final decision. Set up service agreements with your Service Providers. These confirm when the support will be provided, the costs and the fees you need to pay. Make sure you’re happy with them before signing!

STEP 6: TRACK THE PROGRESS OF YOUR PLAN

Now after the planning is done, it’s time to receive your supports and start enjoying the improvements they bring. But don’t forget to: Keep a record of all the supports you receive and when you receive them. Most importantly, keep track of how your budget is being spent. Let us know if you have any questions about the way your plan is being managed.

STEP 7: YOUR ANNUAL PLAN REVIEW

Each year, you’ll have the chance to meet with your Local Area Coordinator, review your plan, give feedback and make any changes you want. Here’s how to make the most of that meeting: Prepare yourself earlier and get your requirements checklists. Be clear about your needs. It’s important to ask clearly for what you want. Contact our team if you have any questions about your review or what to expect.

Everything begins with meeting you.

Everything begins with a conversation. We’d love to hear about your goals and aspirations, and then help you discover Advance Disability Services  & Respite flexible range of services and supports.