The NDIS employs a long-term strategy, investing early on in individuals with disabilities and infants with developmental delays to improve their long-term outcomes.
You’ll have no trouble navigating the NDIS. Here is all you need to know about applying, setting up your Plan, the difference between NDIS plan management and NDIS Support Coordination, and the NDIS pricing guide.
What is NDIS?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new support system for people with disabilities and their carers that is run by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).
What is NDIS? Individuals with disabilities who meet the program’s eligibility requirements are eligible to receive financial assistance from the NDIS in order to help them become more independent, spend more time with loved ones, acquire new skills, find paid or volunteer employment, and generally improve their quality of life.
People with impairments have the opportunity to get community help via the NDIS as well. In practice, this entails putting individuals in touch with members of the medical community, social and recreational groups, support networks, educational institutions, community centres, and libraries, among other public services.
What is the Application Process for the NDIS?
If you are currently getting services for people with disabilities, you do not need to apply for the NDIS. If you do not presently get disability services but want to join the plan, call the NDIS and ask for an Access Request Form.
As part of the process for requesting access:
- Evidence of your impairment is required.
- Be required to confirm your identification and/or the authorisation of another person to act on your behalf.
- Be questioned to see whether you fulfil the NDIS access criteria.
Your NDIS Strategy
You will get an individual Plan based on your requirements after you have been examined and determined to be eligible for NDIS funding. Your NDIS Plan includes Capacity Building Supports, Capital Support, and Core Supports. You may qualify for funding in one, two, or all three of these categories.
Your Plan is built on the objectives you’ve chosen. Your Plan’s supports are connected with your objectives and are meant to assist you in achieving them.
NDIS plans are evaluated regularly. If you haven’t met your existing objectives, you may establish new ones at your Plan review, or you can continue with the same ones if you have.
What is the Distinction Between NDIS Plan Management & Support Coordination?
NDIS plan management and Support Coordination assist persons with disabilities in putting their NDIS plan into action.
However, most individuals are perplexed and believe they are the same service. NDIS Plan Management and Support Coordination, although complementary, have distinct approaches to putting an NDIS plan into reality.
NDIS Plan Management
A plan manager handles the financial elements of the plan on your behalf. You might think of them as your personal plan accountant, managing frequently complex and time-consuming chores like budget monitoring and invoice management.
This service is entirely financed by the NDIS and is offered to all participants at no cost. Simply request that it be included in your plan at your plan review or at any other time.
A Plan Manager may assist you with the following tasks:
- Making lodging fund claims through the NDIS platform
- Managing your approach to plan reviews and/or audits’ financial reporting
- Expert guidance on all NDIS plan-related issues
- Keeping track of the financing and support budget
- Receiving bills and paying vendors on your behalf
NDIS Support Coordination
A NDIS Support Coordinator handles the provider-related components of the plan on your behalf. They assist you in locating and connecting with the providers most suited to your requirements, as well as ensuring that your money is spent in a manner that provides you with the greatest opportunity of meeting your objectives.
This service is available regardless of how your plan is administered (plan-managed, self-managed, or NDIA-managed), as long as you can demonstrate that it is fair and required. Typically, funding is given if you do not have a family member or friend who might assist with the responsibilities that a Support Coordinator would otherwise accomplish.
A Support Coordinator may assist you with the following tasks:
- Providing competent guidance on any provider and associated issues
- Unpacking your NDIS plan’s specifics
- Getting ready for your plan review meeting
- Locating and connecting with the best suppliers
- Assisting you in tracking your progress
NDIS Price Guide & Funding
It is critical for both participants and service providers to understand the structure of the NDIS Price Guide and the NDIS funding.
The NDIS price guide, also known as Pricing Arrangement and Pricing Limits, outlines general pricing arrangements and price limits for services so that participants can ensure they are receiving value for their money and effectively manage their budgets and finances.
It outlines what can be claimed under the NDIS programme and the price limits for each form of support, although it is not considered legislation. The guide is also useful for service providers in determining the utmost price they may charge for their service. This does not imply that you must pay the highest rate, and you can always attempt to negotiate reduced rates to stretch your funding further.
All NDIS supports and their corresponding budgets fall into one of the following three categories:
Core supports: This budget comprises supports to assist you in completing daily living activities and working towards your long-term objectives.
Capacity building supports: This budget contains materials to assist you in developing your skills and independence.
Capital supports: Funding for assistive technology, equipment, capital expenditures, and vehicle or house modifications are all included in this budget.
Overall, the NDIS is a useful program that attempts to give persons with disabilities assistance and possibilities. Businesses may play an important role in fostering inclusion and equal chances by understanding how it works and following best practices for helping workers with disabilities.