NDIS Participant | Who, What, How?
According to the Australian government, an NDIS participant is “a person with a disability who meets the access requirements to become a participant in the NDIS”. The NDIS uses individual plans to identify the reasonable and necessary support a person will need to help them achieve their goals and aspirations.
An NDIS participant uses the NDIS to support living their daily lives with support form carers, products or technology or home modifications.
Whether you’re new to the NDIS or well into your NDIS journey, MyIntegra is here to help you live life on your terms through our plan management and support coordination services.
NDIS participant eligibility
A person must meet the following eligibility requirements to partake in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
How do I become an NDIS participant?
The first step in accessing the NDIS is to check your eligibility to apply for the NDIS. Your residency, age, and whether you meet the requirements for disability or early intervention support all contribute to your eligibility for the NDIS. You can check your eligibility by following the questions available on the NDIS website using the Eligibility Checklist.
If you meet the criteria for accessing the NDIS, you can apply to become a participant. You can call the NDIS on 1800 800 110 and ask to make an ‘Access Request’ or download the Access Request Form from their website. You may need to include evidence of your disability when you apply – such as information on what your disability is, how long it will last and how it impacts your life. The NDIS website outlines the type of evidence you may need to provide.
The NDIA will decide whether you’re eligible for the NDIS and will send you a letter to tell you. If you’re eligible, you’ll be asked to come to a planning meeting to talk about the supports and funds you need. If you’re not, you can still get information and help from a Local Area Coordinator or Early Childhood Early Intervention Coordinator. They can connect you with supports and services in your local community.
Your NDIS plan will be a written agreement as to the types of supports and services you will receive funding for. It’s important to go into your planning meeting well prepared. You should think about your immediate support needs and the long-term and short-term goals you want to achieve through your NDIS plan. Try to be as specific as possible.
You planning meeting is the best time to note the way you want your plan funds managed and if you would like extra help from a support coordinator.
Once approved, you can start to use your plan to help you to move towards achieving your goals. Depending on your plan, you can get help from your Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) Coordinator, Local Area Coordinator (LAC), or Support Coordinator to get started.
You also need to understand what’s included in your plan, the management of different budget types within your plan and how you can make you plan work for you. The NDIS has a range of resources to help you learn more about using your plan.
How does an NDIS participant get plan management?
1. At your planning or review meeting
It’s a good idea to have a think about your plan management options before your NDIS planning meeting as you may be asked how you want to look after the money in your plan.
If using a registered plan manager is the right option for you, simply advise the NDIS Planner or Local Area Coordinator (LAC) of your request to use plan management or have ‘Improved Life Choices’ included in your plan.
If you’re not asked; say what you want, or you can use this letter to help explain.
2. Change while your plan is active
If you already have a plan in place, but you are currently self-managed or agency managed, don’t worry, you can ask to change without having to start at the beginning.
You can request a ‘Light Touch Review’. This review is for administrative changes that you need, such as changing over to plan management.
You can do it over the phone and should only take couple of weeks to approve if all is in order.
To request a change to your plan you can:
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What's included in an NDIS plan?
Each NDIS plan then has three main parts:
Part 1 – About me:
This includes a short description of you and your daily life, the activities you enjoy or participate in, and the people who support you.
Part 2 – My goals:
Here will be a list of your goals that you agreed with the LAC or Planner. There are usually two to three goals. These are the goals that you will work towards during the term of the plan.
Part 3 – My supports:
This section of your NDIS plan is the most detailed and includes information on the supports in your plan, including:
- help from your family and friends, mainstream and community supports (informal supports)
- local community groups or government provided services like school, health or transport services
- ‘Reasonable and Necessary’ supports, including how much funding you will have access to over the course of your NDIS plan.
How does an NDIS participant get support coordination?
Not everyone is eligible for support coordination to be funded separately, so for your best chance of having it included in your NDIS plan, you should highlight to your LAC or ECEI the reasons why you need it. Here are some example situations.
For example, because of:
Your social situation / support network
For example, because of:
Your personal situation
For example, because of:
Your limited experience exercising Choice and Control
For example, because you need assistance with making informed choices and having control over how your NDIS plan is implemented. Including knowing how to:
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