Let us step you through how the NDIS works
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a national scheme for people with permanent and significant disability, that provides funding for supports and services they need.
The first step in accessing the NDIS is to check your eligibility to apply for the NDIS. Your location, age, and whether you meet the requirements for disability or early intervention support all contribute to your eligibility for the NDIS. You can also 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 and ask to make an ‘Access Request’. 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
Create a plan
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.
Choose how to manage your funding
At your planning meeting, you can choose the way you’d like to manage your NDIS funding. There are three options to choose from - self-managed, plan-managed and agency-managed, or a combination of these options.
If you choose to be plan-managed, you can choose a plan management provider
, such as Integra, to help you manage your funds, pay providers and track your budget.
Separate funds are provided for in your plan to cover the cost of Plan Management.
Getting extra support
Some participants require extra support to help implement their plans and access supports. You can discuss the reasons why you feel you may need extra support
during your planning meeting.
If your planner agrees, you may have additional funding included in your plan to access a Support Coordinator.
You can choose to use Integra as your support coordination provider
. Our friendly team work closely with you to maximise your plan and help you to achieve your goals – whether that means moving out of home, gaining education, finding a job, helping you with your paperwork or simply living a more independent life.
Using your plan
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.
You also need to understand 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 managing your plan
Learn more about the NDIS