NDIS - what to expect in the first 12 months

You have been accepted for NDIS, you understand the three types of funding supports, and your plan has finally arrived, how exciting!? You open it up, and it is long, and scary, and the language is convoluted. Don't let it get the better of you, we are here to help you through!

Once your first plan is finalised you will be contacted by a representative to discuss how to put it into action. This contact will happen within seven days of you receiving your plan. The NDIS will then work with you to implement your plan. This support could be provided by a Local Area Coordinator, a plan support coordinator or another party who will help you to connect with community and mainstream or funded supports.

When you have decided on the supports and services you need and have chosen who will provide them, the final step is setting up a service booking for your NDIS registered providers. This step isn’t needed if you are using unregistered providers or self-managing funds. Keep in mind, you do not have to give anyone a copy of your NDIS plan. Sharing your plan is your choice. You can choose to share parts or all of your plan with your service providers through the myplace portal. In particular, you may want to share information about you and your goals so they know what you want to achieve and how you would like them to help you. All providers must comply with the Privacy Act 1988 and must not share your personal information with anyone else without your permission. If you have concerns about your privacy, speak to your provider about their privacy policy and rules.

Your first plan will give you time to think about how the supports you currently receive are working for you and what else you might need to achieve your longer-term goals before your scheduled plan review in 12 months, so feel free to play with it, try new things, and find what truly works for you.

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