National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
How do you know if you are eligible for NDIS?
- Are you between the age of 7-65 years old?
- Do you live in Australia and have an Australian residency ?
- Do you usually need support from a person because of a permanent and significant disability?
- Do you use special equipment because of a permanent and significant disability?
- Do you need some support now to reduce your future needs?
What is the next step?/ Brief overview of your journey
- Eligibility – Once you are eligible for NDIS, you will become an NDIS registered participant
- Meet with a Planner – a planner is someone who will guide you through the process of making a NDIS plan, you can contact an ECEI Coordinator, LAC or NDIA planner.
- Make a plan – You have to make a plan that would describe your goals and future plans and how your disability is causing a hindrance and how the funding can help you overcome these obstacles.
- Look for a provider – It is important to look for a NDIS approved provider who can understand and fulfil your needs. Your relationship with the provider is going to be a long one.
- Upgrade/Maintenance of plan – You can think of changing and upgrading your plan with time if needed.
What Happens after your application is approved.
Once you receive your NDIS Plan, the next step is to organise your services and supports. OSAN Ability Assist is a registered NDIS provider and so we are always ready to help you achieve your goals and plan for the future. At OSAN Ability Assist, we have a range of services and supports that can be tailored to meet your needs. We have been providing personalised services to people with disability for over 10 years. Our experienced staff will meet with you to find out about your dreams and aspirations and work with you to tailor support that will help you reach your full potential. We understand that things can change, so we offer a flexible service that ensures you can continue to live your life, your way.
NDIS Plan Management
- Agency Managed – The plan is directly managed by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). the NDIA is responsible for paying providers for any equipment or services you book with them. Service providers can invoice the NDIS directly. The main downside of this option is it is less flexible and you would be limited to booking services from NDIS registered providers.
- Self Managed – The plan will be completely managed by you and you would be responsible for all the work. If you feel confident in organising your own services, managing money and completing complex paperwork, this would be the option for you. You are your own boss and this route would be flexible.
- Plan Managed – This would be a third party managing your plan on your behalf as a “plan manager”. You will have to pay a fee to your plan manager for their services, however it is possible to receive funding in your plan for plan management.
- Help you with your goals and aspiration
- Developing your capacity to actively participate in community activities.
- Fostering independence
- Increasing your economic and social participation
- Represent value for money
NDIS are the ones that will determine how much funding you will receive your plan.
The NDIS looks at your goals and decides what reasonable and necessary supports you would need to achieve them. They will take into account your age, stage of life, primary disability, functional impairment, living situation and your informal support.
It is likely because the NDIS does not think you met the eligibility criteria.
The NDIA may have identified that your supports are best delivered by other service systems. To know more, visit the page on the NDIS website about support for people who are not eligible.
You will receive notification from the NDIS by your preferred mode of communication (usually email or letter) let you know your new plan is active. It will contain your myplace portal activation code, which expires within 10 days.
About 24 hours after your plan has been approved, it will be available on the NDIS myplace portal so it’s worth checking to see if the plan has been uploaded. You will usually also receive a printed copy of your plan in the mail.
- Help you to understand the plan
- Linking you to service providers
- Helping you negotiate with providers, ensure service agreements and service bookings are in place
- Assist you in planning ahead for your plan review
- Help ensure you get the most out of your plan and funded support by thinking outside the box.