The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a federally funded Australian disability care and assistance program. Through the NDIS, people living with disabilities can receive services and financing for their needs that allow them to live independent and fulfilling lives.

To get the most out of your first NDIS planning meeting and get the best possible result, prepare ahead of time. The better prepared you are, the simpler it will be to convey your needs and ensure you don’t overlook anything. It will also make you feel more confident in advocating for yourself or a loved one, so start getting ready as soon as possible.

Here are our tips.

Know your goals

What do you want to achieve with the NDIS? What are your priorities? This is something you should discuss with your family, friends and support network as they will be able to help you clarify what’s important to you. 

Plan ahead

It’s important to have an idea of what you would like your NDIS plan to look like. This includes knowing the services and support you need, as well as how much money you will need to cover these costs. You can start gathering this information now by talking to service providers and doing some research online.

Get organised

To get the most out of your NDIS planning meeting, it’s helpful to have all your relevant documents ready. This might include medical reports, bank statements or letters from Centrelink or other government agencies. If you’re working with a plan manager, they will also need this information so make sure you contact them in advance.

Be prepared for questions

You will likely be asked questions regarding your NDIS goals and objectives, so it is best to be prepared. Planning for the NDIS can seem daunting, but with a bit of organisation and preparation, it can be a smooth process. By knowing what to expect and getting organised ahead of time, you’ll be on your way to accessing the support you need.

Now, it is time to find a NDIS service provider who can make it all happen

Once you’ve identified the types of services that will help you achieve your goals, it’s time to find out more about the providers in your area and whether they are right for you. An NDIS service provider is a person, business or organisation that delivers support or a product to a participant of the NDIS. They can be large corporations, charities, small not-for-profits, sole traders or any other type of business. 

NDIS service providers assist people with disabilities to access the same opportunities as everyone else, such as a place to live, a job, hobbies and the company of their families and friends. Participants’ supports and services are divided into three categories: core, capital, and capacity building.

  • Core: A support that helps a participant complete daily living activities.
  • Capital: A support for an investment, such as assistive technologies, equipment and home or vehicle modifications, or funding for capital costs (e.g. to pay for Specialist Disability Accommodation).
  • Capacity building: A support that helps a participant build their independence and skills.

Integrity Disability Hub is dedicated to providing the best disability care services in the Greater Western Sydney region. We can assist you and your family with your NDIS support services and will work diligently on your behalf to ensure that your goals are accomplished. Get in touch with our team today!