The rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is an exciting time of change but it can also be overwhelming.

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) monitors frequently asked questions that are coming through on social media, posting responses up on their website. We are reposting this information to help keep you up to date.

For more information, please visit the NDIS Website.

What happens if my needs change after my planning meeting?

Before your planning meeting, it is important that you consider what supports you may need now and also in the future to build your skills and independence for the future.

In your planning conversation, you may be asked about your personal details, your community supports, how you manage everyday activities, your safety, setting your goals, and starting your plan. Come prepared with any information that may support this process.

If you’re wondering what type of supports you can receive, the NDIS funds reasonable and necessary supports that must:

  • Be associated with day-to-day living and activities that improve your participation in the community and the workforce.
  • Be a resource or piece of equipment, such as wheelchair, assistive technology or home and car modifications, to help you live an ordinary life
  • Help you build the skills you need to live the life you want, such as opportunities to work, further your education, volunteer or learn something new.
  • Not be service provided by another government service such as health or education.
  • Remember, you will have ongoing opportunities to review and revise your plan over time.

It’s important that you prepare for your planning conversations and plan reviews. You can access a checklist that you can work through before you have your planning conversation on the website (external link).

There are a number of other factsheets and checklists that can assist you to prepare for your planning conversation and to help you to start your NDIS plan that are also available on the website (external link).

I won’t be able to access the NDIS in my area for another 12 months. Can I claim a reimbursement from the NDIS if I have vehicle modifications now?

Once a person meets access criteria and has become a participant of the Scheme, their reasonable and necessary supports, will be discussed at a planning meeting.

For the NDIA to consider funding vehicle modifications you need to be a current participant of the Scheme.You can find out more about vehicle modifications on the NDIS website.

When my plan is due to expire, will the NDIS ring me or do I need to contact them?

The NDIS will contact you before your plan expires to discuss your next plan. It is a good idea to make a note of when your plan is due to expire, so you can begin thinking about your goals for your next plan.

Is my Core Budget funding flexible?

There are three types of support budgets in your funding package:

  • Core Budget – includes supports to help you complete activities related to daily living and work towards your longer-term goals
  • Capacity Building Budget – includes supports to enable you to build your independence and skills
  • Capital Budget – includes assistive technologies, equipment and home or vehicle modifications, and funding for capital costs you may need.

Your Core Budget is the most flexible, and includes four categories of support:

1. Consumables (e.g. purchasing everyday use items such as continence aids)

2. Daily Activities (e.g. assistance with self-care activities during the day or evening)

3. Assistance with Social and Community Participation (e.g. supports to enable you to engage in social or recreational activities)

4. Transport (e.g. if you are unable to use public transport because of your disability).

The good news is you can generally use Core Budget funds allocated against one support category to purchase supports under another support category unless funds have been set aside for a 5. specific purpose such as periodic payments for transport.

More information can be found in the Managing your NDIS funding package factsheet. The Understanding your Plan factsheet also has some useful information about your plan in it. You can also visit the Understanding your plan and supports page on our website for more information.

I’m a carer, where can I go for support?

There are a number of organisations around Australia who provide a range programs and services dedicated to supporting carers. You can check these out in more detail on the Families and Carers page of our website.

Next week is National Carers Week, which is all about recognising and supporting carers. For stories, events and highlights, you might like to keep an eye on our Facebook (external), Twitter (external) and LinkedIn (external) pages.