How to set the right goals for your NDIS plan

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Getting your NDIS plan approved can be a stressful experience.

Filling out the application forms, writing the participant statement, providing evidence of your disability, collecting all the relevant reports and documents, and preparing for the interview – it can be a tiresome process.

After all this, when you do secure funding, it can be disappointing if the amount isn’t enough to cover all your requirements. It’s only natural to wonder where your application fell short.

So how does NDIS decide your funding?

When the experts at NDIS sit down to evaluate an application, they take into account all the details provided by a participant.

They consider the supports which are already available to a participant through their family or individual connections as well as friends and community services.

NDIS finally arrives at a figure which it believes will fund ‘reasonable and necessary support’ to help each participant meet their goals and aid in activities that help them participate in the community.

This is why writing down your goals is an important step in helping NDIS understand your future aspirations and build your plan around them.

How do you set the right goals?

Goals are activities you want to pursue. They could be small or big, but they must be specific, measurable, achievable and realistic. They should also describe the kind of support service(s) that would help you achieve those goals.

For example: “My goal is to work in my local community and I need transport to get to my workplace” or “My goal is to learn a new language and I need support to buy study material”.

By being clear about your goals in your application you can help NDIS understand how much support and funding you might need.

NDIS Support Budget infographicWhat are NDIS support budgets?

Every participant’s plan is different and no two people need the same kind of support. But all NDIS budgets are approved based on three support categories that will help a participant meet their overall goals:

  • Core Support
  • Capacity Building Support
  • Capital Support

Many customers with disabilities may be eligible for more than one type of support from these sources. Let’s understand how these categories differ.

Core Support

Core Supports, as the name indicates, are the foundation of your NDIS plan. They help you with your current disability-related needs and daily activities.

Typical core supports would include assistance with daily living, consumables, mobility, social participation in activities that build skills like driving or music classes, and transport to go to work or study.

Your Core Support budget is the most flexible part of your plan, and in most cases you can use it across all support categories.

Capacity Building Support

Capacity Building Supports assist people with disability by providing funding for skilled supports such as training and employment, social participation, leisure and recreation activities, independent living skills and communication supports. This category also includes a carer payment.

The Capacity Building Support budget can only be used to fund approved individual support within the category and cannot be moved from one category to another.

Capital Support

You may be eligible for Capital Support budget to purchase support within two categories:

  • Assistive Technology – This includes higher-cost equipment items for mobility, personal care, and communication.
  • Home Modifications – This includes funding to install ramps and lifts. It can also include Specialist Disability Accommodation funding.

Like Capacity Building Support, your Capital Support budgets are non-transferable and cannot be used to fund any other service or products.

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