If you are eligible for the NDIS, it’s important that you take control of your NDIS journey. The NDIS is a huge change in your life, and as such, it can sometimes be difficult to organise yourself. In this guide, we will walk you through a few easy steps on how to take control of your NDIS journey.
Start With Checking Your Eligibility
The first step is to check your eligibility, which you can do by visiting the NDIS website and completing the Checklist. You should also consider scheduling your first planning meeting. The checklist will give you a good idea of what documentation you’ll need to bring with you—don’t forget it!
The NDIS planning process involves developing a plan that outlines how people with disability will achieve their goals, so make sure to take someone along for support if your needs are complex or non-obvious. You may feel overwhelmed at first, but don’t worry—the planning team will guide you through the process step by step and answer any questions that arise during this time. We recommend taking notes during the meeting in order to remember everything discussed at later stages (when making decisions about where funding goes). This way, everyone involved knows exactly what’s going on in terms of who gets what service when they need it most while maximizing quality outcomes across different aspects of life such as education or employment opportunities.
You are not in the NDIS plan – How you can apply for NDIS
To apply for NDIS, you will need to be eligible. If you are not sure about your eligibility, check with the NDIS website or call their support line.
Once you have decided to apply for the scheme, there are some things that you should do first:
- Complete the NDIS Checklist and bring it with you to your first planning meeting. This will help ensure that all of your needs can be addressed in this process. You can also use it as a guide when discussing what supports would be best suited for yourself or your loved ones during their planning meetings.
- Take someone along with you in case they need support at any point throughout this journey. It may also be helpful if they can take notes of any important information discussed during this meeting so that both parties know exactly what was discussed and agreed upon at each stage of the application process before moving on to another step within it (i.e., scheduling follow-up appointments).
Complete the NDIS Checklist
The NDIS checklist is the first step to apply for the NDIS. When you go to the NDIS website, you’ll see a list of documents required to complete your application.
Once you’ve downloaded and filled out this checklist, submit it directly through the website or give it to a service provider who can help guide you through the process.
Schedule your first planning meeting
The first step in planning your NDIS journey is to schedule your first planning meeting. This is where you will meet with a planner from the provider of your choice, who will help you create a plan that best suits your needs. A good planner should be able to provide support and assist you with navigating the scheme.
- Make sure you have everything ready for this meeting by making sure
- You have the checklist that was sent out prior to the appointment in order to check off what tasks need to be done beforehand (i.e., paperwork, medical information etc.).
- If needed, bring someone along who can help take notes or record information during meetings (this will come in handy later on). This person could also act as an advocate in case something goes wrong at any stage along the way!
- If possible, try not to go into this meeting feeling stressed out or anxious; it’s much better if we are relaxed so that there’s nothing stopping us from focusing on what needs doing.
Bring checklist and supporting documentation to the meeting
It is important that you bring your checklist and any supporting documentation with you. Your NDIS planner will use these documents to help guide the meeting. It is also helpful if someone can come with you for support during this process, as it can be difficult to remember everything that was discussed at the end of a long day. If you don’t have anyone available, try taking notes during your meeting so that both you and your planner have a record of what was discussed in case anything comes up later on.
Clear your mind before the session begins
Before attending an NDIS planning session, it’s important that you clear your mind so that nothing else gets in the way of reaching all goals and needs set out in the plan. If possible, try meditating beforehand or doing something relaxing for at least 15 minutes (e.g., listening to music). This will help reduce anxiety levels when trying to articulate thoughts related to each goal/need which may lead to discussions about how best to implement these goals/needs given the current situation being faced by a family member with a disability (FMD).
Take someone with you for support
One of the best things you can do is take someone with you to your meeting. It’s a good idea to ask your family, friends and carers if they are interested in going with you.
If someone is not able to go with you, then we recommend that they get their own advocate (if possible). If this isn’t possible, then consider getting an advocate who has experience working with people with disability and learning difficulties. The most important thing is that whoever goes with you understands your needs and how the NDIS works so they can help guide the conversation and answer any questions or concerns that come up during these meetings.
Take notes of your meeting, clear your mind to focus on the task at hand:
As soon as you get home, write down the goals and needs that were discussed in your meeting. This can help you to clear your mind and think about what you really want to achieve.
When you are writing down these goals and needs, try to be specific by stating exactly what it is that you want or need. You might ask yourself questions such as: “What do I need?” or “What do I want?”.
You might also like to write down some ideas for how these goals and needs could be achieved. For example, if one of your NDIS plans involves getting a mobility scooter, then writing down how often this will be used (e.g., twice a week) could help other people who support you understand when they might use it too!
Review the draft of your NDIS plan:
Once you’ve received an NDIS plan, it’s important to check that it meets your needs. You can do this by reviewing your draft plan and making sure:
- It reflects your goals and priorities.
- It includes the support you need to achieve those goals.
- Your total amount of funding is enough to cover those supports and any other services or equipment listed in your plan (if applicable).
Check your fund allocation, and address any concerns:
If you have an allocated plan, it’s important to check that it is meeting your needs. If not, speak with your planner about how to make adjustments. You can also ask for reviews at any time throughout the life of your plan if you feel there’s something missing or not working well enough for you.
- If you are unhappy with your plan or don’t think it’s right for you, ask them to review it and make changes if needed. Plans can be reviewed at any time by contacting NDIS directly – they will send someone out who will sit down with you and discuss what supports work best for you before putting together a new plan that reflects these changes.
Organise your finances – Hire a reliable plan manager:
A Plan Manager is a professional service that can help you save money and take control of your NDIS journey. Hiring a plan manager will help you organise your support, funding and finances.
You may want to consider hiring a Plan Manager if:
- You want more time to spend on things that are important to you
- You don’t have someone in mind who could do the job well enough themselves (i.e., they don’t have the skills or experience to do it)
- Your daily living activities are spread out over several hours during each day, so it’s difficult for one person to manage everything at once
Organise your support:
Organising your support is a key step in taking control of your NDIS journey. This is because it’s important to make sure you are using the right supports, which are best suited to the needs and goals of you and your family.
- You can do this by talking with an NDIS planner who will help you understand what types of services are available, how much they cost, and how they will help you achieve your goals.
- Your planner may also recommend that you speak with an occupational therapist or speech pathologist about things like social skills training, communications strategies, financial literacy workshops and other areas as part of their role in assisting people living with complex physical disabilities like cerebral palsy.”
Receive and enjoy your support:
Once you’ve received your services and support, it’s important to take steps to ensure that they are helping you reach your goals. Here are a few things you can do:
- If there is anything about the way in which your supports are being delivered that makes you uncomfortable or unhappy, bring these concerns up with the provider. If necessary, have an open conversation about how to improve things going forward.
- If there are any parts of the plan that don’t seem like they’re working for you, talk about them with your provider and see if adjustments can be made without compromising its overall integrity.
- If there are tasks or activities on your plan that aren’t working as well as expected, see if there are ways in which they could be modified so that they become more effective (for example: perhaps something needs to be done differently before a particular activity begins).
What does MSM Plan Management do and why it is important in your life?
Your NDIS plan can be a little overwhelming. It’s great to have access to all this help and support, but it can still feel like a lot at once.
That’s why we want to make sure you’re getting the most out of your plan—and that means helping you stay on top of all your spending. That’s why we included plan management in your NDIS plan at no cost to you!
We’ll help you track your spending with simple and intuitive breakdowns of budgets, view your invoices to see how they’re tracking and have the option to approve new invoices, stay in touch with the latest NDIS news, tips and exclusive offers for Plan Partner clients, submit reimbursements on the go and get your money back the next business day!
A Key Takeaway:-
- MSMPM tracks all your invoices, budget and spending and provides you with the best online app to track your spending, approve and see the status of invoices and access your NDIS plan details easily.
- MSMPM makes sure you get the best value for money.
- MSMPM helps you to manage your budget.
- MSMPM helps you to manage your NDIS plan and funding
- MSMPM sends you the periodic activity statements to assist you in tracking your spending.
- MSMPM pays for your support services by submitting claims to the NDIS portal
- MSMPM Adhere to the NDIS Price Guide
- MSMPM manage financial reporting for your NDIS plan review and audits
- MSMPM help you choose the right support providers for your needs, if you request