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My First Plan

If you are a NDIS participant, you will get a first plan.

Your first plan is the start of a lifelong relationship with the NDIS and will continue to give you the support you need now. It will make sure you have time to learn more about all of your options with the NDIS and consider your goals for your next plan.

Your first plan may include the same supports and services you currently receive. It might include a range of supports provided by your family, friends, doctors, school and paid disability providers.

Your first plan will talk about your needs and the goals you want to achieve.

Your first plan will include details about the supports and services you need to reach your goals.

You will choose your service providers. You will choose which supports you receive.

Talking about your First Plan

Someone from the NDIS will contact you, your family, or carer and they will make a time to talk to you about your first NDIS plan. This is called a discussion. You can bring a family member, carer or guardian along to the discussion to support you. We will ask you how you do everyday things like having a shower or cooking food. This information will form the basis of your First Plan. You will keep receiving your current supports until you have an NDIS plan in place.

Your plan may include:

  • Informal supports – the care and help you get from your family and friends.
  • Community supports – the activities and services you can get from people or groups in your local community.
  • Mainstream supports – the support and services you get from your doctor or school.
  • Reasonable and necessary funded supports – the supports and services the NDIS can fund. These are things related to your disability that you need to live your life and increase your options such as getting a job or doing more activities in the community.

Your first plan will be in place for 12 months. This will give you time to think about how those supports are working for you, and what else you might need to help you achieve your goals before you do your next plan.

It will also give you an opportunity to explore options to get involved in your local community through activities such as sports clubs and special interest and community groups.

Getting ready for your discussion

You should make sure you have information about your life and the supports you receive now. If you receive supports from the NSW Government now, you will receive an information folder. This information might include reports and assessments.

The folder will have all the documents to do with your support. Bring this information to your first plan discussion.

What happens after the discussion?

The information from the discussion will go into your first NDIS plan. The plan will be made just for you and your needs. It will also be compared to the plans of people with similar needs as you. This helps the NDIS know if the types of support and funding you receive will meet your needs.

Reviewing your plan

Your plan will be reviewed after 1 year. This is to make sure that you are still receiving supports that best suit your needs and help you reach your goals. If your needs change a lot before then, you can ask for a review of your plan earlier.

Summary – My First Plan

  • It is the start of a lifelong relationship – Your first plan with the NDIS will continue to give you the support you need now.
  • It is in place for 12 months – This will give you time to think about how those supports are working for you.
  • It will give you time to learn the options available – It will make sure you have time to learn more about all of your options with the NDIS. It will also give you an opportunity to explore options to get involved in your local community.
  • It will allow you to consider your goals – Your first plan will give you time to think about what you might need to help you achieve your goals before you do your next plan.

Starting my plan

Once your plan is approved, it is time to put it into action. The NDIS can work with you to start your plan. This support may include Local Area Coordinators (LACs) who can help you find community activities and the mainstream services that help you achieve your goals. Local Area Coordination is designed to support people with disability to explore and build an ordinary life within their communities.

Self-direction

Self-direction means you have control over your supports and how they are provided.

The National Disability Insurance Agency can help you manage payments to your providers or you can manage these payments yourself.

You can get information on self-directing and self-managing your plan on the NDIS website www.ndis.gov.au/participants.

Choosing your providers

You can choose the providers you want to deliver the services you need. You will normally need to make a written agreement with your providers to do this. Your existing provider may need to continue to deliver some supports initially.

Participant Portal

You can access your plan on the Participant Portal, an online tool available through the myGov website that keeps all of your documents together. You’ll receive portal access instructions once your plan is ready. If you choose to self-manage your funding, you can also process payments through the portal.

Starting your plan

While you are starting your plan, you might like to:

  • Think about your future goals.
  • Consider activities and ways of achieving your goals.

It is important to think about how your first plan is working for you – what is good and what is not. This will help you prepare for your next plan at your plan review.

You can choose your own support providers and how this support is delivered.

Overview – Starting your plan

Self-direction – You have control over your supports and how they are provided.

You can choose your providers – You will normally need to make a written agreement with your providers to do this.

Participant Portal – An online tool available through the myGov website that keeps all of your documents together.

Think about your future goals – It is important to think about how your first plan is working for you – what is good and what is not.

 A Workbook to Help in the Preparation for your First Plan and the Discussion

To help begin the process the NDIS has prepared a short workbook to help you consider various things about your circumstances and provide prompts for further discussion. The short 4 page workbook can be viewed here. You are free to download and print it out.

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Reviewing my plan

While everyone is different, your first plan will generally be in place for 12 months before the NDIS works with you to make any changes. This is called a plan review.

Have a think about your goals in both the short and long term. Knowing what you would like to work towards will help you to think about the supports and services you may need to achieve those goals. It is important that your NDIS plan, and any funded supports, continue to work well for you. This means your plan is helping you to achieve your goals.

Before you start your plan review, it can also be helpful for you to explore options to get involved in your local community through activities such as sport clubs, local theatres, special interest groups and community gardening.

If your circumstances or needs change, you can talk to us about potentially changing your plan. You can ask a family member, friend, carer, or provider, to support you during a plan review.

Getting ready for my plan – a checklist

This checklist helps you get ready for making your next NDIS plan.

  • Think about your life now, including which supports are helping you and which are not.
  • Identify your strengths, interests, opportunities and challenges.
  • Consider your current informal, mainstream, funded and community supports.
  • Think about your goals and what you want to achieve.
  • Create words or pictures about your daily life and goals so that you are prepared for your plan review.

Changing providers

If you feel a support or service provider is not helping you as much as they could, you can change providers. You don’t need to wait until your plan review. See ‘choosing a provider’ on the NDIS website for more information.

 Overview – Reviewing my plan

  • This checklist helps you get ready for making your next NDIS plan.
  • Think about your life now, including which supports are helping you and which are not.
  • Identify your strengths, interests, opportunities and challenges.
  • Consider your current informal, mainstream, funded and community supports.
  • Think about your goals and what you want to achieve.

 Real Life Stories of people beginning the NDIS

For some stories from real people that have begun the NDIS journey and how the plan has helped them please click on the following link:

Your Stories

Where can I get more information about my First Plan?

You can call the National Disability Insurance Agency on 1800 800 110

Or you can visit their website at www.ndis.gov.au