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How will the new NDIS process look like?

As the disability sector embraces the new proposed process of accessing and the eligibility process, it is important that we now have a picture of how the process will look like.

Here is a quick recap of the proposed changes:

1. An independent assessment will be done as the basis for the plan.

2. Participants will get a draft plan prior to the meeting.

3. The NDIS planner will make the final decision on the participant’s plan.

Planning meetings will still happen

Plan meetings will still happen according to the participant’s preferred way of communication – face to face or virtually.

Draft Plan

The participant will be given the opportunity to see the draft plan- what it looks like, how much funding, and what types of supports and services are covered, prior to the planning meeting. This way, the participant will have the opportunity to craft questions or raise clarifications regarding allocation, how to best implement it, when do you want the NDIS to check in with you.

Two budget categories:

1.A fixed budget - high-cost assistive technology, specialist disability accommodation, or home modifications.

2.Your remaining budget which will be flexible

An independent assessment will be used as the basis for the plan

Your NDIA planner will be the person who makes the final decision on your plan

It is important to highlight though that, even with the proposed new NDIS access and process, participants are still given the opportunity to challenge the decision of the NDIA regarding their plan. Should the participant feel that the plan is not right for him or her in relation to reaching his/her goals, the participant may be able to raise this and is expected to present documents or proof to prove that the plan does not collaborate with his or her goals.

The new process will look like this

1.Participant to undergo an independent assessment

2. Budget of outcomes released, based on the result of the independent assessment

3. Draft plan and draft budget sent to the participant

4. Plan Meeting- this is also the opportunity wherein the client can clarify and seek understanding about the draft plan and draft budget

5. Plan budget is finalized

6.Participant receives the approved final plan

7. NDIA check-in

In the event that changes have to be made to the participant’s plan, a new independent assessment will be required but it is important to note that it depends on the scale of the changes. In the event that the participant feels the plan is not right, he or she can take necessary steps which are the same as that of the old structure to appeal for it.

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