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An NDIS plan sets out your goals for your life, says what supports you need, and what NDIS funding you will get.

 

What is a planning meeting?

A planning meeting is your chance to say what should be in your NDIS plan.

At a planning meeting an NDIS planner will talk to you about your life and the supports you need.The NDIS planner will write down what you tell them and take it back to the NDIA. A decision maker will use the information to decide what supports are reasonable and necessary for you. The NDIA set out what they mean by ‘reasonable and necessary supports’ here.

If the NDIA decide you need supports you will get an NDIS plan

 

How can I prepare for a planning meeting?

It is important to prepare for your meeting with the NDIS planner.

At the planning meeting you need to say what you do in your life, what you would like to do and what you need to do those things.

Before the meeting think about the information you want to tell the NDIS planner. If someone is coming with you to your planning meeting, you may want to have a pre-planning meeting with them.

 

Practical steps to prepare for your meeting

Following these steps will help you create a list of what you do on each day and what support you need. This information should form the basis of your NDIS plan.

To prepare for your planning meeting, firstly, think about your week:

What you do each day of the week?

Think about what you do from when you get up, to when you get to bed. It may help to write this down.

What supports do you need each day?

You may need support to do things in your life.  This may be support from another person or you may use equipment.

Support from a person may be from a friend or family or a paid worker. For example, you may have a person who comes and helps you on a Monday to go to an activity. You may get help every day from a friend that lives with you to navigate the stairs. For the NDIS, both types of help are ‘supports.’ Telling the NDIS planner about all the help you need or get will make it more likely that you get a plan that is right for you.

What you would like to do in your week, and what supports would you need to do this?

The NDIS planner may ask you what your goals or aspirations for your life are. This is a chance for you to say what you would like to do in your life, even if it is not possible for you to do it now.

When thinking about what you would like to do, think about how it would benefit you. Would you like to go to the gym to improve your health? Would learning a new skill help you progress towards employment or volunteering?  You can tell the NDIA planner why you think it is important for you to do something.

When thinking about new things you want to do think about how you would go about doing it. Would you need support to travel to a new activity? Would you need support whilst doing the activity? Would you need to buy new equipment? You can tell the NDIA about all the different supports you need to do something.

What evidence do you have to show how much the supports you need cost?

If you already have supports or equipment that you use in your life you can take scripts to the meeting to show how much they cost. This will help the NDIS planner to set an appropriate budget for you.

If you can get information about the things you would like to do and how much it would cost for you to do them, you can take this information to the planning meeting as well.