Yes, you can change your NDIS service provider from one to another.
To get started, you must contact the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) and submit a new application for your NDIS plan. The NDIA will then review your application, and if approved, they will contact your current service provider.
You can involve your family members in the NDIS planning process!
The NDIS is a person-centered plan, so it’s essential to involve those closest to you in your planning. If you have immediate family members, they can be a great support system and ensure they are also involved in the process.
It is vital to have pre-planning before meeting with NDIS providers because it can save you time and money.
If you don’t have a plan of action beforehand, when you meet with your provider, they’ll be forced to spend time figuring out what you need rather than helping you get it.
With a plan in place, your provider can swiftly review your condition and propose remedies to any issues.
There are three ways to administer NDIS funds: Self-Managed, Plan-Managed, and NDIS-Managed.
- Self-managed funds are when you manage your NDIS plan yourself. You must purchase the services and support needed for your individual goals. You will also need to track how much money you have left in your account to avoid overspending services.
- Plan-managed funds are when someone else manages your NDIS plan for you. They could be anyone, but it must be someone who understands what type of services and support are needed for your goals and can buy them for you without going over budget.
- NDIS-managed funds are when an organisation manages your NDIS plan for you – usually an organisation such as a Disability Service Provider or Community Services Organisation (CSO). They will track how much money is left in your account to ensure no overspending on any service or support purchases.
No! You will not need to pay anything on top of your financing.
The NDIS funds a wide variety of supports, including:
- Personal Care: This is the type of support you might receive from a carer or family member. It includes things like helping you to bathe and get dressed, making sure you take your medication and eat properly, assisting you with communication like writing letters or talking on the phone, and helping you to make decisions about things like where you want to live, etc.
- Community Participation: This is the type of support that helps you get out in the community and enjoy activities with other people—like going to the movies or shopping at a mall, joining clubs or sports teams, participating in educational classes or seminars on topics like cooking healthy meals or managing your finances better so that they don’t go into debt when they’re older!
- Accessibility: This support helps make things easier for people who use wheelchairs or scooters by modifying them to fit into public spaces such as restaurants without needing special accommodations (such as ramps).
If you have not been approved for funding through the NDIS but still wish to use the services, you have the option to pay privately for immediate support.