Get NDIS with Confidence in 7 simple steps.

Follow these easy steps to take control of your NDIS experience.

Step 1: Prepare yourself

Find out how the NDIS works and what is expected of you.

  • Check your eligibility first and apply directly on the NDIS website.
  • Complete our NDIS preparation checklist to help you think about your life goals in preparation for your first planning meeting.
  • To arrange a planning meeting, get in touch with your local area coordinator (LAC) (in person if possible).

Step 2: Meeting with your NDIS planning team

Prepare for your planning meeting to ensure that the NDIS plan you get meets your goals and needs.

  • Make sure to bring your checklist and supporting documents.
  • Ask a friend or family member to accompany you. Having someone else, there may help you remember something that you forgot or missed.
  • Make notes to reflect on the conversation from your meeting.
  • Clearly state your needs and goals, so your LAC knows what you want in your plan.

Step 3: Know your plan.

When you receive your draft NDIS plan, you'll need to check the details and ensure the funds have been allocated correctly.

  • Request for a review if it doesn’t meet your goals.
  • Inform your service providers after receiving your plan.

Step 4: Manage your NDIS funds

Throughout the period of your plan, it is your responsibility to monitor your spending and ensure that service providers are paid on time.

  • With your plan manager, set up a service agreement that outlines the services you'll get and how they'll be provided.

Step 5: Arrange your supports

Choosing service providers match your needs, and the people you communicate with will motivate you to achieve your goals.

  • If your plan includes support coordination, it’s time to pick your support coordinator.
  • With your service provider, set up a service agreement and confirm their costs and the support they’ll be providing.

Step 6: Monitor your plan

Planning and arranging your support are now completed, it's time to receive your support and begin using all the advantages they bring to your life.

  • Make sure to keep correct invoices and records of the support you received.
  • Keep track of your budget and spending to avoid underspending or overspending.

Step 7: Annual plan review

Your yearly plan review is an opportunity to determine whether your supports are still appropriate for you because needs and goals change over time.
We advise you to:

  • Get ready beforehand. List the things you want to improve.
  • Clearly state your desired changes so that your LAC knows your intended outcomes for your new plan.

NDIS Plan: Getting what you want

Information for people with disability, NDIS providers and disability workers.

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Who can Access the NDIS?

The NDIS is available to Australian citizens, permanent residents and special category visa holders who reside in Australia, are aged between seven to 65 and have a disability caused by a chronic condition. You qualify for the NDIS if you require assistance or support to complete daily chores requiring specialist tools or other people's disability-specific assistance.

To request funding for "fair" and "essential" help and services, participants instead develop NDIS plans based on their own needs and circumstances. There is no set sum of the amount you will receive from the program, according to the NDIS website. NDIA members will then review and give their approval.

Am I eligible?