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When you go in to your NDIS planning meeting the planner is going to ask how you would like to manage your plan. There are a few different responses you can give. Do you self-manage, get the NDIS to manage it for you or look in to one of the other options? If you’re confused about which one might be right for you– you’re not alone! We will walk you through your options to help you pick the one that best suits you.
Self-management offers the most choice, control and flexibility, but can also be quite time consuming and brings a level of responsibility. This option suits organised people who like to take a ‘hands on’ approach. Many have likened it to running their own small business.
It’s important to note that whilst it’s calledself-management, you can use a plan nominee, who is generally a parent or carer.
If this sounds like you, the NDIS have some really great resources on self-management.
This option suits people who don’t want to spend time dealing with finances and are happy to use registered NDIS providers.
74% of people who have received their plans chose NDIS, or ‘Agency’ management. This option, while being easier than self-management, limits you to using service providers who are registered with the NDIS.
If you’re unsure, you may be able to choose a mix of self-management and NDIS management. This means that you can choose who manages what when it comes to your NDIS finances.
This option suits people who are happy for the NDIS to manage parts of their budget, but want control over certain services. This is especially handy when you want to enlist a support service that is not registered with the NDIS.
If you like the sound of self-management, but aren’t confident in your abilities, you can enlist the help of a professional. Plan Managers are like an accountant for the NDIS. They take care of the financial complexities and make sure everything is being done correctly.
Note: A Plan Manager and a Support Coordinator often get confused but are two very different roles.You can read about Support Coordination here.
A pre-planning booklet to help you to think about the supports you want and need – now and in the future – before meeting with your NDIA planner.
A practical, comprehensive guide to the NDIS, to help people understand the various components of the NDIS and how to access them.
A handy guide of NDIS FAQs and a glossary so you can familiarise yourself with NDIS language before your planning meeting.