Getting ready for the NDIS
The NDIS is the new way to get support for people with disability.
We recognise changing to a new way of doing things can be confusing and difficult to navigate. As a registered NDIS disability service we have plenty of experience in preparing people for the NDIS.
On this page you’ll find everything you need to prepare you for the NDIS. This includes FAQs and resources designed to help answer questions you may have about the NDIS. How it will affect you and the types of help available to you throughout the process of moving to the NDIS.
How to prepare?
Here are my four tips to get ready for the NDIS.
My first tip is to think big.
Think about what you want to achieve in life and how you want to live in your future, then write it down.
My second tip is to think about your life now.
What’s working, what’s not working, and what would you like to change.
My third tip is to be clear about your goals.
It’s important to know what your goals are so you can tell your planner in your meeting.
My fourth tip is get your paperwork ready.
Before your first meeting, you need to have your medical documents, your education documents and your health documents.
Good luck and remember, there’s people willing to help.
Who can help me?
You don’t have to go through the NDIS alone.
You can get your mum, your dad, a guardian, family member or service provider.
You can have lots of people in your meeting, or just a few.
Think about who you want to help you and make sure you tell that person.
The people you choose to help you, can help you write a list for your meeting, they can come to the meeting with you and can talk on your behalf if you’d like them to.
What happens in a planning meeting?
The NDIS will invite you to a meeting.
The meeting can happen in an office, on the phone or in your home, it’s up to you.
The NDIS person will be friendly and happy to meet you.
Use this meeting to tell the NDIS what you want in your life.
Tell them what you like to do, what you don’t like to do and tell them who your friends and supports are.
The planner will ask a lot of questions, but this is normal.
Essential Pre-planning Resources
Mapping My World
Many people tell us that preparing for planning meetings with the NDIS can be a daunting prospect with uncertainty about what needs to be included and how to start. We have created a pre-planning booklet, Mapping My World, to help you to think about the supports you want and need – now and in the future – before meeting with your NDIA planner.
You can save this document on your computer and complete it electronically, or your can print off a copy and complete it by hand. If you need help completing the booklet, or have questions, please contact your local Endeavour Foundation office, call us on 1800 112 112 or email us here.
A comprehensive guide to the NDIS to help you understand the various components of the NDIS and how to access them. It also includes additional legal information on whole-of-life planning for people with disability.
Discover Guide – Easy Read Version
An Easy Read Guide to the NDIS presented in an accessible, easy to understand format designed for people who have intellectual or learning disabilities.
A handy guide to the NDIS with answers to common questions and a glossary of NDIS language with explanations. A really useful tool to familiarise yourself before your planning meeting.