The NDIA is making NDIS plans longer to simplify the planning process and improve the experience of participants.
How do longer plans benefit participants?
Longer plans will give you the time, flexibility, stability and certainty you need to set meaningful, long-term goals that give you greater choice and control over how you live.
That’s why NDIS are taking steps to make 24-month plans or longer the norm. You can choose to have a plan of up to 36 months if your support needs are stable.
How often will NDIS check in with participants?
Longer plans mean that not all participants will have to undergo a full plan review process every 12 months.
Instead, NDIS will continue to embed the participant check-in approach started during COVID-19, which puts you in regular contact with your NDIA planner, PITCs or support coordinator to discuss if your supports are working for you.
What if I want a plan review before my longer plan ends?
If you have a change of circumstances and your plan is no longer meeting your disability support needs, you can request a plan review at any time or during your regular check-in.
The participant check-in process also helps NDIS to identify if they need to initiate a review, if your supports aren’t meeting your needs and can’t be used flexibly.
What if I want a shorter plan?
As NDIS moves toward longer plans, plan durations will always be determined by talking to you about your situation, needs and upcoming life events.
This means that in some cases, NDIS will still make plans 12-months or shorter – for example, if a participant is under 7 years of age and there is likely to be a significant change in their circumstances or support.
What does this mean for providers?
With longer plans in place, providers will have certainty and stability in delivering the supports and services participants need.
Not only will you be able to see any remaining budgets in every category of your plan, but you’ll be updated on the status of every invoice every step of the way. The push notifications let you know that there are new invoices, which you can then review and approve before they’re sent to the NDIS. Once we send them through, you’re able to view their status at the touch of their button.
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