The NDIS is moving full steam ahead and will be rolled out across all of WA starting July 1st. If you are currently receiving supports from the WA NDIS or other government funding then you will be transitioned to the NDIS. Under this scheme, all eligible Australians with disability will have access to high quality supports and services.
Not to worry – your current supports will not be interrupted during this process. We’ve provided some quick pointers to help you make the switch.
Navigating the NDIS
To start the transition process you will be contacted by an NDIA representative to discuss your supports and make an NDIS plan. You do not have to take any action before this point.
Once you’ve been contacted, it’s a good idea to prepare for your first meeting. Here’s how to get started:
Think about your current situation
Consider the areas in your life that you need paid or unpaid support to complete daily tasks or participate in community life.
Develop clear goals
Aim to set one long term goal and two or three short term goals. Here are some helpful tips on setting SMART goals.
Align goals with the NDIS
Your goals should clearly state what you want to get out of your plan and should use the language of the NDIS. For examples, link your goals to funded outcomes like Keeping a Job (3.10) or Improved Daily Living Skills (3.15).
You will need documentation to back up your requested supports. If you’re after a specific support or number of support hours, you need to be prepared to justify the claim. To do this you should outline what the activity is and how it connects to your goals.
Evidence can include:
- A copy of your latest supports plan and review
- Any reports or support invoices
- Daily/weekly roster outlining everyday tasks and supports needed
- Photographic evidence
Preparation is crucial
In order to get a support plan that suits your needs, you need to be organised ahead of your NDIS meeting. It helps to have an understanding of the criteria for supports, and provide evidence to back up your requests. This helps the NDIA streamline your transition so you can starting benefiting straight away.