The NDIS Process
When a person with disability has registered with the NDIS and has been deemed eligible to enter the scheme by the NDIA, the pre-planning phase begins. This is where the person with disability may require support to understand the impact their disability has on their everyday activities.
The NDIA will contact the participant (or their nominee) to begin the planning conversation. On most occasions, it is important for carers to attend these meetings as they have a good understanding of the person’s disability and their everyday functioning and support needs.
Depending on the person's state, territory, and region in which they reside, they may be asked to meet with a NDIA Planner, Local Area Coordinator, Early Childhood partner or Support Coordinator for their planning meeting. These meetings can occur either over the phone or face-to-face. If you prefer to meet face-to-face, be clear and advocate for this when the planning meeting is being scheduled.
During the planning meeting, the NDIA will request evidence to show that a person’s disability is permanent and significant. They will seek to understand the impact of that person’s disability on their daily lives. You can prepare for the meeting with pre-planning activities that are listed on the Carer Checklist. Please also read through the section on Support for families and Carers in the NDIS for additional information relevant to your particular caring situation.
The NDIS focuses on participants’ goals and individual support needs to make sure each participant has a uniquely tailored plan to suit their life.
Emotional and Practical Considerations for Succession Planning and the NDIS
Planning for a time when you are no longer able to be the primary carer for the person you care for, is likely to be an emotional and stressful experience for both you and the person you care for.
Carers Australia, in consultation with carers, has developed a fact sheet with important information and suggested pathways of support for carers and the person being cared for to consider, when creating a succession plan.