A document called a ‘plan’ is created when you join the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Your plan is all about you. It details the disability supports you will receive through the NDIS and how much funding the NDIS will give you to pay for the supports.
Read our blog post here if you would like to learn more about understanding your NDIS plan.
There are 3 different ways you can manage your NDIS plan.
1. Your NDIS plan is managed by someone from the NDIA
NDIS calls this: Agency-managed
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is the agency that runs the NDIS. Someone from the NDIA can manage your supports for you.
If your NDIS plan is managed by the NDIA you can only get supports from some disability service providers. They have to be registered with the NDIS.
The NDIA will pay your disability service providers directly.
2. Your NDIS plan is managed by a registered plan management provider
NDIS calls this: Plan-managed
You can use a registered plan management provider to help look after your NDIS plan. They can look after some, or all, of your supports. A plan management provider can help you organise and pay for your supports. They can pay invoices on your behalf and help with admin related to your NDIS plan.
They can also help you learn new skills so that you can have more control over your NDIS plan in the future.
If your NDIS plan is looked after by a plan management provider you can get disability supports from service providers who are both registered and not registered with the NDIS.
3. You manage your NDIS plan
NDIS calls this: Self-management
Managing your own NDIS plan means that you look after your own disability supports. You get more choice about the people and companies you can get disability supports from because you can use service providers who are both registered and not registered with the NDIS.
The NDIS will give you money to pay for the supports that are in your plan.
You can manage your NDIS plan yourself or choose someone to help you. This could be a family member or friend.
Fast fact: You don’t have to choose only one of these options to manage your NDIS plan. You can use a combination of the above options. For example, you might self-manage some parts of your NDIS plan while the NDIA looks after other parts.
The Tipping Foundation is a registered NDIS service provider. That means you can get disability supports from us no matter how your NDIS plan is managed. To find out more about how we can support you click here.