Getting ready to meet with your NDIS planner
To apply for NDIS funding, you’ll be asked to attend a planning meeting with an NDIS planner to assess your goals and needs.
Some forward thinking and being prepared will play a big part in making sure you get the most out of the NDIS.
Write down what you do each day
We recommend writing everything down to ensure you’re covering everything when the time comes to meet with your planner.
Write down information about your disability, including anything that affects your health, safety and wellbeing. This includes information about medication and the daily activities you may need support for.
What support do you need to do everyday activities?
It can be helpful to break down the day into segments: mornings, afternoons, evenings and overnight. And then list what you do in these parts of the day, and what help you currently get, no matter how small it may seem. Think about and write down who the people in your life who help you are. This can be family, friends and community services as well as health and education services.
We strongly encourage you to keep a diary in a notepad or on your phone for a week or two that describes everything you do. Formal or informal, even if you don’t think it matters or is easy to achieve. Write it down. This will help you explain to your NDIS planner everything that you have now. It’s a great base to work from.
You might also want to write down the activities that you do on a less regular basis but are still important. For example, you may have a meeting every three months with your doctor but it isn’t recorded at the time when you keep your diary. You’ll want to note this down so that you can have the supports you need to attend these types of meetings or appointments.
It may also help to think about a person who doesn’t have a disability and compare yourself (or the person with disability that you care for) with that person. What things do you or they do differently? What extra assistance and supports are needed to be able to function and get on with daily activities. It may sound obvious but the things you do differently compared to the family that doesn’t have disability are the sorts of things you can ask for in your NDIS planning.
Think about your life in the future
You should also think about (and write down) how you would like your life to be in a few years. How can the NDIS help you? It might be good to talk about this with your family, friends or supports.
Consider what is going to help you to increase your independence, to pursue your goals and aspirations and take part in community activities or employment.
And don’t forget how you get there!
One thing to remember is not just what you do, but things like how you get there. We often hear that people forget to mention that they catch a taxi to get to a particular activity that is important to them. So while you might remember the goal is to do the activity, you also need to specify how you usually get there.
To find out more about the NDIS planning process, check out the NDIS planning workbook.
If you would like some help navigating the NDIS, please do not hesitate to contact us here at The Tipping Foundation.