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The Complete Guide to Different Types of Plan Management within the NDIS

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The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a disability insurance scheme designed to provide a sustainable and reliable income for people with disabilities.

The NDIS was introduced in 2013 and was funded by the Australian Government. The NDIS provides people with disabilities a lifelong, individualised funding package, which will be adjusted as their needs change over time.

How do you know if NDIS is right for your loved one?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a scheme that provides support to people with a disability. It is designed to provide people with the most support they need, where and when they need it. It’s important to know if you or your loved one are eligible for this scheme so that you can get the help you need.

To determine if NDIS is right for your loved one, there are a few questions that you can ask yourself:

  • Does your loved one have a disability?
  • Do they require ongoing care and support?
  • Do they have an NDIS plan in place? If so, does their plan cover all of their needs?

Types of NDIS plan management

NDIS plans are schedules for the activities and therapies a person with a disability may need to maintain their NDIS plan. There are various types of NDIS plan management, including:

  • Able to work around disabilities through adjustments in work hours or work location
  • Adjustments in work methods, tools, or procedures
  • Job restructurings such as job sharing or telecommuting
  • Modifications of tasks or duties that can be done with reasonable accommodation

Self-management NDIS

Self-management is an option for those who want complete control over their NDIS plan. This may be your preferred option if you are comfortable organising your services, handling money, and completing complex paperwork. However, you are directly accountable for the financing in your plan when you self-manage. You must manage receipts, invoices, and service bookings yourself.

Plan managed NDIS

It is a good choice if you want to have the best of both worlds. With this option, you’ll get support from an NDIS provider who will arrange your NDIS plan and manage your funding. NDIS Plan Manager role is to plan, coordinate and manage a person’s support under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). They are responsible for assessing a person’s needs and tailoring their support package accordingly.

NDIA-management or agency managed NDIS plan

The NDIA manages your funds, which means the NDIA will pay your providers on your behalf.

The NDIS is a scheme that provides funding for people with disability to purchase necessary support. It is managed by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) which provides information, advice and support to people with disability, their families and carers.

The NDIA management plan is managed by an agency that manages the plan on behalf of the individual or organisation. The agency can be the person’s employer or an organisation such as a community-based service provider.

How should you manage your NDIS funding?

It’s a personal decision to manage your NDIS funding, but if you can get your hands on a Plan Managed NDIS financing option, then you’ll have the best of both worlds. Plan Managed NDIS allows you to purchase support in accordance with your needs and manage your money. You’ll need to work out the right balance between what you can afford, what you want, and what is available to buy.

But still, you need to evaluate your current situation before choosing a way to handle money from the NDIS. Different approaches might suit you best, or what you prefer at the moment may change over time.

The NDIS funding may only be available for an amount of time and you might need to change your plan. If you are in this situation, then it will be important to have a change of plan strategy in place. With all that said, planning ahead is always a good idea, so talk with your carer and assess your needs, goals and preferences before the NDIS funding becomes available.


Alicia Saxon did her degree in psychology at the University of Hertfordshire. She is interested in mental health, wellness, and lifestyle.

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