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What Is An NDIS Planning Meeting?

Planning Meeting and Employment Goals: What to Expect

Once approved as an NDIS Participant, the NDIA will notify you in writing. The next step is the NDIS meeting, typically scheduled within 2-4 weeks of receiving the notification.

Here we will tell you precisely what a planning meeting and employment goals for NDIS are and what you can expect at these meetings.

What Is An NDIS Planning Meeting?

NDIS Planning Meeting

During your NDIS Planning Meeting, you will have a discussion to determine the support you require and how the NDIS can meet your needs effectively. This is a crucial step in the NDIA process to develop your plan.

After your initial approval for NDIS support and funding, you will have an NDIS Planning Meeting. This meeting will involve you, a Local Area Coordinator (LAC), and any other support person you bring along. It will be a discussion aimed at planning your NDIS support.

The NDIA does not employ a Local Area Coordinator (LAC). Instead, they are an independent organization assigned to assist and represent you in formulating your plan. The LAC will ultimately present your information to the NDIA for formal approval of your project.

What kind of questions are expected in an NDIS planning meeting?

questions are expected in an NDIS planning meetin

Your NDIS plan aims to assist you in living an everyday life. Your NDIA Planner will ask you various questions to get to know you better, comprehend your lifestyle, and identify your requirements.

You’ll be asked questions like:

  • Your details, name, age, address and about your primary disability.
  • Your plan will acknowledge the informal, community, and mainstream supports you receive from family members, friends, and the local community. However, funding will not be provided for these types of support.
  • How do you handle your daily tasks, and what kind of assistance, resources, tools, housing, or aid you might require within your residence or when travelling?
  • Figure out what kind of assistance and services you need to overcome any challenges related to your disability and achieve your goals. They will ask about the tasks or activities you need help performing independently and safely. This includes daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, or occasional tasks.
  • When it comes to managing your plan and paying your bills, have you thought about Plan Management? HPA suggests this option as it allows more flexibility in using registered and unregistered providers and eliminates the need for paperwork and separate bank accounts.
  • Finally, you will be presented with a questionnaire about the ease or difficulty of specific activities and tasks. Your answers to these questions will decide the amount of funded support you will receive in your plan.

What to bring to an NDIS planning meeting?

Complete the booklet on the NDIS website before your meeting. It has helpful questions and information on managing your plan.

Things to bring to an NDIS planning meeting.

  • You must bring an ID card to refer to the Proof of Identity fact sheet available on the NDIS website to prove your identity. It contains information on different types of identification that are accepted.
  • Please provide your bank account information if you plan on managing some or all of your NDIS funding.
  • Please list any assistive technology you use, such as a wheelchair, modified cutlery, or a communication device.)
  • If you have any reports or information from your doctors, therapists, or service providers that would help the NDIS understand how your disability affects you and your situation, please share them with us.
  • Please provide your myGov login and password details to the NDIA Planner so they can demonstrate how to use the NDIS portal.
  • Any letters you’ve received from the NDIA.

Expressing your needs and goal setting in the NDIS meeting.

needs and goal setting in the NDIS meeting

Your NDIS plan is designed to offer the support you require to live a regular life. Therefore, your NDIA Planner will inquire about your current and anticipated needs to ascertain how much assistance you need for daily tasks.

There are generally three ways to classify NDIS goals:

  • Social goals, e.g. making friends or feeling more involved in your community;
  • Physical goals, e.g. acquiring new muscle strength or steps in rehabilitation; and,
  • Independence goals, e.g. handling your finances or catching transport.

Clearly expressing your expectations and desires is essential when communicating with your LAC. Providing 1-2 short-term goals and up to 5 medium or long-term goals is recommended.

Short-term goals should be achievable within 12 months, while medium to long-term goals may take longer. Keep in mind that short-term goals can lead to more considerable accomplishments in the future.

NDIS Employment Goals

As part of an individual’s plan under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), employment goals are crucial. The NDIS acknowledges the significance of aiding individuals with disabilities in attaining their employment objectives and enhancing their self-sufficiency. To understand NDIS employment goals, here’s what you should know:

Person-centred approach: The NDIS takes a person-centred approach, meaning that employment goals are tailored to the unique needs, abilities, and preferences of each individual. The goals are developed in consultation with the participant, considering their interests, skills, and desired career paths.

Supported Employment: The NDIS acknowledges that some people need continuous assistance to obtain and keep a job. Supported employment is a type of work created especially for people with disabilities.

It offers a supportive atmosphere and personalized accommodations to help them succeed. The NDIS can provide funding for job coaches, adjustments to the workplace, and assistive technology to help people participate in supported employment.

Mainstream employment: The NDIS supports individuals who want to work in regular jobs alongside people without disabilities. This support can include funding for job search assistance, improving resumes, training for interview skills, and workplace modifications to promote inclusion.

Vocational training and skill development: The NDIS understands the significance of gaining relevant skills and qualifications to improve job opportunities. It provides financial support for vocational training courses and skill development programs and helps access educational opportunities. This assistance empowers individuals with the required knowledge and skills to pursue their desired careers.

Self-employment and entrepreneurship: The NDIS recognizes that some people may dream of starting a business or being self-employed. The NDIS can provide funding for the necessary support to help individuals achieve their self-employment goals. This support may include assistance with business planning, financial help, mentoring, and guidance on entrepreneurship.

Review and adjustment: NDIS plans undergo annual checks to reassess employment goals and adjust support according to progress, evolving aspirations, or changing circumstances. Inspections ensure that support aligns with current needs and goals.

Please be aware that the NDIS can provide funding and support to help with employment goals but does not guarantee job placement. The primary goal is to offer necessary services and assistance to improve the participant’s ability to obtain and sustain employment.

We stated all the essential information needed to understand the NDIS meeting and employment goals and what a first-time participant can expect from them. It is recommended to refer to the official NDIS website or contact the NDIS directly for specific information regarding the planning process employment details in your area.

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