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22 January 2021

Useful NDIS terms.

Here at Leap in! Crew we know it can take some time to understand how the NDIS works. As you start to learn more about the scheme you will probably come across some words and acronyms that you aren’t familiar with.

Today we will look at common NDIS terms that you are likely to come across during different steps in your NDIS plan cycle.

1. Access criteria.

A potential NDIS participant will need to meet certain requirements set out by the NDIA in order to be considered for the NDIS. These requirements include: age, residence, disability and early intervention.

2. Advocate.

An advocate may act or speak upon your behalf if you give them permission to. This can be a person or an organisation. They offer independent support to those who feel they are not being heard or may not be able to articulate their wishes.

3. Agency managed (also called NDIA managed).

The NDIA pays support providers on your behalf and manages your paperwork. You can only use NDIS registered providers for supports and services with your NDIS funds.

4. Assistive technology (AT).

Assistive technology is any device or system that allows you to do something that you wouldn’t be able to do without it (or can be used to increase the ease or safety of things that you do).

5. Capacity Building supports.

Capacity building funding is set aside for activities that will support you in learning new skills. These skills may include achieving some of your goals like living independently, finding a job, or getting help with your NDIS plan management.

6. Capital supports.

Capital supports provide funding for equipment, home or vehicle modifications, which are split into two categories. The NDIS is very specific in what this funding can be used for and it must be used as it is allocated.

7. Core supports.

NDIS Core supports are activities that help you in your everyday life. This area of your NDIS Plan has four budget categories which can be flexible to accommodate your individual needs.

8. Developmental delay.

When a child develops at a slower rate than other children of the same age and doesn’t reach milestones at the expected times.

9. Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI).

The ECEI approach is for children aged 0-6 years who have an early childhood disability or developmental delay and are not receiving disability supports already.

10. Modifications.

Changes made to an environment, product or equipment that makes it easier to use or access.

11. Participant.

Someone who has been approved to receive supports through the NDIS.

12. Goal.

When it comes to creating your NDIS Plan, a goal describes what you want to learn, develop or achieve. There is a link between what’s important to you, your goals and the supports you need in achieving goals. To find out more, read What is a goal?

13. Informal supports.

Informal support refers to unpaid support given by family members or friends.

14. Local area coordinator (LAC).

An LAC is a person who holds plan meetings on behalf of the NDIA. This person helps you develop, implement and monitor your NDIS Plan. They also link you to relevant supports and information in the community.

15. NDIA.

National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is the independent government agency that looks after the funding and coordination of the NDIS.

16. Plan management.

You receive funding in your plan to pay for a plan manager – like Leap in! – to help you to find supports and to take care of things like payments, budgeting and reporting. This option gives you access to a wider range of providers – whether they are registered or not.

17. Reasonable and necessary.

The NDIS funds “reasonable and necessary supports” relating to your disability to help you live an ordinary life and achieve your goals. Simply put, reasonable is something that is fair and necessary is something you need because of your disability. To find out more, read What is reasonable and necessary?

18. Self manage.

You receive your funding and pay your providers directly. You’ll need to use a computer or fill in forms to get the money paid back to your bank account for your supports.

For more information on the options for managing your NDIS Plan, check out our article, What is plan management?

19. Service agreement.

Service agreements are an important aspect of implementing your NDIS Plan because they set out how and when you receive supports from a service provider. They are a simple written document that explains your responsibilities and the responsibilities of a service provider. For more information, read The importance of service agreements.

20. Support coordinator.

A support coordinator is a person who connects NDIS participants to organisations that provide supports and services including community, mainstream and government services. Their job is to help you get access to the right supports and find the right mix of activities to achieve the goals set in your NDIS Plan. To find out more, read What is support coordination?

Unlocking your NDIS Plan.

The Leap in! Crew wants to make sure you unlock all the benefits in your NDIS Plan. We can help you prepare for your first NDIS Plan meeting or Plan Review.

Call us on 1300 05 78 78 to have your questions answered, book your free NDIS pre-planning session or sign up to Leap in! plan management today.

Further Reading

NDIS glossary: Common NDIS terms you should know.

NDIS terms: What do they mean? Part 2.

What is the NDIS?