So you’ve got your NDIS Plan – great! Now it’s time to start making your plan work for you.
We’ve touched on how Leap in! can help you to get the most from your NDIS Plan in a previous article What to do once you get your NDIS Plan, but keep reading for a more in-depth guide.
Now, how do you get started with your new NDIS Plan? The first thing you should do is understand what your plan covers and what you can do with it.
How will your NDIS Plan will be managed?
At your plan meeting, you should have discussed how each category of your plan would be managed from the following options:
- Work with a plan manager (such as Leap in!)
- Agency managed through the NDIA.
Each category of your NDIS Plan shows whether it will be managed by you, a plan manager, or by the NDIA. If you’d like to know more about the options, check out our page explaining NDIS Plan Management.
When you are plan managed by Leap in!, we will arrange an onboarding call where one of our experienced plan managers will talk through your plan, explain what it all means and set you up to get the most out of your funding.
What are budget categories?
To help you get started, we’ve put together some information on budget categories and what they mean NDIS Plan budget categories explained.
Organise your supports.
If you already have supports that you want to keep using, that’s great, just be sure to keep track of what you’re receiving and how much you have spent (the Leap in! app is a great tool for managing your supports).
If you want to use new providers, the following resources can help you with ideas and connections:
- Your Support Coordinator (if there is one funded in your plan)
- Your Local Area Coordinator (LAC)
- The Leap in! Provider Network Directory
- The Leap in! Crew on 1300 05 78 78.
We recommend negotiating a service agreement with each provider so everyone knows what to expect (even if you have been using them before your new plan). Find out more about The importance of service agreements.
Once you start using your budget for supports, it’s important to keep records of everything you spend. This helps you to keep your budget on track and identify if you’re spending too much…or too little.
Remember, any unspent funding will not roll over to your next NDIS Plan, so make the most of what’s available now.
The Leap in! app has a helpful budget tracking tool to help manage your plan and what you’re spending. Visit our webpage to see How our Plan Management app works.
Leap in! can help.
We understand there’s a lot of information to take on board when organising and receiving your NDIS Plan. If you have any questions or would like help to start using your Plan, give us a call on 1300 05 78 78.