New Navigating the NDIS eMagazine.
We’re proud to present our first NDIS e-Magazine, produced in collaboration with our friends at Source Kids.
We know that at times the NDIS can be challenging to understand, particularly when you’re new to it. That’s why we partnered with Source Kids on this e-Magazine, the first of its kind in Australia.
You’ll find stacks of useful information to help you start navigating your way with the NDIS. All content is backed by our Leap in! crew experienced in the early childhood approach (formerly ECEI), NDIS transition and NDIS planning and budgeting, many with lived experience themselves.
The Leap in! team has created a number of helpful resources that you, your family, and carers can use to understand the NDIS, manage your NDIS Plan, and achieve your goals.
Each of these resources can be downloaded below.
Quick start guides.
The Leap in! NDIS app helps you manage your budgets & plan for NDIS meetings. These guides are designed to get you set up quickly and help you understand the great features available in the app.
L! app – Creating your profile (PDF 2 MB)
L! app – My budgets (PDF 849 KB)
L! app – Provider near you (PDF 1 MB)
Budget Health Check (PDF 203 KB)
Other useful resources.
Leap in! has compiled a selection of resources to help you navigate the NDIS and get the most from your NDIS Plan.
NDIS Plan Meeting Checklist (PDF 1 MB)
Emergency plan template
Emergency plan template (PDF 137 KB)
Emergency card template (PDF 31 KB)
NDIS request letter
Request for plan management (PDF 119 KB)
Sign up for plan management forms.
You can use these forms to sign up for plan management.
It’s easy – simply print out the relevant form, fill it out, scan it or take a photo, and email it to us.
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is an independent statutory agency whose role is to implement the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
The NDIS funds reasonable and necessary support and equipment that a person with disability needs. The funding supports you to pursue your goals and aspirations; increase your independence; increase your social and economic participation and to develop your capacity to take part in the community.
NDIS funding doesn’t cover general everyday living expenses that people without disability would be required to pay, such as train travel, rent, groceries, mobile phone or movie tickets.
Funding under the NDIS is individualised, based on goals and outcomes. Your plan is developed following a planning meeting and can be reviewed as your goals change.
Assistance from the NDIS is not means tested and has no impact on income support such as the Disability Support Pension and Carers Allowance.
In order to be considered reasonable and necessary, a support must,
- be related to your disability
- represent value for money
- be likely to be effective and beneficial
- take into account any informal supports given to you by your family, friends, support crew (including support workers, support networks and the community)
They can’t include any day-to-day living costs that aren’t related to your disability support needs.
What types of supports are funded?
Your NDIS plan will be individual and specific to you and your life.
The types of supports that the NDIS may fund include:
- daily personal activities
- transport to enable participation in community, social, economic and daily life activities
- workplace help to allow you to successfully get or keep employment in the open or supported labour market
- therapeutic supports including behaviour support
- help with household tasks to allow you to maintain your home environment
- help by skilled personnel in aids or equipment assessment, set up and training
- home modification design and construction
- mobility equipment
- vehicle modifications.
The NDIS is rolling out progressively throughout Australia and is expected to be fully rolled out by 2020.
Find out when the NDIS will be available in your region by selecting your state or territory below:
- Australian Capital Territory
- New South Wales
- Northern Territory
- South Australia
- Western Australia
Planning meetings can either be conducted by a NDIA Planner or through a Local Area Coordinator (LAC). A LAC can be a NDIS staff member or they can be a team member of a not-for-profit organisation who is acting on behalf of the NDIA.
What will my meeting be like?
You can request a face-to-face meeting planning meeting when the NDIS planner calls you.
When someone from the NDIS calls you, ask them what the purpose of the phone call is: ask whether it’s to check your eligibility or whether it’s for your NDIA Planning meeting.
See our Plan Meeting Checklist here for more information on what you can request.
Yes. You can ask a family member, close friend, your partner or a person who supports you (someone you know and can trust)
It’s not necessary to include the cost of the item in your plan.
However, you can familiarise yourself with the NDIS Price Guide here.
We recommend to think about two short term and one long term goal to be included in your first plan (although there is no limit to the number of goals you can have).
It may be that one of your short term goals is to retain your current level of supports.
A good place to start is to think about what you’d like to achieve in the next year or two. This can be something simple e.g. ‘learning to cook for myself’ or to make new friends’. Longer term goals could be ‘finding a job that’s right for me’ or learn to live more independently’.
So often we hear from our members and crew, ‘that you don’t know what you don’t know’. If you need some inspiration, visit the Goal Tracker section of the Leap in! planning app for a range of goals that are tailored to your individual profile.
You can request a review of your plan with the NDIA (this must be made within three months of receiving your plan).
You can make the request by
- Calling the NDIA on 1800 800 110
- Writing to the CEO of the NDIA at GPO Box 700, Canberra ACT 2601
- Emailing to a request to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Visiting an NDIS office or
- Completing the application for review of a decision form on the NDIS myplace participant portal.
Your review will be conducted by an NDIA staff member who was not involved in the original decision making. They will reconsider the facts, law and policy aspects of the original plan and determine if was accurate. They are also able to consider any new information available.
Any unspent funds are returned to the NDIA.
If you are over 65 at the time your area rolls out the NDIS, you will transition into the aged care system.
If you are currently receiving funding under the NDIS and you turn 65, you can either choose to remain with the NDIS or you can transition to the aged care system.
I have a new NDIS Plan. Do I need to sign a new service agreement with Leap in!?
When you join Leap in! you agree to our Terms and Conditions (service agreement) and accept that it will remain in place until one or both parties notify each other of their intention to terminate the agreement.
This means Leap in! will continue to act as your Plan Manager across one or more plans until we are asked by you to stop.
When/if your next NDIS Plan is ready, we automatically place a new service booking on it and continue to provide your plan management service without interruption – you don’t need to sign or accept a new agreement each time.
If you do not wish us to continue to support you on future Plans, please write to us at email@example.com or phone us on 1300 05 7878 before your new plan commences.