The best way to prepare for NDIS is to learn all you can about how it will impact on your life and the life of the person you care for. ACES is working to give you the information you will need and to assist you to be ready for the NDIS meeting.
In order to get the supports you want – or maybe even more than you are getting – you will need to have evidence to show this support meets the “reasonable and necessary” definition. That means you will have to show how your request helps the person you care for and how it helps them to reach their goals, objectives and aspirations, and to undertake activities that enable their social and economic participation.
To help you put all this information together, ACES has developed a tool called ‘My NDIS Workbook’. The workbook is a comprehensive guide, which when completed, will illustrate to you what services you are now receiving from either your service provider or from other non paid sources like friends, neighbours and family and what your needs are now and what you will want in the future. We have specially trained staff to assist you to work your way through the workbook. Contact ACES on 6581 2348 to talk to an NDIS Steward who will help understand what NDIS will mean for you.
It is recommended you start to collect the paperwork that demonstrates how important the supports are. When speaking with professional health providers, you can ask them specific questions relating to the capacity of the person you support. For example, you could ask for a formal diagnosis or for any assessments they may have made or can make. You could also ask them how do I get a diagnosis? What other minor conditions does the person have? What ongoing assistance does the person need?
Some helpful ideas from carers in the trial sites include:
- Research the NDIS and become familiar with key terms, definitions and price guides that they use – and use these to convey the needs of the person you care for.
- Keep an “evidence diary” and enter into it any time you spend supporting the person you care for, any money spent, any respite you require, costs for equipment and maintenance of that equipment, phone calls, doctors’ visits, behaviours of concern, any nights spent unable to sleep etc. This can be used as evidence of need when developing a plan for the NDIS.
- Gather any information that helps you demonstrate how the support you are requesting fits into the NDIS “world”.
To read more about what is defined as “reasonable and necessary”– visit
Where can I find out what the current NDIS funding rates are? The NDIS website provides a cost and pricing guide http://www.ndis.gov.au/providers/pricing-and-payment