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NDIS Plans & Costs

Starting your NDIS plan and supports

Once the NDIS has been rolled out in your area, and you have been approved for NDIS, you can begin to look for a provider for your services, known as ‘supports’.

Under the NDIS, you have control over your plan, and the supports you are receiving. This includes what supports you want to receive, when you receive them, where you receive them, and the provider that you want.

Creating Your Plan

During your planning session with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), you will discuss your goals and decide which supports you want to include in your plan. These might include:

  • Supports from family, friends, mainstream services, and community groups
    These supports are either free or funded by sources other than NDIS, such as Medicare
  • NDIS supports
    These are the supports that NDIA have found to be ‘reasonable and necessary’ to help you live an ordinary life. You will be provided a budget for a support category, which links to a specific area of your life

Support Categories

Each support category contains a number of services that you can choose from to help achieve your goals. You can use your budget for any of the services within that support category, but you are unable to use this budget for services within another support category.

In some cases, you may be approved for a specific support (rather than a category). In this case, you will need to use your budget for this specific service only.

The support categories are:

Core supports

Capital supports

Capacity building supports

Cost of Supports

The NDIA publishes a price list, which sets out the cost of each support. This is the cost of services, no matter which provider you choose. The price list is valid from 1 July 2017 and lasts for 12 months.

In some cases, the cost of a support may not be fixed, and your chosen provider will provide you with a quote that the NDIA will approve.

Finding a Provider

Once you have received your budget, it’s time to find a provider. You can choose to have all of your supports delivered by one provider, or by many.

With an extensive range of NDIS services, Ozcare is able to be a single point of contact to help you organise all of your funded supports, whether we provide the services ourselves or link you with another provider.

We have been providing disability services for more than 20 years, and have a team of skilled carers, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and other allied health professionals.

With branches all over Queensland, including eight day respite centres, we offer you personalised, professional support that can be changed as your needs change.

Find out more about the NDIS services Ozcare provides.

Managing Your Budget

There are four ways that you can manage your NDIS plan budget.

  1. Agency
    You can choose to have your plan managed by the NDIA, who will pay your providers directly
  2. Plan management provider
    You can choose to have your plan managed by a support provider, such as Ozcare, who will be paid by the NDIA directly
  3. Self-managed budgets
    You have the choice to manage your own budget, where you pay a provider directly for services and have the cost of the service reimbursed to your bank account. If you are interested in this option see the NDIS’s information on self-managing your plan
  4. Transport payments
    If you have a transport budget, it is possible to set up automated payments from the NDIA into your nominated bank account

Managing Your Plan and Supports

Your provider will send you with a monthly statement of your services, so you can keep track of what you have been receiving. You can also check the record of your supports on the myplace participant portal.

If your needs change, your provider will discuss other services that might suit you better within your existing budgets, or help you to request a plan review by the NDIA to change the budgets you have been approved for.

Resources – NDIS Website

More Information

How to Access Services

If you live in any of the areas where registration is open, or the NDIS has officially launched, call us now on 1800 Ozcare (1800 692 273).

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