NDIS, or the National Disability Insurance Scheme, provides a range of personalised services and support to help people with disabilities, as well as their families, connect with their community and live an independent life.

To help prepare you, we’ve put together a brief checklist and outline of what needs to be done to make the process as seamless as possible before meeting with the NDIS Planner.

1.) Firstly, the NDIS recommends making a list of any support you may have had before applying for the package. Make notes of how well these may have worked, or if there were any problems you encountered. Preparation may take a little more time, but it will help you feel more in control and help alleviate extra stress before you meet with the planner.

2.) Think about the support you’ll need in future. Identify and jot these down in your notebook. Being prepared before you walk into the planning meeting goes a long way in letting the support coordinator know the specifics of what you and your loved one require. Once again, having these on-hand rather than trying to remember them, is an excellent way to ensure that nothing is overlooked.

3.) After the meeting, the planner will review what’s needed and personalise your NDIS package. It’s a relatively short wait until you receive it, but this may vary according to geographic location.If you have questions during this period, don’t hesitate to contact the NDIA on 1800 800 110 or Afea Care Services on 1300 65 11 33. The NDIA and Afea are here to help you with any queries you may have.

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