Getting ready

Initial checklist

Step 1 – check eligibility

  • Learn whether you might be able to access the NDIS. Complete the access checklist on the NDIS website.

Step 2 – check when the NDIS is coming to your area

Step 3 – evaluate your services and supports requirements

  • Think about your life now, your current formal and informal supports, and what is working and what might need to change. Visit the NDIS website to learn about the types of services and supports the NDIS can provide.
  • Identify your strengths, interests, challenges and consider your goals or what you might want to achieve. Write these things down and collect any reports, assessments or information you might find helpful for when the NDIS comes to you.

Find out more by visiting the NDIS ready page of the NDIS website.

Planning

When it is time for transition an NDIA representative will contact people who receive support from the Victorian Government or are waiting for supports on the Disability Support Register (DSR) and Early Childhood Intervention Services (ECIS).

When a NDIA representative first contacts people with a disability, this initial conversation can form part of the planning process.

The development of a first plan can be done over the phone or participants can request a face to face meeting.

During the initial planning discussion, an NDIS planner or a Local Area Coordinator (LAC) will gather information by asking the participant a set of questions about their capacity to perform tasks, details of their social network and what supports they currently have.

Remember that when the first plan is produced, the line items are flexible and funding amounts can move from one area to another if required. Participants can ask for ‘support coordination’ to be in their plan which will assist them to modify their plan if and when required over time.

Participants don’t have to get it right the first time. Participants in the NDIS will be able choose from a range of different options when determining the level of input they feel comfortable with throughout the ongoing management of their allocated funding.

Participants may request a review of their plan and decisions made by the NDIS at any time.

Supporting Victorians transition to the NDIS

The Victorian Government is doing a lot of work to help prepare providers, participants and the workforce for transition to the NDIS.

The Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Education and Training will be available to provide support for existing clients throughout the planning process. This may include assisting people to collate information about their reasonable and necessary disability support needs, such as existing support plans and relevant assessments.

People currently receiving services from the Victorian Government will continue to be able to access these services until they transition to the NDIS.

People not currently receiving services from the Victorian Government will need to fill out an Access Request Form and submit it to the NDIA to access the new Scheme.