You will need to consider what type of funding and what type of management you prefer. There are 3 types of plan management and 3 types of funding to understand
Types of Plan Management
There are 3 types of ways your funding can be managed.
You will have signed up with an organization that manages NDIS plans and is registered for NDIS. They will assign you a Plan Manager/Support Co-ordinator. The Plan Manager/Support Co-ordinator will charge you fees to manage your plan. However, this fee will be allowed for in your plan and NDIA will provide additional funding to pay them.
NDIA Managed ( referred to as Agency Managed )
This Plan allows for NDIA to pay your support provider directly on your behalf. Your providers will then make claims on the portal for payments. This requires a service agreement between the participant and provider to be approved before funds can be accessed by the provider
Providers are required to be registered to allow NDIA to pay them otherwise you might have to pay them yourself. You will need a service agreement with the provider which they will provide for you. A service booking can then be created to enable you to finalize your purchase.
This agreement will vary depending on the complexity of the service provided. A service booking and payment request will be done by the provider once the agreement has been received.
Self Managed Plans:
You can choose to manage your plan yourself.
- You will need to keep track of all invoices, payments, and claims. You can log on to the NDIA participant Portal to make your claims through the My Place
- You can use a non-service provider. They do not need to be registered through NDIS. However, they do need to be professionally registered
- You do not get extra funding to manage the plan. Claims from service providers may need to be paid before services or goods are provided and you will need to allow time for them to claim back through NDIA
Core funding: Core Funding is used for everyday support and activities and related needs This includes continence related items such as consumables. For eg: Protective bedding and chair protection and washable underwear.
Capital funding: This bucket is used for assistive technology equipment and one-off purchases. This refers to devices that assist you with tasks that you cannot otherwise do without this assistance.
Capacity funding: This bucket is to help you maintain your independence and reach long term goals. This includes continence assessment training and support with the community or continence nurse specialist physio or occupational therapist (OT).
There are categories that are relevant to your purchased service from which you claim the funds against.