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12 NDIS tips for the New Year

Updated 26 February, 2021
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A new year is a great opportunity to start fresh, set new goals, and make some changes in your life.

The Plan Partners team and customers give their top NDIS tips to start 2021 off right!

 

Jaydon   Tip 1: Build a network


Jaydon

Adventurer | QLD

Use your NDIS plan to build a support network of people you can trust. This has really helped me to gain independence and live my life the way I want to. My network encourages me to do things I might not do on my own. Now I get out and about so much more - and experience many new things!   

 

Vandana   Tip 2: Don't do it alone


Vandana

Customer Service Officer | VIC

Feel free to reach out to us. We're here to guide you on how to get the most out of your NDIS journey. You don’t have to do it alone. We're happy to help. Chat with us online or give us a call on 1300 333 700.

 

Steph   Tip 3: Be clear and concise


Steph

Videographer | QLD

When going into your planning meeting or review, make sure you’re clear in what you’re asking for and how it will help you achieve your goals. This will give you a much better chance of receiving what you ask for.

 

Tommy   Tip 4: Ask for a review


Tommy

Senior Business Development Lead | SA

If you’re not happy with the content of your NDIS plan, you can ask for a review of your NDIS plan within 90 days of receiving your plan. Here's a guide on how to request a review.

 

Rachel   Tip 5: Be prepared


Rachel

Author | NSW

Make sure to prepare well for the review of your plan. Take any supporting documents and evidence with you and go in with a clear idea of what you’d like to achieve with the support of the NDIS or you run the risk of your funds being cut in your next plan. Getting your ducks in a row might take a bit of time, but it is totally worth it.

 

Tina   Tip 6: Speak up

 


Tina

Support Coordinator | VIC

Everyone is unique, so it's important to unsure you explain clearly what you need in life. Speak up to anyone who can support you - whether it is the NDIS, your providers or a family member. And above all else, express what you want and stay positive.

 

Steph   Tip 7: Use your Dashboard


Steph

Plan Supporter | VIC

Keep track of your NDIS budgets with your Plan Partners Dashboard. It’s such a great resource for putting you in the driver’s seat of your NDIS experience so you feel cool, calm and in control.

 

Jenni   Tip 8: Use it (don't lose it!)


Jenni

Plan Supporter Team Leader | VIC

Did you know that on average one third of NDIS funds go unspent?  The old saying ‘use it or lose it’ can be very true when it comes to the NDIS. So make sure you’re spending enough of your NDIS funding to meet your needs. Find out how to avoid underspending.

 

Rosa   Tip 9: Don't go over budget


Rosa

Financial Accountant | VIC

Try your best to stay on top of how much of your NDIS funding you’re spending, so you don’t go over budget. Overspending can lead to missing out on supports or having to pay out of pocket. Learn how to avoid overspending.

 

Nigel   Tip 10: Just reach out


Nigel

Artist | VIC

The NDIS can be very difficult to get your head around – especially as things keep on changing. But there are organisations like Plan Partners out there that can help you to understand things…and not always in a way that you would expect! So reach out to them if you need help understanding it all.

 

Emily   Tip 11: Dream big


Emily

Customer Service Team Leader | VIC

The NDIS can seem very by-the-book, but I have seen many surprising things being funded by the NDIS. So be creative, just make sure that it is 'reasonable and necessary' and fits in your NDIS plan. 

 

Tristram   Tip 12: Don't give up


Tristram

Vlogger and Marketer | QLD

There are ups and downs throughout everyone’s NDIS journey, but if you stick at it and stay positive, you might just be surprised by how quickly things can change for the better – watch how I travelled through my NDIS journey this year.

 

Sean  A message from Sean


And last but not least, our CEO, Sean has one final tip for everyone:

We know that your NDIS journey is not always smooth sailing. But try to be as patient as you can when things don’t go as you had planned. Talk to good people and ask for support and advice. We’re here to help.

 

Whatever your NDIS New Year’s resolutions are, Plan Partners can help you bring them to life. To find out more or discuss your individual situation contact the Plan Partners team. Chat with us online or give us a call on 1300 333 700. We're always happy to help.

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