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Navigating your NDIS Plan Reassessment

Navigate the NDIS plan reassessment confidently with Kinder Caring's detailed guide. Learn key terminologies, preparatory steps, and ensure a seamless transition to align with changing needs, maximising your NDIS benefits.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) plays an instrumental role in shaping the lives of countless Australians, providing them with tailored supports to enhance their quality of life. With the dynamic nature of the NDIS, it’s paramount to stay updated on the latest terminologies and processes, especially when it comes to plan reassessments.

Key Terminologies to Know

  • Plan Reassessment: Formerly known as an NDIS plan review, this process involves revisiting and potentially revising an existing NDIS plan to ensure it aligns with the participant’s current needs.
  • Change of Circumstance (CoC) Review: Now referred to as ‘plan reassessment,’ this type of review is triggered when there’s a significant change in the participant’s circumstances.
  • Plan Renewal: An NDIS plan continuation with the same supports, ideal for those who feel their current support framework perfectly matches their needs.
  • Plan Variation: Earlier labelled as a ‘light touch’ review, this process involves making minor modifications to an existing NDIS plan.

Preparing for a Full NDIS Plan Reassessment

Assessing the Impact of the Disability

Reflect on the disability’s impact. Has it intensified or lessened since the last review? Or has it remained consistent?

Anticipating Future Changes

Will the participant be embarking on a new journey, such as starting a job, picking up a sport, or undergoing a specific therapy?

Are there any anticipated shifts in personal circumstances, like moving out or a change in the primary caregiver’s ability to provide support?

Special Considerations for Younger Participants

For participants below the age of seven, specific procedures and contacts come into play, ensuring their unique needs are met.

Monitoring Plan Duration

Vigilantly track the NDIS plan’s start and end dates.

Utilise the NDIS Participant Service Guarantee as a benchmark. Ideally, participants should be reached out to about six weeks before their plan concludes.

Be proactive. If you don’t hear anything by the 3-4 week mark leading to your plan’s conclusion, reach out to the appropriate contacts.

Gathering Essential Reports and Quotes

Ensure you have relevant reports, especially if your current plan involves Capacity Building funding for allied health services.

Procure detailed reports from therapists or providers about progress and future recommendations.

Evaluating and Setting Goals

Review current goals. Celebrate achievements, phase out completed goals, and introduce new aspirations as necessary.

 Choosing the Right Plan Management Style

Reflect on how your plan is managed, whether it’s agency-managed, plan-managed, or self-managed. Each reassessment is an opportunity to reconsider and potentially pivot your plan’s management style.

Anticipating the Arrival of Your New Plan

Upon completion of the NDIS plan reassessment meeting, a new plan should replace the old one by its expiration date.

In cases where a new plan isn’t ready by the expiration of the current one, the NDIS will extend the existing plan for up to a year at the same funding level, ensuring uninterrupted support.

Conclusion

As a trusted partner in your NDIS journey, we at Kinder Caring emphasise the importance of preparation and awareness. Understanding the intricacies of the NDIS reassessment process not only ensures seamless transitions between plans but also maximises the benefits you receive, ensuring a brighter, more empowered future.

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