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Setting Goals in Your NDIS Plan

NDIS

Updated 4th January 2024

When navigating the complexities of creating an effective National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) plan, identifying and setting clear goals is pivotal. Goals underpin your NDIS plan and act as guiding stars leading towards a meaningful, independent life. Whether you're embarking on your NDIS journey or revisiting your plan for refinement, understanding how to set strategic and actionable goals is essential.

 

Understanding NDIS Plan Goals

NDIS plan goals are the backbone of your personalised plan. They shape the kinds of support and services you receive. These goals can be short-term, aiming for immediate change, or long-term, focusing on lifelong aspirations. By uniformly stating what you want to achieve, you provide service providers with a clear directive on how they can assist you best.

Short-Term Goals: Immediate Objectives

Short-term goals in an NDIS plan refer to the objectives that can reasonably be accomplished within the current plan cycle—usually 12 months. These goals may encompass acquiring new skills, accessing community services, or improving daily living activities. Short-term goals function as milestones, offering measureable progress and the satisfaction of achievements along your journey.

Examples of Short-Term Goals:

  • Improving culinary skills for independent meal preparation.
  • Participating in a local community event to expand social networks.
  • Attending physiotherapy sessions to increase mobility.

Long-Term Goals: Vision for the Future

Long-term goals extend beyond the immediate plan. They capture your overarching aspirations which might include living independently, securing employment, or pursuing education. These future-focused targets direct the trajectory of support over multiple plan cycles and push the boundaries of what you can achieve with sustained NDIS support.

Examples of Long-Term Goals:

  • Obtaining and maintaining meaningful employment in a chosen field.
  • Living autonomously in a safe and supported home environment.
  • Achieving a level of education or training that fosters career opportunities.

Crafting Effective NDIS Goals

To maximise the efficacy of your NDIS plan, your goals must be well-defined, attainable and tailored to your unique circumstances. This not only ensures that your plan is relevant but also that it meets the criteria required by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).

Be Specific

Vague goals lead to vague outcomes. When setting goals, be as detailed as possible about what you want to achieve, why it's important to you, and how you believe it can be attained. The clarity of your goals can significantly influence the support and funding allocated to you.

Assess Your Needs

Consider your immediate needs and how they align with your long-term aspirations. Assess your current abilities, resources, and challenges to devise goals that are both challenging and achievable.

Consult Your Support Network

Involving family, friends, and professionals can provide insights into your goal-setting process. They can offer perspectives on realistic objectives and help you refine your goals.

Implementing and Reviewing Your Goals

Once your goals are established, the next step is to lay out a plan of action. This involves:

  • Identifying the services and support needed to facilitate your goals.
  • Communicating these needs clearly in your NDIS planning meeting.
  • Reviewing your plan regularly to adapt and reassess goals as needed.

Conclusion

In your NDIS plan, goals are foundational to the sustained, personalised support that can transform your life. Clear, well-articulated goals enable you to harness the full potential of the NDIS, facilitating autonomy, community involvement, and overall wellbeing. Remember, effective goal setting within your NDIS plan is a dynamic and ongoing process that empowers you to not just dream of a better future but to actively create it.

About the Author

Alex is an esteemed expert in assistive technology and disability support services, he holds a unique blend of professional expertise and personal dedication to enhancing the lives of individuals with disabilities. With over a decade of experience in research and development, Alex has been at the forefront of integrating cutting-edge assistive technologies into practical support solutions. Renowned for his empathetic approach and strong advocacy for disability rights, Alex’s work extends beyond academic research to hands-on involvement in community initiatives and policy advisory roles. A prolific writer, his articles are widely acclaimed for their insightful analysis, clear communication, and commitment to ethical considerations in technology use.

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