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Preparation is the key for your first National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) plan interview. In this interview or conversation the NDIS will ask questions about how you are going in different areas of your life.

Here are examples of things you will be asked:

  1. Your personal details
  2. Your community and mainstream supports
  3. How you manage everyday activities
  4. Your current equipment or technology
  5. Your safety
  6. Setting your goals
  7. Starting your plan
  8. Next steps.

An information sheet describing this can be downloaded from the NDIS website: Getting reading for your planning conversation.

What can I get through the NDIS?

What you can get through the NDIS will depend on your needs and goals. These will be different for different people and depend on the budget you are given for your plan.

Your plan budget can have three categories:

  1. Core supports
  2. Capital supports
  3. Capacity building supports.

Each of these categories covers different supports.

Core supports

This covers supports that enable you to complete activities of daily living (for example, showering or dressing) and to work towards yours goals.

Capital supports

This area is for items with a specific purpose you have identified in your plan. Most of these items require a quote from a provider. Funding in this area covers – if needed – assessment, delivery, set-up, adjustment and maintenance costs.

Capacity building supports

This area covers supports that enable you to build your independence and skills. Here is a sample of supports participants have had funded:

  • Occupational Therapy, Psychology and Orientation and Mobility for improved daily living
  • Personal care equipment
  • Transport to access the wide community
  • An electronic text to speech app for a smartphone to independently read.

A support has to be related to your needs and goals to be considered.

The NDIS has a YouTube playlist with stories from participants. In these videos participants talk about how they are using their plans. Note that the stories are from many participants with different disabilities.

NDIS Stories

Transcripts are available on the same page as the video.