An NDIS plan can last anywhere from 6 months to 3 years and can include various funding lines to support you to reach your personal goals. To manage your plan and funding for an extended period, it’s important to keep track of where you’re allocating funds to ensure your funding covers you for the length of the plan.  

We’ve pulled together a list of 12 suggestions to help you stay on track with managing your NDIS funding. 

  1. Understand your NDIS plan: Make sure you understand the details of your NDIS plan, including your funding and the supports and services it covers. Work with your NDIS support coordinator or plan manager to develop a personalised plan that meets your individual needs and goals. 
  2. Prioritise your needs: Focus on the supports and services that are most important to you and prioritise your goals. This may include support with daily living tasks, education or employment goals, or social and recreational activities. 
  3. Explore all available funding options: In addition to the NDIS, there may be other government programs or private sources of funding that can help you access additional support or services. Do your research and explore all available options to maximise your resources. 
  4. Choose the right providers: When selecting providers for your support and services, choose those that are the best fit for your needs and offer good value for money. Consider factors such as their experience, qualifications, and reputation. 
  5. Be proactive: Take an active role in managing your NDIS plan and communicate regularly with your support coordinator or plan manager. Keep them informed of any changes in your needs or goals, and work together to adjust your plan as needed. 
  6. Use assistive technology and other resources: Consider using assistive technologies or other resources to help you live more independently and reduce the need for additional support. 
  7. Plan ahead: Anticipate your future needs and plan ahead to ensure that your NDIS plan is flexible enough to meet them. Regularly review your plan and funding to ensure that you are making the most of your available resources. 
  8. Advocate for yourself or your loved one: Remember that you are the expert on your own needs and goals. If you feel that your NDIS plan is not meeting your needs or that you are not getting the support you require, don’t be afraid to speak up and advocate for yourself. This can help you get the most out of your NDIS funding and achieve your goals. 
  9. Be creative: Think outside the box when it comes to accessing supports and services. For example, you may be able to access support from a community organisation or volunteer group rather than relying solely on NDIS-funded providers. Be open to creative solutions and explore all available options. 
  10. Look for cost-effective solutions: Consider cost-effective options when selecting providers for your supports and services. For example, group activities or shared accommodations may be more cost-effective than individual support arrangements. Work with your support coordinator or plan manager to find the best options for your needs and funding. 
  11. Stay informed: Keep up to date with the latest information on the NDIS and disability services in general. Attend information sessions or workshops, and join online support groups to connect with others in the disability community. This can help you stay informed and make informed decisions about your NDIS plan and support. 
  12. Access a plan manager: Plan managers can help you manage your NDIS funding. Plan mangers are trained professionals that understand how to ensure your funding lasts for the duration of your NDIS plan. They can also help you build your financial and plan management skills which will assist you if you plan to transition to self managing your plan. Your Local Area Coordinator or support coordinator can help you find a suitable plan manager.