National Disability
Insurance Scheme


GDS is a Registered
NDIS Provider

When a person with a disability has registered with the NDIS and has been deemed eligible to enter the scheme by the NDIA, the pre-planning phase begins. This is where the person with disability may require support to understand the impact their disability has on their everyday activities.

Begin Planning & Understanding Support Needs

The NDIA will contact the participant (or their nominee) to begin the planning conversation. On most occasions, it is important for carers to attend these meetings as they have a good understanding of the person’s disability and their everyday functioning and support needs.

Arranging Your NDIA Planning Meeting

Depending on the person’s state, territory, and region in which they reside, they may be asked to meet with a NDIA Planner or contracted NDIA Partner in the Community: Local Area Coordinator, Early Childhood Coordinator or Access Coordinator for their planning meeting.

Choose an In-Person or Over The Phone Meeting

These meetings can occur either face-to-face or over the phone. If you prefer to meet face-to-face, be clear and advocate for this when the planning meeting is being scheduled. Early Childhood Partners will generally arrange to meet with you in your home environment.

During The Planning Phase

During the planning meeting, the NDIA will request evidence to show that a person’s disability is permanent and significant. They will seek to understand the impact of that person’s disability on their daily lives.

The NDIS focuses on participants’ goals and individual support needs to make sure each participant has a uniquely tailored plan to suit their life.

To join the NDIS you need to meet access requirements

Anyone who thinks they might be eligible for the NDIS, can download an Access Request Form (ARF), and a Supporting Evidence Form (SEF), work with their GP, allied health, and specialist medical professionals to prepare and provide the information required.

The Role of Family Carers vs Support Workers with the NDIS.

Families and carers have an important role in the lives of people with disability. The NDIA recognises the importance of the caring role and aims to work with families and carers to support family well-being.

Families and carers may be supported in their caring role through a range of supports in a participants’ NDIS plan. This support can be offered directly and indirectly. Supports that enable sustainable caring by family members may include;

Family support and counseling due to a family members’ disability

Building the skills and capacity of other family members to manage the impact of a participant’s disability on family life

Supports that increase the participant’s independence, as well as supports that enable the participant to enjoy social and community activities independent of their informal carers.

Supports aimed at increasing the sustainability of family caring arrangement, including personal care and domestic assistance related to the person’s disability

Requesting a support worker to be included in family outings to provide assistance and guidance for the person with disability, especially where the family has other children to supervise and engage with. This allows for the person with disability to be included in family events and outings and provides opportunity for social participation.

Submit a Carer Statement

As a Carer, you have the option to submit a Carer Statement or request a separate interview to support the person you care for during the planning meeting. This could be particularly important for carers of people with a psycho-social disability.

It can provide additional insight into the impact a person’s mental health condition has on their ability to participate in everyday activities and on the wellbeing of the family.

4 Things Your Carer
Statement Should Include


How the caring role affects you

Provide an in-depth understanding of how the caring role has affected you personally. Here you can express the emotional, physical, and practical impact that caring for someone has had on your life.


Continued Care Commitment & Personal Impact

Whether you are able and willing to keep caring for the person with disability in the same way into the future, and what the impact of your caring role has on your own personal needs and goals.


Additional Informal Support

It’s important to provide a comprehensive overview of the involvement and assistance provided by family members and friends in caring for the person with a disability.


Any Other Relevant Information

Any other information that would be important for the NDIA to know when assessing supports required.


A Nominee makes decisions about the NDIS plan on behalf of the participant.

Nominees are there to:

  • Include the participant in decision-making and support them to make decisions
  • Help the participant increase their decision-making skills
  • Make decisions in the participant’s best interest, representing their wishes.

You do not have to become a nominee unless the participant asks, or it is required. A legal guardian who is making decisions on behalf of a participant will be appointed as the NDIS nominee.

There are two types of nominees:

Correspondence Nominees – can undertake most activities on behalf of a participant except preparing or making changes to a plan and managing the funds.

Plan Nominee – can undertake all activities on behalf of the participant but certain activities can be limited if appropriate.

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