In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, switching to NDIS plan management has become easier. The freedom and flexibility offered by plan management are the main draws. It allows people to tap into a large pool of support workers and service providers who are not NDIS-registered but are just as capable of providing excellent services.
In this post, we’ll show you how to make the transition to plan management. We’ll cover:
- Why you should make the switch
- Whether or not you qualify
- What the steps are to make the transition
Why should you make the switch?
A major benefit of plan management is the freedom to choose any support provider, whether they are NDIS registered or not. Not every provider is registered with NDIS. Hence, in the interest of working with a support provider you are most comfortable with, plan management is the best way to go.
If you’ve been self-managing, you’re probably aware of the volume of administrative work that comes with it. From setting up your own budgets to ensuring providers are paid on time, it’s a lot of work. It can be burdensome if time is not always on your side. In plan management, you’re freed from these administrative tasks. In return, you’ll enjoy access to more support and resources.
In an agency management system, you’re free of administrative tasks too. However, you can only work with NDIS-approved service providers. You will be starved of the opportunity to work with a support provider that you feel most comfortable with.
Working with a plan manager is like the best of both worlds. You have the choice as well as control to work with a preferred support provider without the administrative load of a self-managed system. Your plan manager will be your go-to-person for all matters pertaining to the management of the NDIS funding.
Do you qualify for plan management?
Yes, anyone can apply for plan management. There aren’t any tick-boxes to meet. It’s your right as an NDIS participant to apply for plan management.
How do you make the transition to plan management?
The first step is to indicate your intention to make the switch. This can be done at:
- Your NDIS plan meeting
- Your NDIS plan review meeting
- Any time in between the above two meetings
Subsequent steps are pretty simple and straightforward. They include:
- Calling NDIS at 1800 800 110 and pressing Option 5.
- Citing COVID-19 as a reason for requesting a switch to plan management. This will create urgency in attending to your request.
- Waiting for the approval, which should take between 1-2 weeks. You will be informed of this outcome by NDIS or the Local Area Coordinator.
Get started with My Care Planner today
My Care Planner is a recognised NDIS plan manager and offers easy and effective access to your NDIS funding that works for you, without the paperwork.
Signing up can be completed online and only takes a few minutes.
Contact us on (08) 8331 0084 to find out how My Care Planner can take the hard work out of your NDIS plan.