6 tips to get the most out of your ndis plan review

Preparing for an NDIS plan review can be a daunting task, but with the right preparation and knowledge, you can make sure your NDIS review goes as smoothly as possible. Here are six key tips to help you make the most of your assessment and ensure you get access to the best services available through the NDIS.

Define your current needs and document existing supports

When considering your current NDIS needs, it’s important to document the existing supports you already have in place as these will be taken into account during the review process. Make a list of the community organisations and service providers you’re accessing, medications you’re taking and practical supports that are helping you live independently. This information will be invaluable in demonstrating how the NDIS might best support your needs.

Prep your plan

Your plan will be tailored to your individual needs, so take the time to clearly define what you need. Note down the activities you’d like to do at home and in your community – such as attending school or work, socialising and taking part in extracurricular activities. Think about the supports you already have in place that are helping you manage daily life and which areas could use a bit more help. Prepare yourself with this information prior to the review and meeting with the NDIS assessor.

Bring family or carers to the review session

It can be overwhelming to face an NDIS plan review by yourself – however having a family member or carer accompany you to the session can make the process easier. Remember that the NDIS assessor needs to understand your lifestyle and current level of support, so inviting a trusted relative or friend to come along and join in the discussion could provide additional insight from first-hand experience. 

Ask questions and discuss available options with the planners

During your NDIS plan review, it’s important to maintain an open dialogue and ask questions about any services or support that you may need. Your planner is there to assist you in navigating the system and making informed decisions about your funding. It’s also beneficial to mention other activities that you may benefit from, allowing them to get a more accurate picture of your experience as a participant.

Be aware of common NDIS plan jargon and terminology so you understand what is being discussed in your assessment session

Understanding the terminology used during an NDIS plan review is essential for you to make the most of your assessment session. Common terms include ‘capacity building’, ‘reaching goals’, and ‘reasonable and necessary supports’. It’s valuable to take some time to familiarise yourself with these terms prior to the assessment so that you know how each item relates to your needs, helping you explain your choices or requirements more effectively.

Get an experienced psychosocial recovery coach or support coordinator to assist with the review

Pulling together all the documents and contacting all the professionals involved in an NDIS Plan Review can be a gigantic effort. One of the best ways to free up stress is to hire an experienced Coach or support coordinator to navigate the whole process.

If you are looking to get the best plan with the most funds to help you achieve your goals, book an appointment to talk to one of our expert coaches.