Check your eligibility for the NDIS

Check you are eligible for individual support within the NDIS.

If you just want information or a referral you can also contact the NDIS Agency (NDIA) directly.

Start planning

Get ready to make your plan before you are asked to make your plan.

  • Think about what you want in life – now or in the future. Think about what kind of supports you may need to help you live better now and live better in the future.
  • Talk through with your family and any carers who already support you about what’s missing in your current supports, activities and plans, your quality of life.
  • Get a better idea of what you believe you need and what will work for you, your family and carers.

Work with a planner

Meet with your NDIS planner or local area coordinator to talk through your needs and the supports you need to meet them. It’s a good idea to bring someone with you to any NDIS meeting for support.

At your NDIS meetings you’ll talk about getting your plan into action, what supports and services you can access and if you need more information.

The planner will work through a plan with you. The planner is there to help you to get your plan into action.

You can also browse full fact sheets on the NDIS.

Our 10 top tips for preparing for the NDIS may also be helpful.

Choose your supports

Choosing supports is about thinking carefully about what you need to live your life to the full. The NDIA has developed resources to help you find and engage providers.

It’s also important that you ask around and to speak to people in your networks about their experiences. New tools are being developed every day that provide reviews of services providers to help you choose those that best fit your needs.

Find out more about what you should consider.

Once you have your plan in place

Once you have your NDIS plan in place you can choose how the funds are managed.

You can choose to manage your plan yourself – which is called self-managing. The NDIA will help and advise you if you decide to self-manage. There are also peers support groups and non-government organisations that can support and advise you. You can find out more about self-managing your NDIS plan here.

If you chose not to self manage your NDIS plan, the NDIA will liaise directly with providers to organise payments on your behalf. However you will still remain in control of which providers you select and when and how your supports are delivered.