You can see the budgets in your NDIS Plan, but to know your choices you will need to use the NDIS Price Guide. As well as prices, the full NDIS Price Guide tells you about different rules and concepts you need to know when buying supports. Because there is so much information in the NDIS Price Guide it can be a bit tricky to navigate.
This Simple NDIS Price Guide is a day to day tool focuses just on the types of supports that you can purchase. It doesn’t replace the NDIS Price Guide – you will still need to access that document to understand all the rules.
The Simple NDIS Price Guide is designed to be easier to use when you’re looking at the options you have for using your budgets to help you achieve your goals. Because it’s shorter, it’s also easier to print and navigate than the full NDIS Price Guide.
What’s the difference between Support Coordination and Local Area Coordination?
Local Area Coordinators (LACs) are contracted by the NDIA to help people access the NDIS and to gather information in the planning process. Participants don’t get to choose their LAC provider – there is usually only one organisation contracted in each part of Australia.
If you only need a little guidance to implement your plan, the LAC will help you understand the plan and your options. Once you are connected to supports it’s likely that the LAC will then step back and allow you to manage your relationship with supports.
If it’s clear in the planning process that you will need a higher level of support to implement your plan, Support Coordination will usually be funded in the plan. The level of funding will vary based on what the NDIA decides is reasonable and necessary. You will then need to choose a Support Coordination provider from a list of possible options. Depending on where you live, this could be a long list. Before you choose you may want to spend some time researching who provides Support Coordination in your area and how can they best support you to implement your plan.
Support Coordination is there to make sure you get the most out of your plan. They will try to help you build capacity and confidence to make more decisions and have more conversations about your supports.
Unlike LAC’s, Support Coordinators are usually there to help you throughout the full period of your plan. The level of support they can provide will be limited by the amount of funding in the Support Coordination budget in your plan. It’s likely the help they give you will go up and down across the year depending on what’s happening for you. When you first starting working with your Support Coordinator it is good to agree on how they will support you with achieving your goals so you can get the most of your Support Coordination funding.
Some participants will only need Support Coordination for one or two years – others may need ongoing Support Coordination. This will be decided by the NDIA at review.
What should I expect from my Support Coordinator?
A good Support Coordination provider will
Listen to you and understand who you are, what’s important to you and how you like to spend your time
Help you learn and be more confident about the NDIS
Understand a lot about services you can access that aren’t funded by the NDIS
Help you understand your plan, the NDIS Price Guide and how you can use your budgets
Decide what type of supports to purchase and how much of each
Support you to speak up about what you want and don’t want from services
Help you choose NDIS funded service providers
Help you understand the service agreements offered by providers
Coach you through any challenges in achieving your goals and getting the most out of your services
Help you prepare for you NDIS review by thinking about your goals