There is no change to how we make decisions and what we can fund under the NDIS. All supports need to meet the NDIS funding criteria before we can fund them in your plan.

Our new computer system and improved processes help us develop your plan because they:

  • Improve how and when we gather supporting information and evidence.
  • Help us make consistent decisions.
  • Inform us about the kinds of supports we'd usually expect to include in a plan, based on the participant's situation and disability support needs.

When you apply to the NDIS or have a plan reassessment, we will collect information and evidence from you. An NDIA planner will use this information and evidence to develop your NDIS plan.

To develop your NDIS plan, we use evidence to help us decide what supports meet the NDIS funding criteria for you.

We need different types of evidence for different types of supports. Learn more about the evidence you need to give us to develop your plan:

Your NDIA planner will use the information and evidence you provide to understand your:

  • Goals and aspirations.
  • Strengths, capacity, and disability support needs.
  • Personal circumstances and living situation, like your informal supports, community, and other mainstream supports.

When developing your plan, your NDIA planner will consider what supports are reasonable and necessary for you to pursue your goals, increase your independence, and help you work, study, and join social activities.

NDIA planners will continue to make decisions on reasonable and necessary supports, based on the information and evidence available to them.  

Read more about the principles we follow to create your plan.

All participants

Your NDIA planner will look at your NDIS plan and budget and make sure it matches your goals and the information and evidence you provided and that it is a reasonable and necessary package of supports.

The NDIA planner who approves your plan will invite you to a plan meeting. At this meeting your planner will talk with you about your living situation, goals, and day-to-day supports. The NDIA planner will check they have a good understanding of your situation and to make sure the supports in your plan fit together. Your planner will also explain the decisions they’ve made when developing your plan.

New participants

Your NDIA planner will consider the information and evidence you have given us. We will also look at data we have collected about other participants with similar circumstances and disability needs since the NDIS started. We use all this information to develop your plan.

Every person living with a disability has different needs.  

Participants with similar circumstances should receive similar amounts of support in their plan. 

Existing participants

To develop your next plan, your my NDIS contact and NDIA planner will work with you to do a plan reassessment. We used to call plan reassessments plan reviews.

If you are an existing participant, your NDIA planner will use your previous plan as the starting point to develop your next NDIS plan.

You can also provide additional information and evidence to help us develop your new plan.

Learn more about how we will work with you to develop your next plan.

Your plan

We will develop your NDIS plan by support categories.  

There are four types of support categories that may be funded in your NDIS plan:

  • Core supports - help you with everyday activities, your current disability-related needs and to work towards your goals.
  • Capacity building supports - help build your independence and skills to help you pursue your goals.
  • Capital supports - including Specialist Disability Accommodation, higher-cost pieces of assistive technology, equipment and home or vehicle modifications, and funding for one-off purchases you may need.  
  • Recurring supports - funding for transport.  

Your NDIS plan will also include stated and flexible supports that will be listed under each support category. Because your plan has been developed by support categories and not line-by-line support items, you will have more flexibility over how you use your total budget.

Learn more about the next step in the NDIS participant journey.