The National Disability Insurance Agency or NDIA has made it their goal to cover more Australians who are suffering from disabilities. If you are striving to become a participant, you have to understand the importance of properly managing your funding.
There is more to this long process than having to finally get an approval of the funding that you have requested. So that you will be able to utilize the funding that has been allocated to you properly and be able to access all the support without stressing a lot, you have to consider doing proper funding management seriously. Helping you achieve your goals, enhancing your life, and getting rid of barriers to participation are the good things that you can expect with proper NDIS plan management. But then, you should expect to be dealing with time commitments and extra administration challenges as well.
When doing NDIS planning, you will often be set a funding management service as provided by the agency. This basically means that the NDIA will be the one who will take care of paying the organizations and people that will be providing such services. Despite being an agency-type of management, the service provider that you choose should be part of the list that is approved by the NDIA that will meet with their criteria of pricing. However, there are some factors that do not make this kind of set-up appealing to most participants. Firstly, you might not have in your locality some service providers who are registered accordingly. Having someone working with you that you like and you are comfortable with and knows your history can also be another reason. Also, exceeding the set price guide might be something that eliminates your choice of service provider.
All of these things point to the benefit of going for a plan management option instead. Once you choose plan management, do expect the best of self-management and agency management wherein someone else will do the task of filing and paying your invoices and then taking care of all of your paperwork while you still have some flexibility and choice. Funding for the NDIS plan manager that you hire will be covered by the NDIS to make things easier for you as a participant. A lot of NDIS participants prefer getting plan management because it works as just like any kind of service you get with some funding from the NDIS. The only different will be that it falls under the category of 'improved life choices'. Simply put, hiring NDIS plan managers will not cost you some extra money and will never be taking from any area of your budget. Compared with getting funding from the organization where you must prove how much you need the services, with a Plan manager, you just ask for it.