4. Principles relating to plans
In addition to the general principles which guide all actions under the NDIS Act, there are specific principles applicable to plans (section 31).
The preparation, review and replacement of a participant's plan, and the management of the funding for supports under a participant's plan, should so far as reasonably practicable:
- be individualised (section 31(a));
- be directed by the participant (section 31(b));
- where relevant, consider and respect the role of family, carers (external) and other persons who are significant in the life of the participant (section 31(c));
- where possible, strengthen and build capacity of families and carers to support participants who are children (section 31(d));
- if the participant and the participant's carers agree, strengthen and build the capacity of families and carers to support the participant in adult life (section 31(da));
- consider the availability to the participant of informal support and other support services generally available to any person in the community (section 31(e));
- support communities to respond to the individual goals and needs of participants (section 31(f));
- be underpinned by the right of the participant to exercise control over his or her own life (section 31(g));
- advance the inclusion and participation in the community of the participant with the aim of achieving his or her individual aspirations (section 31(h));
- maximise the choice and independence of the participant (section 31(i));
- facilitate tailored and flexible responses to the individual goals and needs of the participant (section 31(j)); and
- provide the context for the provision of disability services to the participant and, where appropriate, coordinate the delivery of disability services where there is more than one disability service provider (section 31(k)).