For plan supports managed by a Plan Management Provider or Financial Intermediary, payment for provided supports are usually made to the provider on behalf of a participant. However, a Financial Intermediary can reimburse a support payment to a participant also. An invoice for therapy supports delivered and already paid for will need to be provided to the Financial Intermediary. This invoice should provide evidence that the support has already been paid by you and you would also need to provide your bank details to the Financial Intermediary to be reimbursed.
If you are paying a therapy provider up front for delivering capacity building supports included in your approved NDIS plan, you may like to consider self-managing the therapy supports with assistance from the Financial Intermediary to learn how. You can then claim the therapy support directly from your plan funding via the Participant portal. More information regarding self-managing budgets in your plan can be found here.
Supported Independent Living (SIL) support provides a participant with assistance and/or supervision with daily life tasks to develop skills to live as independently as possible. SIL support needs will vary for every participant depending on their individual goals and support needs, therefore SIL plan funding may also vary for participants living in the same house. Some participants may be more independent and not need 24 hour support arrangements or they may participate in activities outside the house with assistance from another provider. A SIL quote is provided for each participant living in the house, this will outline the proposed individual and/or shared supports to be provided.
Standard household items such as fridges, beds, kitchen items etc and vehicles are considered day-to-day living costs that would normally be the responsibility for everyone to fund using their own disposable income.
Some participants may use specialised assistive equipment due to their disability related needs. The funding of these types of supports may be considered by the NDIS as a capital support in their NDIS plan.
Some SIL providers may own a vehicle that can be used by participants to meet some of their transport needs. Participants may need to negotiate with the provider how these transport supports will be funded using the transport supports in their NDIS plans or their own disposable income.
The Early Childhood Partner will work with these children and their families to gather information about their needs. If the child is assessed as needing long term supports and likely to meet the eligibility criteria, the family will be supported to make an access request to the NDIS. Once the access request is approved, the child will be allocated to their local LAC for a planning meeting.
For children who are unlikely to meet the disability access requirements, the Early Childhood Partner will link the family into programs in the community which will help them support their child.
Early Childhood Partners are asked to triage children based on need and the expectation of the NDIA is that children will be seen in a timely manner. We are aware that in areas where transitional arrangements have been in place, some children and families have experienced delays in accessing the ECEI approach. Where the NDIA has been informed of these delays, we have worked with the Early Childhood Partner or Transitional Provider to progress access to the ECEI approach for these children and families.
To allow the NDIA to determine whether you meet the disability or early intervention access requirements, you may need to provide evidence of your disability. This includes information on what your disability is, how long it will last and how it impacts your life.
Providing clear information about your disability and its impact on your day-to-day life will support the NDIA to make a decision about your eligibility for the NDIS. Good evidence is:
completed by a treating professional who is relevant to your primary disability;
confirms your primary disability;
confirms the impacts of your disability on the different areas of your life;
describes previous treatments and outcomes; and
describes future treatment options and expected outcomes of those treatments.
The treating professional who completes the evidence of your disability should:
be the most appropriate person to provide evidence of your primary disability; and
have treated you for a significant period of time (e.g. at least six months).
If you need help to getting your evidence together, Local Area Coordinators (LAC) are available to assist you.