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2020 Online Employment,
Life Skills and Leisure Expo

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

NDIS/LAC

The NDIS provides reasonable & necessary support to eligible people with intellectual, physical, sensory, cognitive and psychosocial disability.

The NDIS is designed to help people get the support they need so their skills and independence improve over time.

Local Area Coordinator (LAC) work in partnership with the NDIA and provide support to people with disability. This includes Accessing the NDIS, Planning meetings, using your plan and connecting you into your local community.

If you would like more information refer to the Guest Speaker section or get in contact with an NDIS LAC via the booking system on the Home Page.

Frequently Asked Question

What is the difference between an NDIS LAC and NDIS Planner?

An NDIS LAC is contracted to the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to assist with developing NDIS participant plans that generally do not have complex support needs. An NDIS LAC can still support the participant should they have a question about their plan for the plan duration.

In Sydney there are 3 LAC partners. They are Uniting, Settlement Services International and Latrobe Community Health. They each cover different geographical regions across Greater Sydney.

An NDIS Planner is employed by the NDIA and generally develops complex NDIS participant plans. The NDIA provides final approval of all participant plans.

Support Coordination

If you qualify for support coordination, you will receive funding for this in your NDIS plan. Support coordination is designed to help you build the skills you need to find supports and manage your own plan.

A Support Coordinator will help you to use your NDIS plan and connect you with the supports or services required to achieve your goals, live more independently, increase your skills, and be included in your community and in employment.

Specialist support coordination is a higher level of support coordination. It is an option for people whose situations are more complex and who need specialist help to coordinate their supports and services.

Support Coordinators will take some time at the beginning of a Plan to discuss how much they can realistically achieve given the person’s funding. From there, they can explore with the person which of the roles outlined above are most important to them. This allows them to work together to set clear expectations about which roles the Support Coordinator will fulfil and which they may provide limited or no support in.

Plan Management

There are three options to manage your NDIS funding.

  • self managed
  • plan managed
  • NDIA managed, or you can have a combination of all three.

You will need to discuss this with your LAC during your planning session.

Plan Managers deal with the finances of your NDIS plan. They claim directly from the budgets in your plan to pay your providers on your behalf, help you keep track of funds and take care of financial reporting for you.

Using a plan manager allows you to use providers that are not registered with the NDIS. If you choose to use a Plan Manager (be plan-managed), you need to discuss this at your planning meeting so that a Plan Manager is funded in your NDIS plan. Plan Managers must be NDIS registered providers.

If you choose to use a Plan Manager, they will:

  • pay your providers for the supports you purchase
  • help you keep track of your funds
  • take care of financial reporting for you
  • depending on your circumstances, they can also help you choose your providers.

Finding Services

There are many different ways of finding services. These could include the following:

  • Talking to people – ask your trusted connections about their experience and if they know of services that they can recommend.
  • Expos – Attend Disability specific events and expos where you will find suitable services.You will also find/locate service providers through:
  • NDIS website – an extensive list of NDIS Registered Providers across Australia, this is called Provider Finder. For information with non-registered providers, you have the flexibility to think more creatively about the services you access.

This section of the expo website will help you find support to assist with your needs.

  • LAC – your Local Area Coordinator can assist you to find services you can access in your local community.
  • Information and referral services – these are independent services funded by the government to assist you to get connected with services and supports.
  • Support Coordinator – if you have been approved for Support Coordination you are able to engage them to help you find services.

See Resources and Speaker sections for more information.

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