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Plan managers to support children and families

18 April 2023

Navigating the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) can be overwhelming for families of children with disabilities. This is where plan managers can play a crucial role in helping families manage their NDIS funding and access the services and supports they need.

What is a Plan Manager?

A plan manager is an independent third-party service provider who manages the financial aspects of an NDIS plan on behalf of the participant. Plan managers work with the NDIS participant and their service providers to ensure that the NDIS funding is allocated appropriately and that the participant can access the services and supports they need.

What Do Plan Managers Do?

Plan managers offer a range of services, including:

  1. Managing the participant's NDIS funds, including paying invoices and keeping track of spending.
  2. Providing financial reports to the participant and their support network.
  3. Helping the participant navigate the NDIS system and access the services and supports they need.
  4. Liaising with service providers on behalf of the participant.

How Do You Access Plan Managers for NDIS?

NDIS participants can access plan management services in two ways:

  1. Self-managed: Participants manage their NDIS funds themselves, which involves keeping track of invoices and expenses and managing their own budgets.
  2. Plan-managed: Participants engage a plan manager to manage their NDIS funds on their behalf.

What to Consider About Plan-Managed Funds?

When considering plan-managed funds, it is essential to keep the following in mind:

  1. Plan managers charge a fee for their services, which is usually a percentage of the NDIS funds managed.
  2. Not all service providers accept plan-managed payments, so it is important to check with your service provider before engaging a plan manager.
  3. Plan managers can help participants access services and supports that are not covered by the NDIS, such as alternative therapies or assistive technology.
  4. Participants can change plan managers at any time if they are not satisfied with the services provided.

In Conclusion, plan managers can be a valuable resource for families of children with disabilities who are navigating the NDIS system. They can help manage NDIS funds, access services and supports, and provide financial reports to participants and their support network. To access plan management services, participants can engage a plan manager directly or request plan management funding in their NDIS plan. It is essential to consider the fees associated with plan management and ensure that service providers accept plan-managed payments before engaging a plan manager.