Want to use Mable with your NDIS funding? Here’s what you need to know ahead of your planning meeting

Community, Disability May 6, 2019

If you ask NDIS participants what you should do before your first NDIS planning meeting, most will tell you one thing: ‘be prepared.’ If you are about to head into your meeting, and are interested in finding and engaging your own independent support workers via Mable, there are a few specific things to prepare for. Before we delve into specifics about what you need to do if you would like to find and engage your own independent workers via Mable, let’s take a look at the the basics of preparing for an NDIS planning meeting.

Who can attend my NDIS planning meeting?

Who accompanies you to your NDIS meeting is up to you. You can choose to take family members, a friend, advocates or current providers that you want to work with. You can also choose to attend on your own.

What do I need to take with me to my NDIS planning meeting?

The NDIA has created a series of booklets that are designed as practical tools to help you prepare for your meeting and implement your plan. Your planning booklet – which is downloadable here on the NDIA website should be taken to your meeting.

It’s also important to take any other relevant documents. These might include doctor’s notes relating to your support requirements, information about any current service providers, relevant information about specific requirements you might have at work or school and any information about recreation or day program activities you’re currently doing.

What do I need to think about before I go to my NDIS planning meeting?

As well as physical documents, you should also go into your meeting with an idea of what supports you need and how these relate to your everyday life and goals for the future.

What support you receive now?

A good starting point is to write down all the services and supports that you receive now. Ask your carer, if you have one, if they receive any support as this may need to be included into your NDIS Plan.

  • What does a typical day look like? You may also want to write down what your typical day looks like. You can use a weekly planning sheet that lists the days of the week and the times that you do different activities. You can also use a calendar to write down important dates when you may need support throughout the year such as holiday times or special occasions.     
  •  What aids, equipment and consumables do you need? You can also write down a list of all the aids, equipment and consumables that you use because of your disability such as mobility devices, communication aids, continence products, hearing or vision aids

To make sure you have all your bases covered, check out the NDIA’s handy NDIS planning meeting checklist.

What will be covered in my NDIS planning meeting?

During your planning meeting, you will talk with the planner about the goals that you want to achieve in your life. This might include things that you already do; your current routines or activities of everyday life. It will also include things that you want to achieve or skills you would like to develop.The idea of an NDIS plan is that it is entirely built around your goals, so any supports you request must relate to achieving them. Your planner will help you translate these goals into specific supports, but it would also help if you have an idea of what these might be. A simple way to look at it is to think about what’s important to you in your life now, or what might improve it. Are there any barriers to you maintaining the things you love, or achieving the things you want? Are there any supports that will help you overcome these barriers?

What to consider if you want to engage your own supports via Mable

So, you’ve already come across Mable, and you’ve decided that you want the freedom to choose and directly engage your supports. Maybe you’ve already met someone who offers their services directly to clients via Mable.There are a few specific things to address in your planning meeting that will make the process of finding and hiring your own supports via Mable smoother.

How you want to manage your NDIS funding?

We’ve posted previously about choices you need to make about how you manage your NDIS funding. This is one of the big decisions you have when you become an NDIS participant. You can choose one, or a combination of the three choices; Agency Management, Plan Management, or Self-Management.

  • If you are self-managing your funds we will invoice you and you can claim through the NDIS.

  • If you are plan-managing your NDIS funds through a plan manager, you can use your funds to hire a support worker directly using the Mable platform. If this is the case, you will need to talk to your Plan Manager to ensure they can work with us. A member of the Mable team can also connect directly with your provider to have the conversation.

  • If you are agency managed, you could still use Mable. Contact our friendly team on 1300 73 65 73 and we’ll explain how

Are you funded for the right type of support?

NDIS funding is broken down into three main budgets: core, capital and capacity building.

Core supports are the type of supports that relate to everyday living. A capital support provides funding for equipment, home or vehicle modifications or specialist accommodation. Capacity building is something that supports you to learn new skills or build independence – and often relates to your long term goals.

Currently, you can find a range of independent support workers on Mable who offer services that would come under either core supports or capacity building. You can use your funding to access these supports as long as the services are considered reasonable and necessary to help you achieve your goals in these areas.

Are the right supports available on Mable?

With Mable, you have access to Australia’s largest online community of independent support workers. Once you have an idea of what your goals are and what supports you would like to help you achieve them, you can go online and take a look at who is providing support in your area. Sign up to Mable for free to start connecting with independent support workers to find out if they are offering what you’re looking for.

If you find a good match, it will be useful to take information about the worker, the services they provide, their rates, and how often you feel you require their support, along to your planning meeting.

Where else can I find the support I need?

The great news is, if you can’t find what you’re looking for amongst Mable’s community of independent support workers, you can also bring along existing support workers to join you on the platform. These could be professional support workers you’ve worked with previously, or people from your community who currently provide informal support.

As you’re hiring directly, you can pay less while your workers have the potential to earn more. Plus, Mable’s low fees mean that you can get more hours of support from your funding.

After your NDIS planning meeting

If you’re not happy with the outcome of your planning meeting, there are options for you to appeal, or ask for an NDIS plan review. We’ve written about these options previously. To find out more, click through here.To start your preparation, sign up to Mable today and start communicating with independent support workers in your area.