Choosing a NDIS Plan Manager is like choosing a hairdresser. It has to be right for you. When you have a plan review, you will be asked how you want the plan to be managed. You can choose NDIA, Plan Managed or Self Managed. Currently,  during the plan period, you can change how a plan is managed as well by contacting the NDIS or LAC. NDIS Plan Management appears to be a very popular option.

What are the benefits of being NDIS Plan Managed? Here are a few but there are many more. You get to use any business with an ABN. That means you are not restricted to NDIS registered businesses which can be really useful as many providers are not registered. Also, you can apply to be reimbursed for allowable items. NDIS Plan Managers are a great go to person if you need to ask questions.

How do you find a NDIS Plan Manager who is right for you? This is a question I get asked a lot. My answer is that it depends on what you want. Do you want high tech, maybe a dashboard or app that you can log into to track funding? Do you want to be able to phone a person who knows you? So, the first step starts of with thinking about what you want and what that looks like.

Next, all NDIS Plan Managers are registered providers so there is a list of them. Many have websites, facebook pages and maybe even reviews. You can ask around as everyone with a NDIS Plan Manager will have an opinion about theirs and maybe other ones that they have tried along the way.

At the end of the day, selecting a NDIS Plan Manager is no different to selecting any other service. You try one and if you are not happy, you can change. The NDIS call that, “Choice and Control” and exercising your right to change providers is an important right to know about.