Carers Australia has recently developed a number of video resources to advise those carers preparing for the NDIS, from both formal advice from an NDIA staff member, to carer experiences via our 'Peer Conversation Partner' program, where carers who have navigated the NDIS give their advice to those about to.
Links to our series of NDIA formal videos are directly below. Click here for our Peer Conversation Partner video resources.
- Preparing for the NDIS
- Supports for carers through the NDIS
- The NDIS Carer's Statement
- Managing NDIS funds
- Early intervention supports for children through the NDIS
- Transitioning from Better Start to the NDIS
- Nicole's story - transitioning from Better Start and self-managing NDIS funds
- Sue and John's story - a positive experience
An NDIA staff member talks about how carers can prepare for the NDIS. She explains that education and knowledge are the most powerful tools and that there are a variety of ways to access NDIS information. It is also important to consider and have conversations about the goals of the participant in the NDIS.
Families and carers and the care they provide play an important part in the NDIS. At the NDIS planning meeting the planner will want to understand the supports the carer and family provides and will look at ways to help maintain this.
An explanation of what a Carer's Statement is and how it is developed during the NDIS planning process. It is important for a Carer Statement to include the type of supports that a carer provides and whether they are sustainable.
Looking at the different ways which NDIS funds can be managed, including:
- NDIS management
- A Registered Plan Management provider
- A combination of the above options
The range of early intervention supports that may be available to children with disability through the NDIS and that can help build their independence as well as the independence of their family.
The NDIA are working to ensure a smooth transition process from Better Start to the NDIS for children and their families. Families and carers are encouraged to begin preparing for the NDIS by:
- Thinking about supports the child may need (including early intervention supports)
- Attending local information sessions
- Thinking about the child and families’ goals
Nicole cares for her son, James. She provides advice on transitioning from Better Start to the NDIS and describes her experience with self-managing NDIS funds.
Sue and John speak about their positive experience with the NDIS and how it has helped their daughter, Verity, and their family. They provide advice to other carers who are about to become involved in the NDIS on the importance of being flexible and open-minded about supports and alternative options. They also explain how they have involved their daughter, who is non-verbal, in the planning and goal-setting process.
The following videos can help carers gain a better understanding of the NDIS and provide insight into how carers can support the person they care for during the process.
Laurel, who cares for her daughter Peta, speaks about her experiences and gives advice regarding the NDIS to Corrie, who is new to the Scheme and cares for her daughter Sharon.
Laurel is one of Carers Australia’s Peer Conversation Partners. This program provides the opportunity for carers to speak with a carer who has successfully transitioned to the NDIS.
Click on the links below to view the NDIS Peer Conversation Video Series, which cover the following topics:
- Introduction to the videos
- What is the NDIS?
- Nominees under the NDIS
- Where to get help with the NDIS
- Supports available to carers
- Identifying goals with the person you care for
- Carer involvement in the planning meeting
- Preparing for the planning meeting
- Funding for Transport under the NDIS
- What to take to the planning meeting
- After a plan has been made
- Local Area Coordinators
- Making changes to the NDIS plan
- Managing NDIS funds
The development of these videos has been funded by the NDIS Sector Development Fund.