This fact sheet is the second in a set of resources for authorised Out-of-Home-Care (OOHC) carers about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). This fact sheet provides key information about the NDIS planning meeting.
Note: the OOHC caseworker referred to in this fact sheet is the FACS or NGO OOHC caseworker that has case management responsibility for the child or young person.
A child or young person’s NDIS plan has two parts:
The statement of goals and aspirations is prepared by the participant, or if they are under 18, by the child’s representative. For children and young people under Parental Responsibility of the Minister, the OOHC caseworker, carer and child or young person will need to work together to develop the statement. The statement needs to describe the goals, objectives and aspirations of the participant and their environmental and personal context (social/community and personal relationships).
The statement of participant supports is prepared by the NDIS representative with input from the child or young person, their carer or key family members, OOHC casework staff and available assessments that specifies:
The types of supports that the NDIS may fund for participants include:
OOHC carers of children and young people in the Scheme have a responsibility to meet their child’s daily transportation requirements.
However, some children may require additional assistance when the child cannot use public transport or their parent’s vehicle, even if modified, due to their disability.
Carers and their OOHC caseworker will work with an NDIA planner to develop a participation plan outlining their child’s transportation support requirements.
Each child or young person will have an individualised NDIS plan that is tailored to their goals, personal circumstances and disability support needs. The types of supports that the NDIS may fund that may have direct or indirect benefits for you as a carer include:
For further information about NDIS planning process, including reasonable and necessary supports, see https://www.ndis.gov.au/operational-guideline/planning.html and/or Developing your First Plan Fact Sheet.
Supports are not likely to be covered by the NDIS if the support or service:
FACS remains responsible for:
All relevant information, evidence, reports and plans including Health Management Plans and Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC) case plans should be taken to the meeting.
For children or young people in the Parental Responsibility of the Minister, it will be the role of OOHC casework staff to work with the carer to collect relevant materials and take them to the meeting. This includes drafting the Participant Statement of goals and aspirations, listing the current supports the child or young person currently receives, including day to day carer supports and consideration of the aids, equipment and modifications the child or young person might require over the next 12 months.
Children and young people currently receiving NSW direct disability supports will receive an information pack with their latest assessments and plans relating to their disability. For children or young people in Parental Responsibility to the Minister, the OOHC casework staff attending the NDIS planning meeting should receive a copy of this information pack.
Your OOHC caseworker will include you in making this decision. The meeting will include the NDIS representative, the OOHC caseworker, you and where possible the child or young person. You and your caseworker may also invite other important people in your child’s life who can provide valuable input to their NDIS plan. This may include people such as the Local Health District OOHC Coordinator, Occupational Therapist, teacher or support person.
Responsibility for ongoing tasks related to engaging and coordinating disability supports under an NDIS plan is best undertaken by an NDIS Support Coordinator to ensure carers and caseworkers can focus on their core role for the child or young person.
During the NDIS planning meeting with the NDIS representative, Carers, and OOHC casework staff should request Support Coordination to be included in the child or young person’s NDIS plan. It should be explained to the NDIS representative that they will not be in a position to provide coordination of disability specific supports or be best placed for ongoing NDIS plan management.
A Support Coordinator can help implement a child or young person’s plan and manage their supports by:
For further information about support coordination, visit https://www.ndis.gov.au/medias/documents/h86/h2e/8799398101022/Starting-your-plan-with-a-Support-Coordinator-PDF-158KB-.pdf .
Responsibility for ongoing tasks related to managing invoicing and reporting on the expenditure of supports under an NDIS plan is best undertaken by an NDIS Plan Manager.
There are two options for NDIS plan management:
One of these options needs to be requested during the NDIS planning meeting.
Yes, if you are not satisfied with the supports being provided under the child or young person’s current NDIS plan, you should discuss your concerns with your OOHC caseworker in the first instance. Carers and caseworkers will need to work together to ensure the best outcomes are achieved for children and young people in OOHC.
For more information about who will represent a child or young person in statutory OOHC, refer to
You should first discuss your concerns with your OOHC caseworker who is responsible for representing your child or young person throughout the NDIS planning process. The caseworker can work with you to raise the issue with the NDIS plan manager, NDIS support coordinator or the NDIA as required.