Everyone has different goals, living situations, and circumstances. So we’ll work with you to decide how long it’ll be before we must create your next plan. This will be based on your individual situation.
We think about how long you want your plan to go for. We’ll try to make the plan length what you want, where we can.
If you’re not happy with how long your plan goes for, you can ask for a review. Learn more about reviewing decisions we make .
Your plan will say when we must do a plan review, if we haven’t reviewed your plan before a certain date or circumstance. This is called the ‘plan review due date’. We could write this as:
- a date, for example ‘1 January 2021’
- a circumstance or milestone, ‘when Constantine starts school’
- both a date and a milestone, ‘when Macey starts her new job, or 1 July 2021: whichever happens first’.
We have more information on how long we usually make your plan.
When will we give you a longer plan?
If your support needs and circumstances will likely stay the same, we usually give you a 24-36 month plan. We can give you a 24-36 month plan if:
- you know how to use your NDIS plan
- your disability support needs are stable
- you have strong informal supports and living arrangements
- any work or study situation is stable.
Sarah is 35 years old and has her second planning conversation. Her previous plan worked well, and her support needs likely won’t change soon.
She asks for a longer plan as she knows what supports she needs. Her planner decides to approve a 36-month plan.
When will we give you a shorter plan?
We usually give you a shorter plan if your needs might change over the next year or two. This includes if you:
- are younger than 8
- have changing support needs, such as if your disability gets worse over time
- might leave the NDIS in the next year or two, including if you were eligible for the NDIS under the early intervention requirements
- might change your work or study in the next year or two
- don’t have a strong support network, or there’s risks to your safety or your personal money
- have very high support needs, or need behaviour supports
- need assessments to determine your disability support needs
- need high cost assistive technology or home modifications
- need disability-related health supports.
We might also give you a shorter plan if you need extra help to link in with supports. Or, you might need extra help to use your funding according to your plan.
For example, we could give you a shorter plan and include funding for Support Coordination. A Support Coordinator could help you use the right amount of funding each month. When we next review your plan, we can check if you’re linked in to the supports you need. And, we’ll check if you’re using the right amount of funding.
If you’re a younger person in residential aged care, we usually give you a 12-month plan and we’ll check-in with you regularly. We’ll discuss how we can help you move out of aged care if you want to, or whether your supports work for you if you want to stay. We may be able to give you a longer plan if you want one.
Remember, you can always talk to your Support Coordinator or planner if you want to move out of residential aged care.
Joe is 16 and will finish school in 18 months. We give Joe a 17-month plan. He’ll have the chance to set new goals before he gets his next plan.
When it’s time to create his next plan, we can have another look at his supports. His next plan will assess his goals and support needs after he leaves school.