Plan duration guidance

Below is a guide on how long we usually make your plan before we must reassess it. When we decide the plan reassessment date, we always consider:

  • how long you want your plan to go for before we change your plan
  • your current situation.

For children younger than 7, we recommend a plan length of one year. This is due to the major changes in early childhood. Sometimes, we can do a plan for up to 3 years for young children, if it is better aligned with important transition points and milestones. Learn more in Our Guideline – Early childhood approach.

During your plan, we’ll check in with you to see how you’re going, and how your plan is working for you. Remember you can ask to change your plan at any time.

Plan duration guidance

Plan duration criteria

Recommended plan duration

Aged 7 years and older

Recommended plan duration

Younger than 7 years of age

Your living situation and support needs are stable. 3-5 years 1-2 years
You are in an unstable living situation, for example if you are homeless or in temporary accommodation. 1 year 1 year

You are likely to leave the NDIS in the next year. For example, if you were eligible for the NDIS through the early intervention requirements., You may have built your skills, or still need to finish some skill development.
You might need a 1 year plan if you still need to finish your skill development

1 year 1 year
You need more than $15,000 per year in Capacity Building supports. Not applicable 1 year
You have used less than 20% of your NDIS funding in your current plan. 1 year 1 year
You are currently receiving compensation or may be eligible for compensation. 1 year 1 year
You are a younger person in residential aged care aged under 65, or Indigenous and under 50, and you:
  • have a goal to change your living situation or move home
  • only have ‘cross-billing’ fees, or have additional aged care related fees that are likely to change
  • are living in, at risk of entering, or transitioning out of an aged care facility.
1 year Not applicable
You live in residential aged care and are 65 years or older, or you are Indigenous and aged 50 years or older, and you:
  • want a 2 year plan
  • only have cross-billing fees in your plan
  • have stable support needs and circumstances
  • are using the right amount of funding in your plan
  • don’t have a goal to explore alternate housing goals.
2 years Not applicable
You need disability-related health supports and:
  • your health support needs are unstable
  • your function is expected to change in the next year
  • we ask you to get an assessment so we can understand your support needs.
1 year 1 year
You need behavioural support. 1 year 1 year
Your plan will include in-kind supports. 1 year 1 year
This page current as of
27 October 2023
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