Plan duration guidance

Below is a guide on how long we usually make your plan before we must do a plan review. When we decide the plan review due date, we always consider:

  • how long you want your plan to go for before we do a plan review
  • your current situation.

For children younger than 7, we recommend a plan length of 12 months. This is due to the major changes in early childhood. Sometimes, we can do a plan for up to 24 months for young children, if it is better aligned with important transition points and milestones. For more information, check out Early Childhood Early Intervention .

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. up to 36 months 12-24 months
You are in an unstable living situation, for example if you are homeless or in temporary accommodation. 6 - 12 months 6 - 12 months

You are likely to leave the NDIS in the next 12 months. For example, if you were eligible for the NDIS through the early intervention criteria, and you have built your skills.

You might need a 12-month plan if you still need to finish your skill development. Or, you might need a 6-month plan if you’re ready to leave.

6 - 12 months 6-12 months
You need more than $15,000 per year in Capacity Building supports. 12 months 12 months
You have used less than 20% of your NDIS funding in your current plan. 12 months 12 months
You are currently receiving compensation or may be eligible for compensation. 12 months 12 months
You live in Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA). 12 months 12 months
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.
12 months 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 24-month 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.
24 months Not applicable
You need disability-related health supports and:
  • your health support needs are unstable
  • your function is expected to change in the next 12 months
  • we ask you to get an assessment so we can understand your support needs.
12 months 12 months
You need behavioural support. 12 months 12 months
Your plan will include in-kind supports. 12 months 12 months
This page current as of
23 April 2021
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