Top tips for NDIS goal setting

Posted on 10 May 2017 by Yooralla

During your NDIS planning meeting, the planner will talk to you about the goals you want to achieve across many aspects of your life. 

The planner asks this because a NDIS plan is based on goals, and supports will only be funded if they will help you meet these goals. So it’s important to have goals for your NDIS planning meeting.

What are your goals?

Goals describe what you want to achieve, develop or learn.

We suggest that the easiest way for you to think about goals is to think about what’s important to you.

Use this list to think about all the aspects of your life and what is really important to you. It may be:

  • finding and keeping a job
  • improving relationships
  • independence in daily living
  • confidence in money management
  • doing more social and recreational activities
  • improved health and wellbeing
  • building confidence around public transport or learning to drive
  • learning something new
  • where you want to live, or
  • improving communication.

Understanding the link between what’s important to you, your goals and the supports you need.

This goal setting example may help you to understand how what’s important to you can be worded as goals, and how the supports you need will link with your goals.

1. Think about what’s important to you
  • I like attending book group every week.
  • I like participating in activities at my local Community Hub (meeting place).
  • I want to improve how I communicate.
2. Then work out your goals

My goals:

  • To increase my ability to access the community for social activities.
  • To be involved in the community and engage with others.
  • To improve my ability to speak clearly.

So the funded supports you need to achieve this goal might cover the following

3. I need:
  • (Help from) a Speech Pathologist to improve my communication
  • To attend the Community Hub (meeting place), and
  • A Disability Support Worker to get me to a Community Hub (meeting place) and book group.

Preparation is key for your NDIS planning meeting

To make the most of your NDIS planning meeting, you need to be prepared. Yooralla’s free guide to prepare for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) can help you think about what’s important to you, about your goals, the supports you get now and anything else you might need. The guide includes a workbook, which can help you think about all of this, and to collect information your planner will need to know.

Download our free guide now.


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