Three things you might not know about NDIS goal setting

DATE: 15 January 2019

Three things you might not know about NDIS goal setting

The goal setting aspect of National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) planning can be challenging for some NDIS participants.

It’s a new year, so for some people, it’s a time for making new years’ resolutions – essentially setting their goals for the year ahead. People with disability who are about to enter the NDIS or get their next NDIS plan, may be focusing on a different type of goal setting – to work out what they want to achieve for their NDIS plan.

The goal setting aspect of National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) planning can be challenging for some NDIS participants, so over the coming weeks, Yooralla will aim help you to understand more about goals in the NDIS. Today we’ll start with three things that might be useful for you, or a person you care for, to know when thinking about your NDIS goals.

  1. If you need a specific support it always needs to be related to a goal in your NDIS plan
  2. It’s a new year, so for some people, it’s a time for making new years’ resolutions – essentially setting their goals for the year ahead. People with disability who are about to enter the NDIS or get their next NDIS plan, may be focusing on a different type of goal setting – to work out what they want to achieve for their NDIS plan.

    The goal setting aspect of National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) planning can be challenging for some NDIS participants, so over the coming weeks, Yooralla will aim help you to understand more about goals in the NDIS. Today we’ll start with three things that might be useful for you, or a person you care for, to know when thinking about your NDIS goals.

  3. Goals should be focused on outcomes, rather than specific supports
  4. It’s important to remember that the NDIS will only fund supports that relate to your goals.

    For example, if visiting a disability peer support group every month is important to you, this can be related to a goal of “social and community engagement and inclusion”.

    If you decide you want support to get a job, but you don’t have any goals in your NDIS plan that could reasonably relate to the supports you would need to get a job, you would need to review your goals when you get your next NDIS plan, so you have a job related goal.

    So, an example might be:

    Goal: To increase my ability to access the community for social activities.

    As you can see, even if you might think attending a social group each week is your goal, this would actually be a support you may need to achieve your goal (i.e. the outcome).

    Funded support needed: Attend a community-based social group each week.

  5. When setting NDIS goals, it can help to think about what is important to you
  6. Before your NDIS planning meeting, taking time to think about what support you receive now (whether funded or unfunded) and what works for you, can help you to work out your NDIS goals – that is, what you want to achieve across different areas of your life.

    You can also think about what’s important to you to help work out your goals, and then think about the funded supports you might need to achieve those goals. Here’s an example:

    What’s important to you?

    I want to be more comfortable in social situations, so I can spend more time with other people
    From the above, work out your goals To improve my ability to speak clearly (the goal)
    What funded supports might you need to achieve this goal? Help from a speech therapist to improve my communication (the support needed for the goal to be achieved)

For more information about NDIS goal setting, visit the links below, or contact Yooralla’s Community Engagement team for a free discussion if you have any questions.

NDIS goal setting resources

How do I develop goals for my child’s NDIS plan

Top tips for NDIS goal setting

Guide to prepare for the NDIS (adults)

Guide to the NDIS for children

Yooralla's free guide to making the most of your next NDIS plan

Free NDIS discussions in Melbourne CBD

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