The NDIS is the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). It is a new national disability system where people with disabilities have more choice and control over their services and supports.

In the NDIS, your funding is allocated to you, the person with the disability, instead of to service providers in block funding. The NDIS bases the funding you get on a plan which includes the services and supports you need. Everyone’s plan is different, because every person is different and may need different kinds of supports.

The NDIS is being rolled out around Australia. WA is now joining the national scheme. People already in the WA NDIS will be moved across to the NDIS between April and December 2018. The NDIS will cover all areas by 2020. Here is the link to find out when your area will be covered by the NDIS:

Where can I find information about the NDIS?

DSWA has produced two resource booklets and some fact sheets, on pre-planning and self-management, to help you with developing your NDIS plan. Below you will find links to our resources, as well as others that may be useful to you in the planning and management processes.

NDIS and Me: Steps to Plan in WA Workbook (DSWA)
PDF Format

NDIS and Me: Steps to Plan in WA – Easy Read
Workbook introduction (PDF Format)
Step 1. Gathering information (PDF Format)
Step 2. My Story (PDF Format)
Step 3. What I want my life to look like (PDF Format)
Step 4. Life areas to think about (PDF Format)
Step 5. My Goals (PDF Format)
Step 6. Support to reach my goals (PDF Format)
Step 7. Help to put my plan into action (PDF Format)
Step 8. How to manage my plan (PDF Format)

Managing your plan in the NDIS (DSWA)
PDF Format

Life stages fact sheets (DSWA)
Baby to pre-school (Word format / PDF format)
Primary school (Word format / PDF format)
High school (Word format / PDF format)
Adult (Word format / PDF format)
Older Adults (Word format / PDF format)

Guide to ‘reasonable and necessary’ supports (AFDO Disability Loop)
This Guide to ‘reasonable and necessary’ supports is a plain language resource created by the AFDO Disability Loop project. It is designed to explain what ‘reasonable and necessary supports’ in the NDIS means in a way that is easy to understand.
PDF Format / Word Format

Additional NDIS fact sheets
Managing your NDIS funding package (NDIS June 2017) (PDF Format / Word Format)
Choice and control (NDIS Nov. 2016) (PDF Format)
Participant transport factsheet (NDIS May 2017) (PDF Format / Word Format)
Budget categories factsheet/table diagram (NDIS) (PDF Format)
Assistive technologies factsheet (PDF Format / Word Format)

Decision making diagrams for planning
Reproduced here with permission from The Growing Space
Core categories (PDF Format)
Capacity building categories (PDF Format)

Planning documents/worksheets (DSWA)
Daily activity planner (PDF Format / Word Format)
Weekly activity planner (PDF Format / Word Format)
Occasional activity planner (PDF Format / Word Format)

DSWA workshops

During 2019 we will continue to run workshops on the NDIS in areas due to be rolled out.

We will list the workshops here when we have finalised the dates and venues for 2019:

‘Ask us anything about the NDIS’
Whatever stage you’re at in your NDIS journey we encourage you to come along and ask us anything you like. Our trained staff are happy to chat with you and share any resources we have on offer.

Next session: 7th May 2019
6:30 to 8:30pm at our office in South Perth, all welcome. Email to RSVP

If you are in a rollout area, and can’t make it to any of the workshops, let us know, and we can make other arrangements, such as phone or Skype

NDIS Website

The NDIS website has lots of information on all aspects of the scheme –

Disability Loop

This is a great website with lots of current NDIS information in plain language and videos –

DSWA is registering to provide NDIS funded supports and services

DSWA has achieved state registration and is now applying to NDIA to complete the process. This means you will be able to use your NDIS funding to purchase some of your services from DSWA.

The areas we are registering for are:

  • Daily Living – Support with daily life tasks to enable individuals to live as autonomously as possible.
  • Wellbeing – Person is engaged in valued roles through participation in community, vocational and/or educational activities, and/or employment.

We will be building our services and supports from a peer group perspective and looking beyond the traditional pathways and opportunities currently available to people with Down syndrome. The Daily Living area also offers parents/carers the chance to access some training to help their family member.

If you have a planning meeting or plan review coming up soon, and you’d like to include some DSWA supports, get in touch and we can let you know what kinds of things you could consider.

DSWA Local Support Groups

DSWA has a number of peer support groups that meet on a regular basis. If you are interested in linking up with a group near you, or setting up a local group then give us a call on 9368 4002 or email

NDIS & Me eNews

DSWA produces an eNews every couple of months, to provide an update on what is happening with the NDIS in WA and on NDIS-related work DSWA is doing. This eNews is separate from the DSWA general monthly eNews. Contact DSWA on 9368 4002 or if you’d like to go on the eNews email list.

Social media relating to the NDIS in WA

NDIS and Me

As well as DSWA’s public Facebook page and Twitter, the DSWA Support Network Facebook Group and Down Syndrome Australia’s Facebook page and Twitter, we also have our own closed Facebook group for Australians (living in any state or territory) with Down syndrome and their families. The group, called NDIS and Me, aims to help its members to get ready and get the best outcomes they can from the NDIS. Now that WA is joining the national scheme, this group is even more useful and relevant for sharing questions and experiences within the national and local Down syndrome communities. (You will need to ask to join as it’s a closed group).

(As with all online content, please be aware that information shared by group members may be based on their experience, belief or opinion, and may not be correct, so please do check before making any decisions or taking any action based on the information.)