Welcome to Early Links Plan Management
Plan management is offered to NDIS participants to assist and support you with managing your NDIS plan funding. Our experienced Plan Management Team can help you navigate the NDIS, support you to manage your NDIS funds, and provide advice to ensure you get the most out of your plan.
What does a plan manager do?
A plan manager’s role is to support a participant by managing the funding of supports in their NDIS plan. This includes managing a participant’s NDIS plan budget, releasing funds to providers for services used, providing periodic statements including notification of under or overspending, and providing advice on how best to utilise NDIS funding.
Who can our Plan Management Team help?
Plan management is a valuable service for NDIS participants who would like greater flexibility and choice around which providers they use. You can organise to have some, or all your support budgets plan managed when you meet with your planner.
How do I start Plan Management with Early Links?
If you’re ready to get started or just want to find out more, you can use the form below to get in touch with us.
We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have, explain what would be involved and tell you all about the support we can offer.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between a plan manager and a support coordinator?
A plan manager’s role is to support a participant by managing the funding of supports in their NDIS plan. Their role relates specifically to the financial, plan-managed funded supports of the NDIS plan. It does not extend into supporting day-to-day administration, management, or maintenance of the entire NDIS plan. A plan manager has different roles and functions from the plan implementation support provided by a local area coordinator (LAC), early childhood partner (ECP), or support coordinator.
LACs or support coordinators are responsible for assisting the participant in exploring and connecting with providers, broader systems of support, and community support. LACs and support coordinators also assist you to maintain your NDIS supports through rostering services or providing disability-related advocacy services.
How can a plan manager help?
A plan manager will pay your invoices, process statements, and provide you with ideas on how to best use your budget and what you may be able to access under NDIS guidelines. Plan managers can also help link in with services and teach you how to manage your NDIS funds.
What’s the difference between plan managed, self-managed and NDIA managed?
Plan managed: This is when a participant chooses to use a plan management provider to assist them with managing their NDIS plan funds. Plan management providers can purchase support on behalf of participants from either registered or unregistered providers. A plan manager will receive funds from the NDIA and disburse funds to providers of other services received on behalf of a participant.
Self-managed: This is when a participant (or their plan nominee) manages their NDIS plan funds. The NDIS will reimburse a participant or their plan nominee directly for the NDIS supports received.
Agency managed: This is when a participant chooses to use the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to manage their NDIS funds. The NDIA will directly pay registered providers of relevant services on behalf of a participant.
How do plan managers get paid?
Plan managers are paid from a separate budget that can only be used for plan management. This is added to your NDIS Plan and is a capacity building budget. These funds do not come from existing support budgets and are separate financial administrative supports that cannot be used in any other way.