The decision is about my plan
The NDIA may make a decision about your plan that you don't like. For example, you didn't get funding for something you need.
There are different ways to appeal the decision. They are:
Plan variation - this is for a minor variation to your plan and you won't have to have another meeting. For example it could be to change the reassessment date of your plan. Another example is if you want to change something about a particular support, such as for the support to be provided in a different way.
Plan reassessment - this is for more significant changes and will mean you will need to have another meeting. An NDIS plan usually goes for 12 months. The NDIS will set a date for your next scheduled plan reassessment. You can request a plan reassessment if you have different support needs because of a change in your circumstances. For example, you may need an increase in your supports.
Review of decisions - this is a formal review of a decision you are unhappy with. See 'Can I ask the NDS to review a decision?' section on this page for more information.
You can request a variation to your NDIS plan for the following reasons.
Type of variation: Plan length
What this means: You would like to change the length of your plan. You can request to change your reassessment date, which is the date your plan ends.
Type of variation: Plan management
What this means: You would like to request a change related to plan management. For example, you want to change from NDIS managed to plan managed.
Type of variation: Change to supports
What this means: Your plan specifies that a support is provided by a specific provider or in a specific way, and you would like to change this.
Type of variation: Crisis and emergencies
What this means: You need crisis or emergency funding because of a significant change to your support needs. The NDIS must agree that this support is reasonable and necessary. For example, you have an aging family member that can no longer provide you with the support they once did.
Type of variation: New supports
What this means: You have obtained information that states you need a specific support that isn't currently in your plan. This could be assessments or quotes. The NDIS must agree that this support is reasonable and necessary. For example, you've received a report from an occupational therapist saying that your current plan isn't meeting your support needs.
Type of variation: Small variations
What this means: You need a small variation that leads to an increase in your funding. For example you may have run out of funding and need further funding to make sure your supports continue until your reassessment date.
Type of variation: Minor errors
What this means: You need to correct a minor or technical error in your plan. For example, they listed a different service provider than the one that you asked for.