Have you just received your NDIS plan and don’t know where to start?
Are you feeling totally confused about the cost of services and whether your plan will cover all the services you need?
Do you get to the end of your plan and have unspent funds and do you have the information you need when you go to your planning meeting?
Are you wanting to increase your skills in managing your plan and do you want to be sure your funds will last for the year?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then Budget Builder can change how you manage your funds forever. You will feel confident in the choices you have made, spend less time doing paperwork, be able to see where your funds are going and most importantly, you won’t be feeling like you missed out on any services of benefit to you.
What is Budget Builder?
Budget Builder is the latest service offering from Auscare Support. Our team of Budget Builders use their in-depth understanding of the NDIS and utilise budgeting tools developed by My Spending Planner to develop a plan for NDIS participants that will match their needs with their budget.
You schedule sessions with an Auscare Support Budget Builder over the phone or via Zoom. During your first session, a plan is developed showing all the services you need and their cost. This is matched to your NDIS funds to make sure you are using all your funds and are not going over budget.
Your Budget Builder sends you a detailed report of the plan that you can use as a reference or share with your Plan Manager or Support Coordinator. You will feel in control of how you are managing your funds and confident that you can get the results you want.
When would I engage Budget Builder?
There are some key times during your plan. At the beginning of your new plan, you will want to know how to allocate the funds over the life of the plan to ensure you have services for the duration.
You may be setting up service agreements with providers, giving them your frequency of supports, including details of the hours and days of the week.
In the middle of the plan, you might want to take a moment to check back in and see how your funds are tracking. Do you need to modify or increase the frequency of services or ask for a plan review? Our reports document the balance of funds, and the report enables you to show what it is you require.
At the end of your plan, prior to review, you will look back over your spending and how you have used your funds. This guides your conversation with your Local Area Coordinator (LAC) or Early Childhood Early Intervention Coordinator (ECEI) and justifies the need for the same, increased, or a different combination of funds. Our report gives you a detailed breakdown of your next activity statement. Make the most of the conversation with your LAC/ECEI and be confident in asking for what you need.
How can I pay for Budget Builder services?
We charge for each session and any additional phone calls and emails. Budget Builder can be paid for from your Core or Capacity Building budget.
We recommend that in addition to your first Budget Builder session, you schedule quarterly, half-year and new Plan sessions.
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