Choice and control through self-management

The self-management of NDIS funds by participants does, and can, have significant value in achieving the objectives of the Scheme beyond a rights-based perspective. The self-management of funds can:

  • empower and give independence to participants;
  • facilitate innovative support solutions for participants and their families;
  • improve participant and family outcomes;
  • increase value for money purchasing;
  • contribute to the sustainability of the Scheme;
  • positively disrupt the disability support market;
  • facilitate fiscally sound decision-making by the participant and reduce support needs over a lifetime; and
  • transcend crisis-driven disability service systems by rewarding initiative and future planning.

The Agency has established a dedicated Self-Management Project to ensure a ‘whole of NDIA’ approach to increasing self-management of Scheme funds.

At 30 June 2017, 16 per cent of participants fully or partly self-managing their supports.

Table 1: Distribution of active participants by method of financial plan management at 30 June 2017 10, 11

Total 100%
Method Percentage
Self-managed fully 7%
Self-managed partly 9%
Plan-managed 11%
Agency-managed 73%


The Independent Advisory Council () are actively promoting the value of self-management through the establishment of a working group in late 2016.

All-day workshops in Melbourne on 3 November 2016 and 6 June 2017 included people with a lived experience of self-management (either through the NDIS or similar state and territory schemes), international expert Dr Sam Bennet, staff representatives, the , organisations supporting self-management such as the Community Disability Alliance Hunter () and the Growing Space.

10. Participants can use more than one method to manage their funding. This table is a hierarchy therefore each participant is only captured once. The hierarchy is: (1) self-managed fully, (2) self-managed partly (regardless of other methods being used), (3) anyone who does not fall into ‘self-managed partly’ and has a plan manager, and (4) anyone else. Back to reference

11. Trial participants are not included. Back to reference

Sunshine client Elias, on the left, talks to Sunshine CEO Rebecca Fletcher.

Rebecca Fletcher, CEO of NSW-based disability provider Sunshine, reflects on the NDIS transition and the Sydney Participant and Provider Pathway Review workshop held in April 2017.

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