Funding Options

Once your plan is approved there will be three different ways that you can manage your funds.

These are:

  • Agency-managed: The NDIA makes payments to care/support providers chosen by you.
  • Self-managed: You manage your plan’s financial and administration process. You will pay support providers and the NDIA reimburses you.
  • Plan management provider: You engage another organisation to undertake the financial management for you.

You may wish to consider these points when making your choice:


  • Could be the easiest for you
  • Little financial management required from you
  • No costs for you
  • You have to choose an NDIA registered service provider


  • Great for people who like full control
  • The Agency pays you the first month upfront, which you use for payments and then claim the costs back
  • You can purchase supports from service people not registered with the NDIS
  • Requires strong financial management skills and record keeping
  • May take up a lot of your time managing the process

Plan management provider

  • Could be easier for you than self-managed
  • The provider may assist with hiring and paying staff
  • They provide you with complete paperwork and records
  • There will be fees involved

The families in our NDIS information sessions talk about how they choose to manage their funds.

Read our Navigating NDIS funding options blog

NDIS information sessions