What happens when your NDIS plan expires?

If you’re reading this article, you may be wondering what happens when your NDIS plan runs out or expires.


First of all, it’s crucial to understand how NDIS funding works and how long plans last. This article will provide answers to those questions and outline the steps to take when your NDIS plan expires.

How long do NDIS plans last?

Prior to COVID-19 changes, the NDIS usually required participants to schedule an annual review to renew their plans each year. Currently, if a review cannot occur the NDIS has automatically extended these NDIS plans for a additional year.

Participants can also now request plan durations of up to three years. If your needs are unlikely to change, long plans mean you can carry on with your daily activities without worrying about going through frequent review processes.

The NDIS has designed three-year plans for people who are:

In a stable situation with support needs that are unlikely to change

Confident that their funding will help them achieve their goals

Focused on long-term goals like gaining and maintaining employment, becoming active in the community, or learning new skills

For participants who do not meet these criteria, NDIS plans typically last for 12 months.

What if I want to make a change to my plan?

If you’re happy with your current plan and want to make changes, you can do so by contacting the NDIS.

Let them know you’d like to change your NDIS plan and be specific about the changes you’d like to make. If you have a new NDIS goal, explain which exact supports you will need to reach that goal.

In some cases, you will be required to take part in an NDIS plan review meeting before your change request is accepted. To continue working with a Plan Management team, you will need to request to have Plan Management included in your plan again.

How is transport funding included in my NDIS plan?

If there is a gap between your current plan ending and your new plan starting, providers can still offer services during this time. Once the NDIS has approved your new plan, they will extend your old plan to the day before your new plan is due to start.

Have a question or need extra help?

Understanding your NDIS plan can be difficult. The Plan Management experts at Instacare can answer any questions you may have or help you design your NDIS plan.