The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has rolled out across Queensland but there are many people who are yet to transition to the scheme. It is a big change to the way disability and lifestyle supports are funded, and there can be a high level of anxiety about what the NDIS means for people, and what the NDIS journey looks like.

Enter Simone Busch. Simone lives in picturesque Bargara, just outside Bundaberg, and her NDIS journey started back in 2013 when she first heard about the scheme. Simone is a keen writer, and has written about her NDIS experience.

She is also passionate about helping other people through their NDIS experience, and in our video series, she shares some useful advice and tips to people just starting their NDIS journey.

Preparing for the NDIS

Simone shares what happens before you have your first NDIS meeting, and how to get prepared.

Download our checklist to make sure you’re well prepared for when the NDIS comes to your area.

The NDIS plan meeting

Simone shares what the NDIS plan meeting is all about, and how hers went.


Download our checklist to make sure you’re well prepared for your plan meeting.

Receiving your NDIS plan

Hear from Simone what it’s like to receive your NDIS plan, and your next steps after you have the plan.


Download our checklist for when you get your NDIS plan.

Initiating an NDIS plan review

Simone talks us through deciding to initiate a plan review, and the steps she took to do so.


Download our checklist to help you initiate a plan review.

Here is some of Simone’s story, in her own words:

“My name is Simone Busch and I live in regional Queensland. Every 15 hours in Australia a child is born with Cerebral Palsy. I was one of those children.

“I am eligible for the NDIS. Everyone needs assistance at some point in their lives – people with disabilities are no different. That’s part of what the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is about.

“My tips for anyone beginning their own NDIS journey are: Be patient, it takes time. There are many stages in the process. Each one has a purpose; be prepared. You may need supporting documentation, and you will be asked lots of information. Believe in yourself, be a pioneer and know that the co-ordinators and staff members working to assist you are pioneers, too. The NDIS is a new horizon.”

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