Planning for Success – NDIS Goal Examples

Goal Setting

People often feel lost or adrift in some (or all) aspects of life, having no real sense of what they are trying to achieve. This can be attributed to the fact that they may never have actually thought about what they want from life – almost like setting off on a major life journey with no end destination in mind.  A good life plan depends to a large extent on an individual’s ability to set goals.

What Are NDIS Goals?

NDIS goals are a list of the things that you want to achieve with the support of the NDIS. They are included in your NDIS plan and are formed in conjunction with your Local Area Coordinator and finalised in your planning meeting.

NDIS Goals Examples

Goal setting should also form the basis of your NDIS plan. To many this may seem like an overwhelming task. Every NDIS participant is different with vastly varying goals. NDIS goal examples are things like: 

  • Obtaining and keeping employment
  • Improving relationships
  • More independence in daily life
  • Learning a new skill
  • Improving overall health and wellbeing
  • Increasing confidence in daily money management
  • Making new friends
  • Building confidence to travel alone
  • Improved mobility

So, where to start to create effective NDIS goals and objectives for your plan that have clarity and focus?

SMART Goals - A NDIS Goal Setting Template

A widely used technique, the SMART method is an anagram outlining a road map for effective goal setting. SMART goals bring structure and trackability to your goals instead of vague resolutions that are easily forgotten and not easily measured.  We’ve outlined SMART goals below and some questions you may like to ask yourself as it relates to you and what you hope to achieve from your NDIS plan.

S = Specific: Specific, sensible and significant

Questions to ask:             

  • What do I want to accomplish?
  • Why is the goal important?
  • Who in involved?
  • Where is it located?
  • Which resources or limits are involved?

M = Measurable: Meaningful, motivating and having some quantifiable objective or objectives.

Questions to ask:            

  • How much?
  • How many?
  • How will I know when it is accomplished?

 A = Achievable: Agreed, attainable.

Questions to ask:            

  • How can I accomplish this goal?
  • Do I have control over this goal?
  • What constraints need to be considered?

R = Relevant: Reasonable, realistic and results based.

Questions to ask:            

  • Is this goal worthwhile?
  • Is this the right time?
  • Does this goal match our other goals?
  • Is this my goal or for someone else?
  • Is it applicable in the current environment?

  T = Time bound: An end point for reaching the objective or objectives.

Question to ask:              

When? One month, six months, 12 months, life of plan?

The NDIS aims to give participants independence and control, which puts responsibility for goal setting on the shoulders of the individual. There are many NDIS goals examples available online to help you work out what is important to you. This information is one of many NDIS goal setting templates available. It is of course up to the individual and their supports to use this (or any other framework) to develop their own meaningful goals as they see fit.

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By | 2021-05-06T01:53:30+00:00 April 16th, 2020|NDIS|Comments Off on Planning for Success – NDIS Goal Examples
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