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New course – ‘The Succession Planning Puzzle’

VALID has received a project grant through the Victorian State government Supporting Carers Locally Program.   The project aims to deliver the courses and then support the families who attend with succession planning for their family member with a people with disability.   

This Succession Planning course is free for family members of people with disability who live in Victoria.  It includes four core sessions and three optional sessions:

·           To assist you to ‘map’ out what things you need to put in place for the future


·           Information on options for financial, accommodation and legal issues

·           Setting up your family member to receive ‘quality of care’, e.g. Circle of Support

·           Optional sessions will have guest speakers on Wills, trusts, Supportive Attorneys, Guardianship & Admin and what accommodation support is funded by the NDIS

To register for these limited courses (only 16 courses with 8 people in each), please complete the Registration Form on the flyer (link below)


Sorry all places in the 2021 courses are full, but we have places left in the 2022 courses in April – May  

2022 Succession Planning course flyer and registration form

photo of four hands holding one different coloured jigsaw piece each. text includes 'a free course for family members of people with disability' and 2022 is circled to highlight it.


Managing your NDIS plan – courses and workshops

Our signature NDIS training course is available online in both the daytime and evening. This online course is delivered over four weeks and covers everything you need to know about managing your NDIS plan. 

There is a cost for this course, which can be claimed by nominees as ‘carer training’ in the participant’s NDIS Plan.

Whether you’re managing your own NDIS plan or a family member’s plan, navigating how the system works and ensuring you’re getting the best outcomes can be difficult.

The learning curve can be steep, and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the process.

Our online training courses and workshops will help you to feel in control of your NDIS plan. We offer training and workshops on all elements of the NDIS process – from how the NDIS works, to refresher workshops updating you on recent changes to the NDIS.

Who should attend?

  • Family members managing a family member’s NDIS plan
  • Individuals self-managing their NDIS plan
  • NDIS support workers who want to help participants to get the most from their NDIS plan

What is covered in the course?

  • Session one – How the NDIS processes work, including recent changes
  • Session two – Getting effective support from your NDIS package
  • Session three – Developing a plan for the future
  • Session four – How to manage plan supports and funding

Cost of the course

This course costs $400 – to cover course materials and running costs. This can be funded through your NDIS plan. For assistance with your NDIS claim for this course, please contact Maree Hewitt at [email protected]

Please Register two weeks before courses start, so we have time to post a course folder to you, which includes Session Booklets, templates and a USB with resources on most things disability.

How to sign-up

Fill out our registration form either electronically or by hand and email your completed form to [email protected]

July – August Course

download July- August Flyer

Frequently Asked Questions

Your questions answered here

If you’re not sure if this course is right for you or need some further information please email Maree Hewitt at [email protected]

Why choose a VALID NDIS training program?

  • We’ve been providing NDIS training since it was introduced in 2016.
  • We’re constantly refining our training to keep up to date with NDIS changes and best practice.
  • Our programs are delivered by trainers with lived experience in managing NDIS plans for family members.
  • We’re an independent, award-winning, not for profit organisation.
  • We exist to help empower people with a disability and their families.
  • We have been advocating for people with a disability since 1989.

Our approach for families

We actively engage with families to empower them and encourage person-centred approaches.

Families are often the primary source of information, support, guidance and advocacy for people with a disability. It makes sense to invest in ensuring families are well-informed and well-supported to play that role positively and effectively.

We support you to:

  • Be partners in advocating for the rights and interests of your family member with a disability
  • Be allies in the provision of support to your family member
  • Improve your understanding of your responsibilities, as well as the rights and the responsibilities of staff and service providers
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