If you’d like funding for respite care included in your plan, you will need to request it in your planning or plan review meeting.
In this meeting, you should explain how much support you require and how your informal support network or carer help to deliver that support day-to-day. Try to highlight the effect this has on both of you, and how STA would help the situation.
As with all planning meetings, you should take any documents that support what you’re saying – this is especially important when it comes to STA. Some examples of documentation you could take to increase your chances of receiving funding for STA would be a report from an Occupational Therapist or a Psychologist. A letter from one of your informal supports, explaining their role and why respite care would help give them a break to avoid burn-out, can also be very useful.
Essentially, you should take any evidence that makes it easier for the NDIS to understand your situation and why it’s reasonable and necessary for you to receive respite care.