The NDIS can help pay support funding for individuals based on their needs, including daily personal activities, transport and mobility (such as wheelchairs), access to work and education, household tasks, home and vehicle modifications and therapeutic support.
There are three types of NDIS “support budgets” that may be funded in a person’s NDIS plan:
- The Core supports budget, which includes consumables (everyday items such as continence aids), low-cost equipment to improve your mobility (such as a walking stick), help with daily activities (such as household cleaning and yard maintenance), social and community participation and transport;
- The Capacity building budget, which includes helping participants achieve their goals in areas such as employment (help to find and keep a job), health (exercise and diet advice), education (assessment and training to move from school to further education) relationships (advice to develop positive behaviours and interact with others) and living arrangements (help with finding a place to live); and
- The Capital support budget, which is used to fund assistive technologies such as wheelchairs or vehicle modifications, and modifications to your home, such as the installation of a hand rail in the bathroom or ramp into the home.
Reasonable and necessary supports
The NDIS funds a range of supports and services which may include education, employment, social participation, independence, living arrangements and health and wellbeing.
In order to be considered reasonable and necessary, a support or service:
- must be related to a participant’s disability
- must not include day-to-day living costs not related to your disability support needs, such as groceries
- should represent value for money
- must be likely to be effective and work for the participant, and
- should take into account support given to you by other government services, your family, carers, networks and the community.
Supports not funded by the NDIS
The NDIS will not fund supports if it:
- is not related to the participant’s disability
- is the same as other supports delivered under different funding through the NDIS
- relates to day-to-day living costs that are not related to a participant’s support needs
- is likely to cause harm to the participant or pose a risk to others
- can be more appropriately or effectively delivered by another system, such as health or education.