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What does the NDIS Fund?
The NDIS funds individualised supports for eligible people.
This means that the amount and type of funding a person has in their NDIS Plan is customised based on their goals, support needs and the supporting evidence they provide.
The NDIA uses funding criteria based on legislation to decide whether to fund a support. The NDIS only funds disability supports that are assessed to meet all of the ‘reasonable and necessary’ criteria.
While the types and amounts of support funded will be different for each NDIS participant, below are some examples of the types of support that might be funded by the NDIS (this is not an exhaustive list!):
Assistance in the home
NDIS funds can be used to ensure a person is safe and supported in their home. Examples include:
Support worker assistance with activities of self-care, including: showering, dressing, personal hygiene, cooking and more
Meal preparation and delivery
Support to access the community
NDIS funds can be used to support a person to participate in the life of the community. Examples include:
Support to attend social events or go to work
Access to equipment and technology
Assistive Technology (AT) is equipment, technology and devices that can help people do things more easily and safely, and with less assistance from other people. Examples include:
Home and living
The NDIS can fund supports that enable people to live in safe and accessible homes. Examples include:
Home modifications: changes to a person’s home to help them manage their disability
Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA): purpose-built housing for NDIS participants with extreme functional impairments and/or very high support needs
Supported Independent Living (SIL): support for daily living activities, usually in a shared living environment
Individualised Living Options (ILO): flexible funding to support people in their homes
Short term accommodation (STA): short stays away from home, including respite support
Medium term accommodation (MTA): up to 90 days of accommodation for people who can’t move into their long-term home because disability supports aren’t ready
Assistance with Tenancy Obligations
Support navigating the NDIS
These are supports to help people navigate the NDIS, use their NDIS Plans, strengthen their support networks, achieve their goals and link to other services.
Some NDIS Plans include funding for Support Coordination and/or Psychosocial Recovery Coaching.
The NDIS also funds the Partners in the Community Program that includes Local Area Coordinators and Early Childhood Partners.
Skill-building supports can help people learn new skills and increase their independence. Examples include:
Budgeting and management of life administration
Planning for life-stage transitions
The NDIS can fund supports that help people find and keep a job.
Employment related assessments and counselling
Support in the workplace
School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES)
Some people will get NDIS funding to support them with their behaviour support needs.
This may include funding for a Specialist Behaviour Support Practitioner to develop a Behaviour Support Plan (BSP) and train a person's workers to provide positive behaviour support.
Health and wellbeing
Health and wellbeing supports can help people manage and improve their physical wellbeing. Examples include:
Learning supports can help people build skills and transition from school to further education.
Assistance managing NDIS funding
People can choose to have their NDIS funding Plan-Managed. This means that the NDIS will fund a financial intermediary to pay providers, monitor the budget and keep financial records on the participant’s behalf.
Therapies and allied health support
Therapeutic supports focus on building capacity, skills and independence. This can be through assessments, training and therapy.
Early Childhood Supports
Disability Related Health Supports including Nursing
The NDIA website also lists some examples of supports that can be funded. This article aims to educate people on what's possible under the NDIS, but remember where we started. NDIS funding is individualised and what is reasonable and necessary for one person may be different for another.
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