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What does the NDIS Fund?

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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

  • Household cleaning 

  • Yard maintenance

  • 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

  • Day programs 

  • Employment supports

  • Transport

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 modifications

  • Vehicle modifications

  • Mobility aids

  • Wheelchair

  • Communication devices

  • Hoists

  • Automated doors 

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

Skill-building supports can help people learn new skills and increase their independence. Examples include:

  • Travel training

  • Budgeting and management of life administration

  • Planning for life-stage transitions


Work

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)

Behaviour support

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:

  • Exercise Physiology

  • Personal Training

  • Dietician


Learning

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

  • Speech Therapy

  • Physiotherapy

  • Occupational Therapy

  • Hearing Supports

  • Disability Related Health Supports including Nursing

  • Therapy Assistants 

  • Speech pathology 


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.