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NDIS Plan Funding Types
What supports are funded by the NDIS?
There are 3 key funding areas of Core, Capacity Building and Capital funding. Read on below for details of what each funding area covers.
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Core Funding – for accessing Core Supports
This area of funding within a participant’s NDIS plan is specifically allocated to ‘Core Supports’. A core support is an activity that helps a participant with their everyday life. For example, Support Workers.
Core Supports help a participant work towards their goals outlined in their plan and grant choice and control. This budget is the most flexible, and in most cases can be used across all of the support categories (highlighting a participant’s ability to exercise choice and control).
The 4 core categories are as follows:
- Daily Activities (Assistance with Daily Life) – Assistance with everyday needs, household cleaning and/or yard maintenance. For example, support work delivered by a support worker.
- Consumables – Low cost, low risk and non-modified everyday items participants may need. For example, continence products or low-cost assistive technology and equipment to improve a participants independence and/or mobility.
- Social, Community and Civic participation (Assistance with Social & Community Participation) – This funding covers the support NDIS participants need to meet goals relating to participating in community, social or recreational activities. For example, a support worker accompanying a participant to a day program.
- Transport – This is support that helps participants travel to work or other places that will help them pursue the goals in their plan. For example, a participant using a taxi service to travel to their supports
Capacity Building Funding – for accessing Capacity Building Supports
An area of funding within a participants NDIS plan, Capacity Building supports are intended to build participants independence and reduce their need for the same level of support into the future.
Unlike Core Supports, Capacity Building is a static category and cannot be moved from one support category to another.
Funding can only be used to purchase approved individual supports that fall within that Capacity Building category.
More information can be found on this website: NDIS website
The 9 capacity building categories are as follows:
- Support Coordination & Psychosocial Recovery Coach – This is a fixed amount of funding for a Support Coordinator to help participants use their plan – usually NDIA managed.
- CB Home Living (Improves Living Arrangements) – Support to help participants find and maintain an appropriate place to live.
- CB Social Community and Civic Participation (Increased Social & Community Participation) – Development and training to increase participants skills so they can participate in community, social and recreational activities.
- CB Employment (Finding & Keeping a Job) – Includes employment-related support, training and assessments that help participants find and keep a job. For example, the school leaver employment supports.
- CB Relationships (Improved Relationships) – Will help participants develop positive behaviours and interactions with others.
- CB Health and Wellbeing (Improved Health & Wellbeing) – Including exercise or dietary advice to manage the impact of the participant’s disability (The NDIS does not fund gym memberships).
- CB Lifelong Learning (Improved Learning) – Examples include training, advice and help for participants to move from school to further education, such as university or TAFE.
- CB Choice and Control (Improved Life Choices) – Plan management to help participants manage their plan, funding and paying for services – includes a monthly a set-up fee cost built into the plan.
- CB Daily Activity (Improved Daily Living) – most invoices from CB are claimed from this category. This is for the assessment, training or therapy to help increase a participant’s skill, independence and community participation. These services can be delivered in groups or individually.
Capital Funding – for accessing Capital Supports
Capital Supports are an area of funding within a participants NDIS plan, includes higher-cost pieces of assistive technology, equipment (under Assistive Technology category) and home or vehicle modifications and Specialist Disability Accommodation (under Home Modification Category). Capital supports funding cannot be used to pay for anything else.
In most cases these support items are to be approved by the NDIS prior to processing for payment.
- Assistive Technology – This budget has been put in place by the NDIS to help participants purchase items they need to do something that their disability does not allow them to do. This may come in the form of a low-risk or high-risk AT; ranging from items such as a car seat to a motorised wheelchair
Learn more about this on the NDIS website
- Home Modifications – Home modifications are safety, accessibility, or comfortability alterations to a participant’s home. These can be considered prior to a plan’s review/start by a qualified surveyor, occupational therapist or NDIS delegate. These modifications may include the installation of a ramp or a bathroom renovation to suit one’s disability.
Learn more about this on the NDIS website