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NDIS Support Categories

Core supports

Core supports are basic things you need to live your daily life. This funding is quite flexible, so you can move your budget from one Core Support category to another.

  • Supports you to be as independent as possible at home.
  • Funds activities such as support with preparing your meals, house cleaning, gardening, showering and dressing.
  • Funds respite care as well.

  • May be available to you if you can’t use public transport because of your disability
  • Helps cover the cost of suitable transport so you can access the supports you need outside your home.
  • You or your transport provider will be paid directly by the NDIA and in advance, usually every fortnight.
Click here for more information about Transport and the NDIS.

  • Are supplies you use every day and need because of your disability.
  • Covers ‘off the shelf’ items like nutrition products, continence products, colostomy bags and dressing aids.
  • Can also cover small, low risk and low cost adaptive equipment - things like a walker, sensory equipment, kettle stabiliser, modified cutlery or apps for your tablet or smartphone. Click here to find out more about tablets and other tech. 
  • Can also fund costs for an assistance dog, such as pet insurance and grooming services.
  • An Occupational Therapist can help you determine what you need.
  • Doesn't cover your medicines. 

  • Provides support for you to participate in community, social and recreational activities.
  • Covers the support you need to participate, but generally does not cover the cost of the actual activity (the actual activity may be funded in the category 'Increased Social & Community Participation (Category 9)').  
  • So for instance, tickets for concerts or sport events will generally not be covered, but you could use your funds for a support worker to help you attend these events (including the entry costs for the support worker).

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Capital supports

This funding is for more significant, ‘one off’ items that you need to support you in your daily life. These supports are not flexible, so you can't move budget from one category to another. You must use the funds for the products that were agreed upon in your planning meeting. Generally these items will cost more than $1500 and you will need a quote to be approved by the NDIA before you can purchase them.

  • Covers specialised technology or equipment.
  • Provides funds for things like wheelchairs, prosthetics and orthotics, portable hoists, vehicle modifications, braille resources and even the cost of acquiring a guide dog.
  • Requires an assessment from a therapist and a quote from a provider.
  • Also includes the costs for repair of disability-related equipment.
For more information about Assistive Technology, click here.

  • Funds changes or additions to your home that make it more suitable for you to live an independent life, such rails or ramps.
  • Can also include the cost of a project manager to implement the modifications
  • May also fund the costs of living in a Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) registered accommodation.

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Capacity-building supports

This funding type supports you in building skills to become more independent. You can’t move budget from one category to another - you have to spend it on the agreed services or activities.

  • Helps you find and connect with the best supports for you so you can live the life you want and achieve your goals.
  • Supports you with issues that might arise with your service providers.
  • Plan Partners provides Support Coordination.

Find out more about Support Coordination here.

  • Helps you find, secure or keep suitable accommodation for you.
  • Includes helping you transition to more independent living.
  • May include going to inspections, finding a group home, or support with negotiating contracts.

  • Helps you participate in community activities that build your skills and independence.
  • Funds all kinds of activities, such as study, life skills training or sports coaching.
  • Can also fund the cost of a mentor to help you build your independence.
  • Does not fund someone to support you participating in an activity. This is funded in the category 'Assistance with Social & Community Participation' (Category 4).

  • Supports you to get, or keep, a job
  • Funds supports like help with a resume and support at interviews
  • Can also fund preparation to move into work after school or some time away from work.

  • Supports you to make positive changes that will improve your relationships and your life.
  • Funds supports like psychology, social skills building and behavioural therapy.

Click here to read more about Therapy Services.

  • Helps you support, maintain or increase your physical mobility or wellbeing if that is limited by your disability.
  • Covers supports like dietitians and exercise physiologists or personal trainers. 

Click here to read more about Therapy Services.

  • Helps you transition from school to further education.
  • Funds advice, help with applications or support through orientation.

  • Helps you to build your financial and organisational skills.
  • Includes Plan Management, which supports you in managing your NDIS supports.
  • Plan Partners provides Plan Management.

Read more about Plan Management here.

  • Helps you develop basic skills you need to get more from your day-to-day life.
  • Funds activities like physio and OT, speech therapy, early childhood intervention strategies and group therapy. 
  • Some psychology and exercise physiology can also be funded from this category.
  • Will also fund you for any assessments and reports you need during your plan or before a review of your plan to assess your developing needs.

Click here to read more about Therapy Services.

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