One of the most effective tools in preventing the spread of COVID-19 is Personal Protective Equipment, or PPE, like gloves and masks.

To keep participants and providers safe and supported through the pandemic, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) have made it possible to buy PPE with NDIS funding. In this article we’ll explain who is eligible, what equipment you can buy, and share a great way to save time and hassle on your PPE orders.

Can I buy PPE with my NDIS funding?

Yes – you can use your Core funding to buy PPE if you receive face to face supports. For example, if you want to wear a mask and gloves when your support worker comes to visit, you can use your NDIS funds to pay for them.

If you don’t receive any supports in person, you will have to purchase PPE with your own money. For example, if you want to buy a mask to wear when you go shopping, that is considered a personal expense and you’ll have to pay for it out of your own pocket.

What sort of equipment can I buy?

The PPE you can purchase with your NDIS funds includes face masks, face shields and gloves.

Generally, hand sanitiser isn’t counted as PPE or covered by the NDIS. However, if you find that you’re getting through a lot of it while receiving face to face supports, you should be able to pay for it using your NDIS plan.

Can my service provider charge me for their PPE?

That depends on whether there’s a significant risk of COVID-19 where you live. The NDIA make this temporarily available in states or territories when there’s an outbreak. So sometimes providers can charge you for their PPE, while at other times they cannot. Keep an eye on the NDIS website or our Facebook page for the latest updates on whether this is available in your region or not.

Even when this is made available, your providers will need to get your permission before they can invoice you for their PPE. They can also only charge you for the specific equipment they wear while providing supports to you in person.

An easier way to buy PPE

Most PPE purchases involve buying it with your own money and then getting the NDIA to pay you pay back using your NDIS funding. Not only does this mean you’re left out of pocket for at least a day, there’s also a bit of admin work involved.

We’ve partnered with Officeworks to make it quicker and easier for our customers to buy PPE. If you’re eligible, just give us a call on 1300 333 700 and place an order for facemask or gloves. We’ll then work with Officeworks to take care of the rest and get you your PPE without you ever being out of pocket or having to fill out any forms or submit invoices. 

Learn more about this exciting initiative, which also works for iPads and other low-cost tech.

What budget does PPE come out of?

Any PPE purchases come out of your Core supports budget (with the Low-Cost Disability-Related Health Consumables line item).