Keen to learn more about NDIS cleaning, NDIS gardening and NDIS maintenance? We often get approached about these 3 supports and how to get them covered by the NDIS. So, let's take a closer look at how it all works.
Can the NDIS fund gardening, cleaning and home maintenance?
In short, yes. The NDIS can provide funding for cleaning, gardening and maintenance, but only if they are related to your disability and meet the reasonable and necessary criteria. For example, if you're unable to mow the lawn because of your disability, you can hire a gardener through your NDIS funds.
In some cases, the criteria for reasonable and necessary when it comes to NDIS cleaning, gardening or maintenance can get a little more complex. If you live in a share house (or at home with your parents) and are unable to clean your room, then the NDIS will cover the cost of a cleaner, but only to clean your room. As the rest of the house can be cleaned by the other residents, the NDIS doesn't consider it reasonable and necessary to cover the whole house.
Also, as a general rule, specialist supports that anyone (including people without disability) have a need to hire from time to time, like an electrician to rewire a socket or a plumber to fix water pipes, won’t be covered by the NDIS.
Use this chart to help you work out if you can use your NDIS funds to help pay for gardening, cleaning, or even a handyman:
How is it funded in my NDIS plan?
The NDIS includes activities, such as cleaning, gardening and home maintenance, under Support Category 1 (Assistance with Daily Living). This is a Core Support, so if you have funding in your plan’s Core budget you can use it to get help around the house or garden.
Another option is to enlist a Support Worker to assist you with the jobs you’re unable to do. This is described as ‘Assistance with Personal Domestic Activities’ and this also falls under the Assistance with Daily Living Support Category.
Do I need to use specific businesses that are registered with the NDIS?
Many cleaners, gardeners and handymen are small businesses who are unlikely to be registered with the NDIS, due to a lack of time or resources. Fortunately, if you are plan managed or self managed, you can still use your NDIS funding to access them. If you are NDIA managed, you will need to find a provider who has registered with the NDIS.
What else should I do when hiring someone?
If you’re ready to reach out to a gardener, cleaner or handyman, there are some simple steps you should take to make the experience as smooth as possible for both of you.
- Agree upon a price – the NDIS uses an hourly-rate system for these services, so you and your service provider will need to agree on how much this is prior to starting the job. Keep in mind the NDIS won’t pay for any amounts outside of the hourly rate, so any incidental costs will need to be built into it.
- Set up a service agreement – a service agreement is just a simple written contract that states what services will be delivered, why and at what price. It’s always a good idea to set up a service agreement with any service providers you engage.
- Show them our guide - because navigating the NDIS can be tricky for small businesses, we’ve put together a guide for gardeners, cleaners and handymen which covers things like invoicing correctly so the NDIS will pay them!
- Make sure the provider has a valid ABN (Australia Business Number) – although the cleaner, gardener or handyman do not need to be registered with the NDIS, they still need a valid ABN to claim their services.