NDIS Support Categories
There are three different funding types included in your plan: Core, Capital and Capacity Building. Your supports will be organised into categories under these funding types.
Each of these categories relates to a specific outcome to reflect the goals and aspirations you’d like to achieve in your life. These categories can cover expenses you wouldn’t think of, so read up about each category and what it covers.
Core Supports are the basic things you need to live your daily life. Funding for Core Supports is flexible, which means you can use one Support Category’s funds to pay for another support – provided they’re both Core Supports (excluding Category 2 – Transport).
It’s possible to move your budgets from one Support Category to another to pay for your supports.
Assistance with Daily Living (Category 1)
- 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.
- Also funds respite care.
Transport Allowance (Category 2)
- 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 or your Plan Manager and in advance, usually fortnightly or monthly.
Consumables (Category 3)
- 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 assistive equipment - things like a walker, sensory equipment, kettle stabiliser, modified cutlery or apps for your tablet, smartphone and in some cases an iPad or tablet.
- Can also fund costs for an assistance dog, such as pet insurance and grooming services.
- Can also fund Auslan or services with an interpreter.
- An Occupational Therapist can help you determine what you need.
Assistance with Social & Community Participation (Category 4)
- 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.
NDIS Core Supports
Tristram takes us through what an NDIS plan looks like, the 3 different sections and the types of services included in Core Supports.
Capital Supports are larger, one-off items that support you in your daily life. They can include assistive technology, like wheelchairs or prosthetics, or modifications to make your home more suitable for you to live in.
Assistive Technology (Category 5)
- 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.
Home Modifications and Specialised Disability Accommodation (Category 6)
- 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
Tristram gives the low down on Capital Supports
Don’t miss Tristram’s Blue Steel moment and get his take on what Capital Supports can be used for, including his very own wheelchair and how he secured Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA).
Capacity Building Supports
This funding type supports you in building the skills to become more independent and includes supports such as therapy.
Support Coordination (Category 7)
- 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.
Improved Living Arrangements (Category 8)
- 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.
Increased Social & Community Participation (Category 9)
- 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).
Finding and Keeping a Job (Category 10)
- 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.
Improved Relationships (Category 11)
- Supports you to make positive changes that will improve your relationships and your life.
- Funds supports like psychology, social skills building and behavioural therapy.
Improved Health and Wellbeing (Category 12)
- 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.
Improved Learning (Category 13)
- Helps you transition from school to further education.
- Funds advice, help with applications or support through orientation.
Improved Life Choices (Category 14)
- 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.
Improved Daily Living (Category 15)
- 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.
Tristam explains Capacity Building
Learn more about Capacity Building, including how Tristam used these funds to pay for an occupational therapist to come into his home and help him make it more functional for his needs.