What supports will NDIS fund?

After you've had your planning conversation, your NDIA planner will work out the best way to meet your reasonable and necessary support needs.   That may include things such as social participation, independence, education, employment, living arrangements, health and wellbeing.  These supports can help participants to:

  • achieve your goals and dreams
  • become more independent
  • improve your social life
  • learn how to participate more in the community


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The NDIS Act contains the rules about what which supports can and cannot be funded.  The funding that NDIS allows is broken up into three different support budgets. Depending on your circumstances, you may receive funding for one, two or all three support funding groups.  The three types of support budgets are core, capacity building and capital.

Core budget

This budget covers four types of support:

  • Consumables - everyday use aid items that you purchase
  • Daily activities - like assistance with self-care during the day or in the evenings
  • Social and community participation - assisting and supporting you to engage in social and recreational activities
  • Transport - if your disability prevents you from using public transport


Capacity Building budget

This budget has eight categories that match up to the goals in your plan.  These funds can be used to purchase the approved supports within each category:

  • Choice and control - for example training in managing your plan
  • Daily activity - aimed at building your capacity to participate
  • Employment - assessment and assistance related to employment
  • Health and well being - for example exercise advice that will help manage your disability
  • Home living - support for obtaining accommodation and independent living
  • Lifelong learning - assistance with training and education to improve your skills
  • Relationships - support strategies to assist in positive relationship building
  • Social and community participation - for example developing individual life skills for community and social participation

If you require support co-ordination to help access and implement supports, that is also included in the capacity building budget.

Capital Support budget

This budget is for assistive technology and home modifications and these funds can only be used for the specific purpose that they approved for.  Examples of the two categories are:

  • Assistive technology - equipment for mobility, personal care, community inclusion eg wheelchairs or vehicle modifications
  • Home modifications - for example a rail in the bathroom


What supports are not funded?

A support will not be funded if it:

  • isn't related to your disability
  • is a support that's already being provided through the NDIS
  • relates to everyday living expenses and not to actual support needs, or
  • might cause harm or pose a risk to someone


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Useful Links to
NDIS Fact Sheets

How to Use Your NDIS Plan
Support Budgets
How To Make A Service Agreeemtn
Assistance animal guidance