The NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) helps to provide disability benefits and funding to Australians with intellectual, sensory, physical, cognitive, and psychosocial disabilities. Since the scheme was started in 2013, more than 400,000 Australians have reaped the benefits of this unique program.
If you’re not sure what your NDIS funds can be used for – you’re not alone! It can be tricky to work out what the NDIS covers and what it doesn’t.
Essentially The NDIS exists to close the gap between having a disability and not having a disability.
What NDIS Pays For
NDIS helps fund special-needs individuals in leading productive lives and being a vibrant part of the community. This includes funding for personal transport (such as wheelchairs), nutritional requirements, and household modifications.
To fully understand how and where you can use your funding. You need to understand the categories you NDIS Plan is broken into:
1. The Core Supports Budget
This includes assistance with daily meaning you can have a support workers to assist you to take part/complete day to day tasks such as showering, meals and community access (You can learn more HERE about how your support worker can assist you). Core Funding can also be used for items required for daily life activities such as consumable goods and mobility equipment such as walking sticks. You core supports funding is the most flexible of them all.
2. The Capacity Building Budget
This includes the help that participants may need in order to find and hold a job, health and dietary advice, and therapeutic support. It also may include funding required to arrange for living quarters.
3. The Capital Support Budget
This covers costs that can enable the participants to lead a better life, such as vehicle modifications that enable assistance. It also includes household modifications such as the installation of ramps into the house, or handrails in the bathroom.
What’s Not Covered By The NDIS?
While NDIS does cover a wide range of supports, there are certain types that aren’t covered under the scheme. Mainstream costs such utility bills, tuition fees for education, and study materials costs are not covered by the NDIS. The scheme also doesn’t cover supports that are funded by Medicare.
If you are still unsure how to make the most of your NDIS funding, Get in Touch with us today and we can assist you to understand your NDIS Plan.