How much funding can I get under the NDIS?
The aim of the NDIS is to offer flexibility and appropriate funding to meet your needs, rather than broad solutions that may not be suitable for everyone.
The NDIS is designed to cover all “reasonable and necessary supports”. Your funding can be used to pay for services, products, and assistive devices that will help you become more independent and engage more within the community. The specific things this covers is broad and it’s up to you, your carers and the NDIS to determine the exact type of support you need.
As a result, NDIS funding is determined on an individual basis – no two plans look the same, and there isn’t a set amount of funding for each person.
When you meet with your NDIS representative, they’ll ask you questions about your daily support needs, how you manage day-to-day activities, and what goals you have for increased social, economic and community interaction. From there, they’ll help you come up with a set of goals and outcomes, and determine the funding you need to achieve these.
Your initial plan runs for 12 months, but you can ask for it to be reviewed at any time if you feel it’s not helping you meet your goals.
Some things the NDIS can be used to pay for include:
- Daily consumables related to your disability like continence aids or food for an assistance dog. The NDIS can’t be used to cover your regular groceries, but you can use funding to pay for delivery or help with getting to the shops, if needed.
- Walking aids, communication devices, or prosthetics.
- Health services, physiotherapy and other occupational health services to improve mobility, social interaction or work activities.
- Home modifications, personal care and at-home services to assist with you remaining at home.
- Mobility aids and equipment such as wheelchairs, lifts, hearing aids and adjustable beds.
Find out more about how the NDIS can be used to purchase mobility aids and products for home, work and social activities here.