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NDIS Category Confusion

NDIS Red Tape Confusion

Confused by their NDIS Plans

People are frequently confused by their NDIS plans and wonder what all of the categories signify. Don’t worry, we’ll explain everything.

Your NDIS plan may include three support budgets: core, capacity building, and capital support. Your NDIS planner will customise NDIS plan to include support budget categories and money related to attaining your goals and assisting you in your daily life.

Core Support

The core supports budget provides cash to keep your day-to-day duties related to your plan and life objectives. Your core payment will cover all your carer, support worker, cleaning, and other expected expenditures. The core budget is frequently adaptable between the four support budget categories, allowing you to spend your funds interchangeably. For example, you could allocate more of your core budget to continence items and less to transportation costs. Under core support, there are four budget support categories:

01: Assistance with Daily Life

Name on NDIS portal – “Daily Activities”. This budget will cover all expenses to assist you in your daily tasks. This could include:

  • personal care, cleaning, gardening or meal preparation (with approval from the NDIS)
  • assistance with laundry – linen service (with approval from the NDIS)
  • access to alternative living arrangements
  • short and medium-term accommodation and assistance (including the provision of respite care)
  • Supported Independent Living (SIL) options
  • assistance with daily life tasks provided in a residential aged care facility
  • nursing care to assist with your disability-related health needs.

02: Transport

Funding to cover transport expenses related to the impact of your disability, such as:

  • taxi expenses if you are unable to access public transport
  • specialised transport services to attend school, educational facility, employment, or the community

03: Consumables

Funding to pay for everyday items and low-risk/low-cost products, like:

  • products related to your disability, like nutritional supplements or continence products
  • interpreting and translating support
  • Auslan or signed English training
  • low-cost assistive technology for personal care and safety, such as modified cutlery and handrails to improve your independence and mobility – you may also use these funds to do minor repairs to aids and equipment (assistive technology), for example, wheelchair tyre puncture repair
  • low-cost assistive technology for prosthetics and orthotics

04: Assistance with Social, Economic and Community participation

Name on NDIS portal – “Social, community and civic participation”. Covers the cost to access and participate in the community, such as:

  • assistance with engaging in a community, social or recreational activity
  • support can be provided in a range of environments, such as in a community setting or centre
  • one-to-one support to assist you with attending a social outing, holiday, camp, class or specific interest/hobby, i.e. art, music, drama class
  • participate in sports and exercise, including joining a sporting club
  • assistance to attending a community events such as the movies
  • activity-based transport, including cost per km, parking, road tolls and public transport fares
  • support to maintain your current employment

Capital Support

The capital supports budget provides for things that help you cope with your impairment. These budgets are not particularly flexible and generally include certain items that were addressed in your planning meeting and authorised by the National Disability Insurance Agency in your plan.

05: Assistance Technology

Specialised technology or equipment, like a smart device, wheelchair, or app.

06: Home Modification

Funding for modifications to your home to make it simpler to live your regular life where your impairment imposes limitations. This might entail making changes to your kitchen or bathroom equipment.

Capacity Building Supports

The capacity development supports budget is money set aside particularly to help you improve your abilities and accomplish your goals.

07: Support Coordination

This budget allows you to claim support coordinating services. Support coordinators assist you in putting your strategy into action and organising your supports. They can assist you in connecting with the community and larger support systems, developing and designing support alternatives to help you in working towards your objectives and working with you to prepare for evaluation and reporting on what you’ve accomplished. Read on for advice on selecting the best support coordinator for you.

08: Improved Living Arrangements (CB Home Living)

This cash is intended to assist you in finding suitable housing so that you may live more independently, and it may cover someone to assist you in viewing houses or negotiating your contract. Assistance with applying for a rental property, completing tenancy duties, and confirming the house is suited for your needs may be provided.

09: Increased Social and Community Participation (CB Social Community and Civic Participation)

This is to pay for assistance in developing your abilities to reach the community. This might involve paying for a mentor or therapist to help build community independence skills.

This assistance can pay for tuition, art lessons, sports coaching, and other activities promoting independence and skill development. You can use this category to pay for capacity-building camps, workshops, and vacation activities. Transportation, depending on the action, is also provided.

10: Finding and Keeping a Job (CB Employment)

Funding to help you find jobs and get help with your job. This budget can be used to pay for a support worker to assist you at work or to assist you in finding a job that is a good fit for you, including on-the-job training to help you manage the demands of the position.

Life and work coaches, private recruiting experts, career counsellors, and job mentors are some more choices.

11: Improved Relationships (CB Relationships)

Assistance in developing your ability to connect and establish relationships in your community. This might involve financing for someone to assist you in developing your social skills or behavioural treatment services.

12: Improved Health and Wellbeing (CB Health and Wellbeing)

Personal trainers, exercise physiologists, and dietitians are examples of services that may help you maintain your own health and well-being.

13: Improved Learning (CB Lifelong Learning)

Access to services that will assist you in making the transition from school to higher education. This budget might pay for a support person to assist you in attending university or TAFE.

14: Improved Life Choices (CB Choice and Control)

This budget covers the cost of your plan manager. To obtain financing for a plan manager, request it during your planning or review meeting. Your plan manager will handle your NDIS plan’s financial and administrative work. If they are a competent plan manager, they will have helpful technology and a team of NDIS professionals to assist you in getting the most out of your NDIS plan.

15: Improved Daily Living (CB Daily Activity)

Funding for treatments and other programmes that will help you decrease the effect of your impairment. This might be a physiotherapist, speech pathologist, occupational therapist, or any other treatment that helps you become self-sufficient in your daily duties.

Update: capacity building supports in the future

The NDIA has declared that the three categories of support budgets (core, capital, and capacity building) will be phased out in favour of only two: fixed and flexible. These adjustments will be implemented gradually in the second half of 2021 when current plans expire, and new ones begin. So, if you’re due for a new plan, expect it to be in the new fixed and flexible structure.

To learn more about additional forms of financing or NDIS jargon, see NDIS Category Confusion or NDIS Dictionary: Breaking Down the Jargon.

If you have any questions regarding how to use your funds, please contact us by phone or email, and we will gladly assist you.

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