Your Capital Support Budget and how it works.
Capital assistance is one of three supporting types budgeted under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). We go through what it includes and how it works.
This budget covers more expensive assistive technology and equipment, house or car renovations, and other one-time purchases. The other two forms of support budgets are core support and capacity-building supports, which cover expenditures connected to your day-to-day care and the development of skills and competence. These three support budgets work together to help you achieve the goals in your NDIS plan.
Capital assistance is divided into two budget categories: assistive technology and house improvements. Some assistive technology and equipment – low-cost and low-risk goods – are claimed from the core budget’s flexible consumables category. The capital supports budget is not flexible, and it will typically only cover special equipment or adjustments addressed in your planning meeting and authorised by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) in your plan.
05: Assistive Technology
This category covers specialised technology or equipment to assist in living more independently, like:
- Smart devices
- Wheelchairs and other mobility equipment
- Vehicle modifications
- Electric beds
- Bathing and toileting equipment
- Vision assistive technology
- Repairs and maintenance for equipment
- Assistive technology rental costs
- Assistive products for personal care and safety (bed/mattress, personal alarms, and so on)
- Communication devices
- Hearing assistive technology
- Assistance dog (including guide dog)
- Prosthetics and orthotics
- Custom shoes
- Transfer equipment.
06: Home Modifications and Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA)
This category includes money for structural improvements to your house that will make it simpler for you to live your daily life where your impairment imposes impediments. This might involve changes to your kitchen, entry, or bathroom equipment.
This budget will cover the costs of your home alteration project’s evaluation, delivery and set up, adjustment, and upkeep.
This funding will also support specialised housing for participants with high needs requiring specialised housing to offer services.
Spending your capital budget
The NDIA is generally extremely clear about how your cash for assistive technology or home modification should be spent. During your planning appointment, your planner or LAC will discuss how and where you may purchase products from the budget. If capital supports are required, the LAC or planner will typically add a capital supports category to the plan while waiting for a quote. This means you must obtain an estimate from a provider (such as the store where you will purchase your assistive equipment or the contractor who will complete your house alteration). The estimate must then be submitted to the NDIA for approval before financing may be made available to acquire the equipment or begin the project.
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.