How the NDIA will work out a Personalised Budget
In the proposed approach, you will complete an independent assessment which will give us information about your circumstances, including your:
- functional capacity in different areas of life
- support needs
- personal situation such as your living arrangements, informal supports, life stage, age and location.
To understand your functional capacity and support needs, your Assessor will use a number of assessment tools. The tools you complete will depend on your age.
These tools will produce scores which show us your level of functional capacity and support needs.
To draft your Personalised Budget we will use these scores to match you with a funding amount that is reasonable and necessary for most participants with similar assessment results.
How the NDIA is building the new budget model
We’re still designing and testing Personalised Budgets. We are taking more time to listen to feedback from the community so any changes we make will help deliver a better NDIS.
We’re using two sources of information to develop the model to determine draft Personalised Budgets:
- Participant profiles. We have used participant data to come up with profiles that represent the many different groups of NDIS participants. Allied health professionals and expert planners in the NDIA have developed 400 profiles so far.
- Independent assessment data. This is being collected from over 4,000 participants who have agreed to take part in the second independent assessment pilot.
We have invited participants to take part in the pilot to represent different age groups, disability types and levels of function.
We will use the profiles and the independent assessment data to come up with the budget model for Personalised Budgets.
More plan flexibility
Now, at planning meetings, participants and planners and/or Local Area Coordinators talk about all the supports a participant may need. We negotiate each one of those supports and we make a decision about if it is reasonable and necessary.
Because a participant’s budget is made up of funds for individual supports, budgets aren’t as flexible as they need to be. Having three budget categories (core, capital, and capacity building) "locks" funds away for certain types of supports. Even the core budget, which is the most flexible, doesn’t always let participants use their budget the way it would best support them.
Personalised Budgets don’t start with negotiating each support. It starts with the idea that participants should be able to use their budget in the way that best works for them.
By moving to Personalised Budgets, participants will have one flexible budget and one fixed budget.
The fixed budget will be for some specific supports a participant needs, like high cost home modifications.
Everything else will be funded in the flexible budget to give participants choice and control over their funds.
Personalised Budgets help us give participants real choice and control over their NDIS plans. It lets participants pursue their goals the way that best suits them.