Not all types of support required by a person living with a disability fall under the responsibility of the NDIS .
Some supports are funded by other areas of government (e.g. state health systems) or existing public/community services.
In general, the NDIS will fund reasonable and necessary supports that help a person living with a disability enjoy an ordinary life.
These supports and services fall into three categories.
A support that assists with activities of daily living.
A support for an investment, such as assistive technologies; equipment and home or vehicle modifications; or funding for capital costs (e.g. to pay for Specialist Disability Accommodation).
A support that helps build independence and skills.
Common examples of supports provided or funded by the NDIS include:
- Help with personal care activities and/or household tasks
- Home and vehicle modifications
- Assistive technology, aids and mobility equipment, including set up and training by skilled personnel
- Transport to enable participation in community, social, economic and daily life activities, e.g. workplace, gym or places of learning
- Support to find and keep a job
- Therapeutic supports like occupational therapy, speech therapy and behaviour support
- Health-related supports (as long as they are a regular part of your patient’s life and the need for them arises from a disability), e.g. continence, diabetic management, dysphagia, epilepsy, nutrition, podiatry, respiratory and wound and pressure care supports (see the Disability-related health supports page for full details).
If you are uncertain if the supports your patient requires are funded by the NDIS, refer the patient to a Local Area Coordinator for further advice before proceeding with an Access Request, as other public or community services may be more appropriate.