To better support NDIS participants during the extended coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we made a temporary change to funding for PPE in restricted areas.
These changes apply where coronavirus (COVID-19) is active your community, and the use of PPE is consistent with current health advice.
You can use your NDIS funds to purchase PPE items when:
- you receive an average of at least one hour a day of face-to-face daily living supports, and
- receive those supports in:
- Victoria or New South Wales - between 29 July 2020 and 28 February 2021
- Restricted areas of Queensland - between 8 January and 22 January 2021
- South Australia - between 19 November and 23 December 2020.
If you need PPE items like face masks, face shields and gloves you can use your core supports budget to purchase these items.
Plan and self-managed participants can purchase PPE and record and claim their purchases in the usual way. Agency-managed participants can purchase PPE through registered providers.
Participants who receive an average of at least one hour a day of face-to-face daily living supports can access up to $50 per week from their budget for PPE for their use when their support worker is supporting them.
If you need to purchase face coverings or masks for use outside the home, this is still an everyday expense, and you cannot use your NDIS funds to pay for them.
Generally, the ordinary use of hand sanitiser is a personal expense.
However, if you receive close personal support and find that you are using more hand sanitiser than you would under normal circumstances, you can use your NDIS plan to cover the cost of extra hand sanitiser.
You can use the Low Cost Disability-Related Health Consumables line item in your core supports budget to purchase hand sanitiser, as you would for PPE like gloves and face masks. Funding the extra cost of hand sanitiser is a temporary change during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.