To better support NDIS participants during the extended coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we made a temporary change to funding arrangements for PPE in New South Wales and Victoria.
These changes apply where coronavirus (COVID-19) is active your community, and the use of PPE is consistent with current health advice.
From 29 July to 30 November you can recover the costs to purchase PPE items using your NDIS funds, if you;
- receive an average of at least one hour a day of face-to-face daily living supports, and
- live in Victoria or New South Wales.
The temporary measures in restricted areas of Queensland ended on 25 September 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.