Home modifications explained

Home modifications explained

Home modifications are changes to the structure, layout or fittings of a participant’s home so they safely access it and move around comfortably in areas they frequently use.

Home modifications may be included in your plan if:

  • due to the impact of your disability, you or your carers cannot reasonably access and use frequently used rooms and spaces in your primary residence;
  • your primary residence, in its current condition, has significant and adverse impacts on the sustainability of current living and care arrangements; and
  • a suitably qualified Occupational Therapist has performed an assessment and recommended home modifications, considering all possible alternatives, including the use of equipment.

As with any building work, there are laws and regulations that need to be adhered to when undertaking home modifications under the Scheme. Further detail is available in the Operational Guidelines.

Complex home modifications

Depending on the scope and complexity of the proposed home modifications, you may follow different processes. 

When complex home modifications are being considered, the NDIA may also fund oversight by a project manager or independent building certifier. 

A suitably qualified Occupational Therapist will generally be required to certify the effectiveness of the modification to meet your goals and likely future needs (during design and on completion of the works). 

The NDIA has published a Complex Home Modification Guide for builders and assessors (PDF 690KB) to explain what information the NDIA needs to approve assessments and quotes for complex home modifications works.

In some circumstances, the NDIA may fund reasonable and necessary supports related or incidental to home modifications. For example short term rent if you need to move out of your home during home modification building works. 

The NDIA will generally fund standard modifications and fittings. You may opt to use your own money to contribute to a more expensive finish or fixture that achieves the same or equivalent outcome as the supports in your NDIS plan. 

For example, a participant funded for a standard vanity unit may prefer a more expensive finish. In this example the participant pays any additional cost to have the vanity upgraded to their preferred finish. 

HM over $30,000

Where HM works will cost over $30,000, you will need to engage an NDIS Registered Building Works Project Manager (BWPM) for Complex Home Modifications (CHM) construction.  

The BWPM will work with you on the design and appointment of builders, and they may engage suppliers in consultation with you. 
Further detail is available in the Operational Guidelines.

Further information and resources

Visit the providing home modifications page for more information about:

  • Providing HM assessments
  • HM assessment template 
  • Providing HM quotes

Contact your local NDIS office

Do you have a question, request or urgent issue relating to home modifications? You can now email your local NDIA office directly. Find your local office.

This page current as of
6 June 2022