Equipment/assistive technologies

Equipment/Assistive Technologies explained

Assistive technology (AT) includes pieces of equipment a person can use to help them do everyday tasks they can't do on their own. AT can help a person maintain greater independence and make tasks/activities easier and safer for them to do.

AT can be included in an NDIS plan if the NDIA believes it's a reasonable and necessary support that will meet your needs and help you achieve your goals.

Depending on the AT cost and complexity, participants may follow different processes.

Visit our Buying equipment/assistive technology page for more information about:

  • Identifying AT needs to include in your plan.
  • Choosing an equipment/AT support provider.
  • Buying or leasing equipment/AT and maintenance and repairs.
  • Understanding AT supports in your NDIS plan.
  • Managing AT supports under the NDIS.

You can also read NDIA's AT vision and Strategy.

Equipment/AT the NDIS will not fund

The NDIS will not fund items that are more appropriately funded by another body or agency (for example, the health sector).

These include, but are not limited to:

  • treatment or rehabilitation items (including therapy aids not used at home);
  • a public-built environment (for example, footpaths, ramps and lifts);
  • mainstream technology, like a car, which doesn't overcome functional limitation - however modifications to the car could be funded as AT (for example, including a steering wheel device to help a participant steer, or a lift in the rear of the vehicle to accommodate a wheelchair);
  • items and activities not including a device (for example, medicines or training).

Equipment/AT questions

You can find the email for your regional office and send them any equipment/AT questions, or call directly on 1800 800 110.

This page current as of
19 February 2019