Home modification assessments
Where a participant requires home modifications (HM), their plan will include funding for a home modifications assessment. The plan should also include advice on the scope of the home modification to be assessed (for example, improved access to the bathroom).
The Guide to Suitability in the Provider Toolkit (external website) (External website), provides details of the criteria to qualify a provider for HM assessments.
Depending on the scope and complexity of the proposed home modifications, participants may follow different processes. For further information refer to the NDIS Assistive Technology Complexity table.
Below is the template to help assessors and participants provide the information required by the NDIA.
- Home Modifications – Assessment Template (DOCX 115KB)
- Guidance for Home Modifications Assessors (DOCX 214KB)
- Guidance for Home Modifications Assessors (PDF 317KB)
The use of this template is strongly encouraged to ensure NDIA delegates have the necessary information for planning and approval. Delays may occur where information is provided in other ways or formats.
Complex home modification (CHM) assessments
The NDIA released interim guidance in early 2017 on the characteristics that an assessor of CHM supports should demonstrate:
- Professional qualifications and registration: Meet the Guide to Suitability requirements (external) (External website) for registration with the NDIA as an Occupational Therapist.
- A good understanding of the scope and purpose of the NDIS, particularly as it relates to the goals and use of supports in a participant’s plan to enable them to lead an ordinary life.
- At least one of:
- Professional Credential: Associate Member or above of the Association of Consultants in Access Australia (ACAA)
- Successful completion of Nationally Recognised Training modules CPPACC4020A and CPPACC5016A
- Employment at Senior Clinician level specifically responsible for CHM assessment
- NDIS Registered Providers who successfully completed NDIA authorised training in, and were selected through an Expression of Interest process for CHM assessment during the trial phase of the NDIS prior to 30 June 2016.
Further guidance on the competencies of providers and broader elements of CHM are being developed by the NDIA.
Where a participant requires complex home modifications (HM), their plan will also include funding to engage a building professional to consult with the participant and their Occupational Therapist on the recommended works.
You should confirm with the participant that there is adequate and appropriate funding available in the current plan to pay for the builder’s consultation, and that use of funding for this purpose has been agreed.
Providing home modifications quotes
Participants will generally be required to provide the NDIA with a quote from a builder. For modifications exceeding $15,000, two quotes may be required.
Quotes should include:
- sufficient detail to establish the dimensions of the area being modified (for example length, width and height of walls to be tiled);
- separate costing for each stage of the job (for example demolition, plumbing and electrical work may be separate stages);
- a description of any fixtures or items being provided by the builder (including make, model and cost); and
- an overall quote for the job, inclusive of GST.
The Provider Toolkit (external) provides more information about working with the NDIS, including how to be paid for providing supports and services to participants.