16 Nov NDIS Funding for Gardeners, Cleaners & Maintenance Workers Explained
To put it simply, yes!
The NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) can in fact provide funding for things such as gardening, cleaning and home maintenance. However, there is some criteria that needs to be met.
Firstly, they need to be directly related to your disability and your goals, and secondly, the usual reasonable & necessary criteria will need to be met. Every person’s circumstances are different, and what may be funded for one person, may not be for another.
In general, if your disability prevents you from performing a certain task, such as household cleaning, vacuuming, mowing the lawn etc then you may be able to use your NDIS funds to pay for this.
For example, if your disability prevents you from being able to mow your lawn, you will be able to hire a gardener with your NDIS funding.
What if I live in a share house?
If you live in a share house, the NDIS will provide funding for cleaning and maintenance for your living space, if you are unable to do this yourself. However, it is not considered reasonable and necessary to provide NDIS funding for the rest of the residence that is occupied by others.
How is it funded?
Most NDIS plans will consist of a Core, Capacity and Capital budget. The funding for a cleaner, gardener or home maintenance worker will come out of your Core Support budget.
Within your Core Supports Budget there is a category called “Assistance with daily living”, the purpose of which is to assist and support persons with disability to live independently.
Accessing registered and non registered providers
If your NDIS plan is plan managed or self managed you have the freedom to access both registered and non registered providers.
Agency managed NDIS participants however, are limited to the use of NDIS registered provider(s).
What types of home maintenance might be covered by my NDIS plan?
You may be able to use your NDIS funds to pay for:
- lawn mowing
- garden maintenance
- trimming edges
- household tasks
What can I not use my NDIS funds for?
As stated above, your NDIS funds can be used to pay for certain activities that your disability may prevent you from doing yourself. However, the NDIS will not provide funds for tasks and/or specialists that a person without a disability would ordinarily need to engage to perform a task. For example, a specialist landscaper to install a water fountain, or an electrician to install a smoke alarm etc.
Is pest control covered by the NDIS?
Yes, you can use allocated funds for pest control for things such as mice, rats, roaches, possums, spiders, fleas, mosquitoes etc.
How do I know if cleaning, gardening or home maintenance is in my NDIS plan?
If you have a budget allocated to the “Assistance with Daily Living” category of your Core Supports Budget, then you are able to use this funding to access supports such as house cleaning, gardening and home maintenance.
How do I find a service provider?
There are many online resources you can use to find service providers, and if you are self or plan managed you are not limited to only NDIS registered providers. Google, the NDIS provider finder and Clickability are all great places to start.
You can learn more about NDIS Service Providers here.