Understanding NDIS Funding Categories

Understanding NDIS Funding Categories

NDIS Funding Categories… You may know them as NDIS budget categories, NDIS support categories or NDIS plan categories.

Regardless of whether you have a self-managed or a professionally managed NDIS plan, you have probably noticed that your NDIS funding is broken up into up to three funding categories. Each of these categories serve their own purpose.

These are the Core support budget, Capital support budget and Capacity building budget.
In order to make the most from your NDIS plan funding it is important to understand these budgets and what they can be used for.

Core Supports Budget

Your Core supports are there to assist you with everyday life. This is the most flexible of the budget categories, giving you the ability to use this funding across any of the associated support categories. The categories within your Core Supports Budget include:

Assistance With Daily Life (Daily Activities):

This category is here to assist and enable you to live as independently as possible both at home and in the community. This funding can be used for things such as assistance with everyday needs, household cleaning and/or yard maintenance.

Consumables:

Consumables are any daily items you may require to manage your personal disability-related needs. This might include continence products or low-cost assistive technology and equipment to improve your independence and/or mobility.

Assistance with social and community participation (Social, community and civic participation):

Your Assistance with social and community participation budget is there to help you participate and interact in the community. You could use this funding to hire a support worker to assist you in doing so. 

Transport:

This is support that helps you travel to work or other places that will help you pursue the goals in your plan. How you can spend your transport funding and how it is paid to you (whether upfront or in regular payments) will be different for each person.

Capacity Building Supports Budget

Your Capacity building support budget is there to help you gain your independence and any skills you may need to reach your plan goals. The funding in this budget may not be moved from one support category to another like in your Core budget.
The categories within your Capacity Building Supports budget include:

Support Coordination:

This is a fixed amount to enable you to engage a Support Coordinator to help you to utilise your plan.

Improved Living Arrangements (CB Home Living):

This category is to assist you in finding and maintaining appropriate accommodation.

Increased Social and Community Participation (CB Social Community and Civic Participation):

This category enables you to develop your skills so you can participate in community, social and recreational activities.

Finding & Keeping a job (CB Employment):

This may include employment-related support such as training and assessments that help you find and keep a job. Eg. The school leaver employment supports.

Improved Relationships (CB Relationships):

This support will assist you in developing positive behaviours and interacting with others.

Improved health and wellbeing (CB Heath and Wellbeing):

This may include exercise or diet advice to manage the impact of your disability.
*This does not fund gym memberships.

Improved Learning (CB Lifelong Learning):

This support allows you to participate in training and to receive advice and help to transition from school to further education, such as university or TAFE.

Improved Life Choices (CB Choice and Control):

This support provides funding for plan management to help you manage your plan, funding and pay for services.

Improved Daily Living (CB Daily Activity):

This support is about increasing your skills, independence, and community participation. Eg. Assessments, training, or therapy. These services may be delivered in groups or individually.

Capital Supports Budget

The third budget category is the Capital Supports Budget. This budget supports assistive technology, equipment, home and vehicle modifications, and funding of one-off purchases you may need. Your Capital Supports budget can only be used for its specific stated purpose and is not transferrable. The two categories within the Capital Supports budget include Assistive technology and Home Modifications:

Assistive Technology:

This includes equipment items necessary for mobility, personal care, communication and recreational inclusion. This may be wheelchairs or vehicle modifications.

Home Modifications:

This support enables you to make any necessary home modifications such as installation of a hand rail in a bathroom, or Specialist Disability Accommodation for participants who require special housing because of their disability.

Check out our Youtube video What Do The Categories Mean On My NDIS Plan?

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