What does the NDIS fund?
The NDIS funds the reasonable and necessary, disability related support that participants require under three categories:
- Capital funding - for purchasing one-off items such as equipment, technology or modifications
- Core funding - for day to day support required, such as personal care
- Capacity funding - for skill building, training and learning.
What doesn't the NDIS fund?
The NDIS doesn't cover daily living expenses - things like rent or board, food or your mobile phone bill. These costs will continue to be funded by your usual source of income - from work or the disability support pension.
The NDIS does not replace funding that is more appropriate from other sources such as education, health or transport. These supports will continue to be funded as they are now.
Will I get the same level of support as I get now?
Yes. There are rules built into the NDIS that make sure people currently receiving support, who are eligible for the NDIS, will not be 'worse off' when they transition to the new scheme.
To make sure you continue to receive the supports you need, it's important to understand what you receive now and talk about these supports in your planning meeting.
Does the NDIS fund medication?
Medication is not usually funded in people's plans. Medication falls under the responsibility of the health system and therefore would not be an NDIS funded item.
Does the NDIS fund transport?
Yes. Under the NDIS, the Centrelink Mobility Allowance will be replaced by funding for transport needs related to a person's disability in individual plans. There are special provisions for travel for participants and providers in remote and very remote communities.
Make sure that you think about your transport needs in the planning process. Transport support might include funding for taxis or buses, or travel training to build your skills and reduce the need for support in the future.
Does the NDIS fund equipment?
Yes. Assessment to identify the appropriate equipment or technology, written reports and prescriptions, and fitting of equipment when delivered, are all funded by the NDIS. You will also need to consider repairs and maintenance of equipment and whether people working with you will require special training to use the equipment or technology.
The full cost of equipment is funded, and supply is currently managed via the State-wide Equipment Program (SWEP). The NDIS will work out a national strategy as the scheme rolls out across States and Territories, this will consider how equipment and technology can be managed efficiently and address issues such as supply time lines.
The NDIS has a focus on providing equipment and assistive technology that increases independence for people with disabilities. You should ensure that you discuss all options in the planning process.
Does the NDIS fund specialist disability accommodation?
The NDIS funds the shared component of support in shared supported accommodation. The funding is based on an assessed level of need, from low to standard or complex, and the number of people sharing the accommodation.
Any extra individual support would need to be specific to a person's goals, as part of their plan, and be considered reasonable and necessary support.
You should discuss your accommodation options with your planner. The NDIS also funds support that people require to live independently in the community. Whilst there are not many options currently for affordable accessible accommodation, this will change over time as more people are looking for options in the community.
Does the NDIS fund respite?
The NDIS aims to increase people's independence, including support for activities at home or in the community that result in less reliance on family members or housemates.
Under the NDIS and with the aim of supporting the person with disability and their family, 'respite' hours become more flexible and will include 'in home', community based and facility based respite.
Facility based respite can be funded in an NDIS plan where this is the best option to meet the needs of the participant and their family or carers. Facility based respite is funded as a shared support cost per day to replace the current block funding model for respite.
For information on the NDIS you can visit the National Disability Insurance Scheme website or call 1800 800 110.