When it comes to funded support, the NDIA takes into account individual circumstances, which means everyone’s plan is different. It may also change over time as, for example, you move from childhood to adulthood.
The funding you receive is based on what’s reasonably required for your needs, and takes into account other support you may receive from family, friends, or community and government services.
Your overall budget is further broken down into three types of support:
The aim of this support is to allow participants to be as independent as possible in their home environment and community. Depending on your plan, it may cover everyday activities and basic needs, such as household cleaning, assistive products, personal hygiene, consumables, attending social outings and events. This funding has the most flexibility and you can move your budget from one support service to another, but some restrictions may apply.
Capacity building supports
Encompassing lifestyle, health, relationship and community factors, this is typically fixed-amount funding to help you achieve longer-term goals to build your independence and skills.
It can also include support coordination, training and development, and employment skills.
In most cases, most capacity building supports are delivered by allied health professionals – for example, in the areas of speech therapy, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, exercise physiology, psychology and other services that assist participants to work towards independent living.
The list of items you can purchase through capital support is comprehensive, and includes higher-cost assistive technology, mobility equipment, or modifications for your car or home, as well as any one-off purchases. Note that this budget can only be used for the specific purpose it is allocated, and these items require approval by the NDIA. You will need to submit an application for consideration to the NDIA and it will determine whether the request is ‘reasonable and necessary’.
The list above is only a brief overview, and the NDIS goes into a lot of detail about how each category is broken down and what is included. It can be confusing, but that’s where Blitzit Plan Manager can help. We understand each type of funded support and the category codes, and can track your budget for you through our online portal (BOP), making the whole process simpler and less stressful.
If you are having trouble understanding your NDIS plan, don’t believe it offers a true reflection of your planning meeting, or want to understand what’s included in funded support, your ECEI coordinator, LAC or support coordinator can help.
Or simply contact Blitzit Plan Manager – our knowledgeable staff will be able to guide you through the intricacies of the NDIS’s category options, and get you on a managed plan so you can coordinate all payments under the one easy online system.