Understanding Your Plan
It can be really challenging for anyone to understand their NDIS plan and the supports available under it. Here we will explain all the critical aspects of your plan and ideas to ensure that you use your plan in the best possible way.
As an NDIS participant, you gain access to the supports and services, and you can best utilise them when you are well aware of the intimate details.
NDIS Plan – Made Easy
Types of Support
The objective of NDIS is to offer support for the participants and provides the funds for this purpose. For this, NDIS has three funding categories – Core, Capital and Capacity Building. These Support Categories can get a little confusing for any of the participants. Here we explain it most simply:
- Capacity Building
These are meant to help and support you with everyday activities and help you take closer to your goals. It will help you meet all your disability-related needs. It is the most flexible, and the participants can use the NDIS funding on any of the four support categories, as mentioned below. Also, there might be a few cases in which limited or no flexibility is there, for instance – transport funding.
- Assistance with daily life: assistance with everyday needs, household cleaning, yard maintenance and more.
- Consumables: all the everyday items you need, for instance, continence products, equipment that improve your independence and mobility.
- Assistance with social and community participation: all the support and assistance to help you with increased community participation.
- Transport: helping you travel to work and all other places that help you in realising your goals.
Capacity building supports the budget.
The objective of these supports is to help you build your independence so that you can reach your long-term goals. While aiming at helping you develop necessary skills, the capacity supports budget cannot be changed from one support category to another. You can only use the funding for purchasing supports that come under the category of capacity building. The categories are:
- Support coordination
- Improved living arrangements
- Increased social and community participation
- Finding and keeping a job
- Better relationships
- Improved health and well being
- Improved learning
- Improved life choices
- Improved daily living
Capital supports budget
This support category includes assistive technology, equipment and modifications. These are one-off purchase and are generally higher cost pieces. You may require these to perform your everyday tasks. In this support category, the funds can only be used for the specific purpose and cannot be used for any alternate item. Within the capital supports the budget, you have two support categories – assistive technology and home modifications.