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Understanding the different kinds of support budgets available with your NDIS plan can help you to ensure you get the funding that you need to meet your goals, whatever they may be.
Everybody’s needs are different. So, your plan will not be the same as someone else’s. But the three support budgets remain the same. Read on for a breakdown of the support budgets and the kinds of supports they cover.
The core supports budget is the most flexible of the three.
Core supports provides supports for the following:
- Consumables: for example, support to buy everyday items like continence aids.
- Daily activities: for example, support to access personal and domestic care and help with household tasks.
- Assistance with social and community participation: for example, supports to access sport or art classes and other activities that build skills and independence.
- Transport: for example, specialised transport to school, work or your community if you are unable to use public transport.
Capacity Building Supports
Funding that falls under the capacity building support budget is shared among eight sub-categories that align with your goals. The Capacity Building support budgets are not as flexible as the core supports and so you will not be able to move funding between the categories.
The categories covered under the capacity building support budget are:
- Choice and Control: for example, funding to develop your ability to connect with and manage your own supports.
- Daily Activity: for example, support for training, development and/or therapy that can help you increase your independence and community participation.
- Employment: for example, support to transition into employment.
- Health and Wellbeing: for example, funding for dietitians or exercise physiology
- Home Living: for example, support to access and use accommodation, outreach programs and group homes.
- Lifelong Learning: for example, support to move into further education.
- Relationships: for example, positive behaviour management strategies and social skills development.
- Social and Community Participation: for example, support to access recreation and community programs.
Funding under the capital supports budget provides for supports like assistive technology or home modifications. This funding requires quotes from suppliers and funds can only be used to the purpose outlined in your plan.
The two capital supports categories are:
- Assistive Technology: for example, vehicle modifications.
- Home Modifications: for example, the installation of grab rails.