Core supports budget: A closer look.
This week, we’re taking a closer look at the Core supports budget category and how you can make the most of your funding..
What is the Core supports budget?
Core supports in the NDIS are things that help you in your day-to-day life. The Core supports budget is the most flexible part of your budget, with funding often able to be used across any of its four categories. Anything that you use or do that helps you in your daily life could be included as a Core support in your NDIS Plan.
Here’s a closer look at the four core supports categories:
Assistance with daily life
In some cases, living with a disability makes daily household tasks very difficult or impossible to do alone. Help with your daily cleaning, yard maintenance, cooking or personal care could be included in your Core supports budget.
If you need help to get ready for your day, get to appointments or carry out daily health and fitness activities, then these could all be covered under assistance with daily life in your budget too.
To find out more, read one of our previous article on Budget areas explained: Assistance with Daily Life.
Everyday items that you rely on because of your disability fall under the consumables category. These products may give you more confidence or help you to become more independent.
If you require things like continence aids, low cost assistive technology products or equipment to improve your everyday independence, there’s a good chance that they’ll be covered under your consumables budget.
Read more on What is assistive technology?
Assistance with social and community participation
There are so many benefits associated with getting involved in your community. Having improved relationships, a better social life and a feeling of belonging in your community can have a huge impact on both your physical and mental health.
The core supports budget can help you with social and community participation through assistance with getting to or attending your social or community activities like classes, camps or sports. This can include a support worker to help you participate in these types of activities or help you to connect and socialise with others.
You can read more about Assistance with social and community participation.
If you are unable to use public transport because of your disability and you require help to travel to work, activities or other places that will help you achieve your goals, then you could receive funding for transport in your core supports budget.
How can I make the most of my Core supports funding?
Setting clear goals that can be achieved with extra help from any area of your Core supports budget is important to make the most of your available funding.
If your goal is to learn a new skill, then it could be covered under your social and community participation budget. If you want to learn how to be more independent in your daily life and make friends, then under the assistance with daily life category, you might receive funding to help you get ready for your day and cook meals.
The need for all your funding is assessed on a case by case basis and determined to be reasonable and necessary, so make sure you’ve had a good think about your goals and how they relate to each category before your NDIS Plan meeting.
We can help.
We can help you with ideas around goals, the steps you might want to think about to reach them, what supports you could use and the best ways to get the most of our your funding when you have your plan.
Leap in! can help you prepare for your first NDIS Plan meeting or Plan Review to ensure you have the very best chance of getting the help you need.
The Leap in! mobile app (also now available on the Leap in! website) has a dedicated section for setting and managing goals which will make preparing for your meeting easier.