For your first plan, your NDIS planner will initially focus on ensuring the continuity of your existing supports. This provides you with time to develop your goals and to explore your options in preparation for your next plan.
However, your goals should be discussed at your first plan, so it’s important to consider the life you want to lead. There is no pressure though, as they can evolve over time, with each plan to ensure that continue to meet your needs.
The NDIS will review the information you provide to determine what supports are “reasonable and necessary“ for your situation by evaluating whether a support request is:
- Related to your disability and support needs
- Good value for money
- Likely to be effective and beneficial to you.
Your NDIS Plan.
The funding you receive in your NDIS Plan will likely be broken up into three main budget categories. You may receive funding in one, two or all three budget categories.
Each NDIS budget can be used for specific purposes. It is worth getting to know the various budgets and what you can purchase with each pool of funding.
The three budgets categories are: Core supports, Capital supports and Capacity Building supports.
Core supports fund everyday activities.
There are four budgets in this category:
- Assistance with Daily Life
- Assistance with Social and Community Participation
Capital supports fund equipment, assistive technology, home modifications and vehicle modifications. The NDIS is very specific in what this funding can be used for and it must be used as it is allocated.
The budgets in this category are:
- Assistive technology (AT) covers any device that allows you to do something that you wouldn’t be able to do without it or increases the ease or safety of things you do including vehicle modifications.
- Home modifications are any changes you need to make to the structure, layout or fittings of your home to ensure you can move around safely.
Capacity Building supports.
The Capacity Building category funds activities that will support you to learn new skills. These skills may help you achieve your goals such as living more independently, finding a job, or getting help with NDIS plan management.
There are nine budgets under NDIS Capacity Building funding:
- Support Coordination
- Improved Living Arrangements (ILO)
- Increased Social and Community Participation
- Finding and Keeping a Job
- Improved Relationships
- Improved Health and Wellbeing
- Improved Learning
- Improved Life Choices (includes plan management)
- Improved Daily Living
Find out more about Capacity Building supports.
Leap in! can work through each budget with you and help you to get the most out of all three.