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22 October 2020

Budget areas explained: Improved Relationships.

Our stories on the various NDIS budget categories are always popular.

So today, we thought we’d delve a little deeper into Improved Relationships.

Before we get started, if you’d like a refresher on the three budget categories: Core, Capital and Capacity Building supports, then check out NDIS Plan budget categories explained. For more general information about the types of supports the NDIS funds, check out What will the NDIS pay for?

What does Improved Relationships mean in an NDIS Plan?

Improved Relationships is a budget under Capacity Building in your NDIS Plan. The aim of Improved Relationships is to provide funds for specialised assessment and supports where an NDIS participant has complex or unclear behavioural needs.

Behaviours of concern are different for each individual but are typically persistent behaviours that may limit a person’s ability to have a good life or risk physical safety. They may also impact the ability to confidently and effectively interact with other people.

If you have received funding for Improved Relationships, your NDIS Plan will most likely outline some specific positive behavioural support strategies and what supports you can access to help you.

Types of supports covered by Improved Relationships.

The types of supports covered vary depending on your individual needs but may include:

  • Specialist behaviour and intervention supports
  • Training for carers in behaviour management strategies
  • Support to develop social skills
  • Intensive behaviour intervention.

Positive behaviour support.

Positive behaviour support (PBS) is a person centred, evidence based framework for providing support in situations where there is, or there is a risk of, challenging behaviours.

A Positive Behavioural Support Plan (PBS Plan) should aim to improve your quality of life by outlining strategies that may help you to limit or cease behaviours of concern (challenging behaviours). This might include strategies to help you cope with feeling overwhelmed or extreme emotions.

Positive Behavioural Support Plans must be developed in consultation with you, your family, carers and key support people (including treating specialists).

Who can create a PBS Plan?

In most cases, a PBS Plan can only be developed by practitioners who are considered suitably qualified by the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission. This means they must be a registered NDIS specialised behaviour support provider.

Some practices or approaches used in PBS Plans are restricted by the NDIS and can only be used after being approved. The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission has a special behavioural support team to help oversee PBS Plans and provide guidance as needed.

You can find out more from the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission website.

Getting funding for Improved Relationships in your NDIS Plan.

Whether Improved Relationships will be included in your NDIS Plan depends on whether it is a ‘reasonable and necessary‘ support that meets your needs and will help you to achieve your goals.

If you think you would benefit from this type of funding, discuss your needs during your planning meeting with your Local Area Coordinator (LAC) or NDIA Planner.

We can help you.

Talk to Leap in! about the best way to prepare for your NDIS Plan or Plan Review meeting.

Call us on 1300 05 78 78, to have your questions answered, book your free NDIS pre-planning session or sign up to Leap in! plan management today.

Further reading.

NDIS Plan budget categories explained.

Positive behaviour support for people with autism.

Capacity Building budgets: A closer look.

Originally published on 19 April 2019. Updated on 21 October 2020.