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21 February 2020

NDIS Capacity Building budgets: A closer look

You may notice within your NDIS Plan there’s funding allocated towards a section called Capacity Building… what does this mean and how do you get the most out of it?

This week, we’re going to break down the budget categories for Capacity Building and take a closer look at what’s included.

Capacity Building budgets help you to become more independent.

There are 9 budget categories grouped under Capacity Building: let’s have a look at them now.

  1. Support Coordination: Use this funding to work with a support coordinator who can help you to understand and implement any of the funded supports in your plan. They also help to link you to community, mainstream or other government services. Your support coordinator will connect you to providers and assist you to negotiate with them about what they will offer you and how much it will cost out of your plan.
  2. Improved Living Arrangements: This funding can be used to find shared or independent accommodation to suit your needs. You may choose to access a service provider that helps you look for somewhere to live, apply for a rental home or manage your rental agreement.
  3. Increased Social and Community Participation: This is all about making connections and getting to know your local community. It can fund various support services that help to develop your social skills, make new friends, access local community events or group activities.
  4. Finding and Keeping a Job: Starting a new job is exciting but it can be really helpful to work with a provider who can assist with each of the stages of the recruitment process. This includes looking for jobs, applying for jobs, updating your resume and linking you with supported employment and open employment opportunities.
  5. Improved Relationships: Making and maintaining positive relationships is important to everyone. This budget can be used for behaviour intervention support or behaviour management programs or you may choose to use it to create a behaviour support plan that’s catered to your own individual needs.
  6. Improved Health and Wellbeing: Perhaps one of your goals is to get healthier. Support services funded in this budget can help you to maintain a healthy lifestyle. This may include an appointment with a dietitian or a session with a personal trainer.
  7. Improved Learning: Are you looking to further your qualifications? Whether you’re wanting to study at university, TAFE or take on a traineeship, this funding can help. You can apply to get help with your application, timetable planning or study budget. You can even apply to have a support worker accompany you to class.
  8. Improved Life Choices: This is where your budget for plan management will be located.
  9. Improved Daily Living: This includes therapy providers such as an occupational therapist or physiotherapist. You may choose to use this funding for medical support that helps to improve your day-to-day independence.

Making the most of your
Capacity Building budgets.

The Capacity Building budgets support you to learn new skills that will help you to become more independent. You may not receive funding for every one of the 9 budget categories, so it’s important to think about the areas in your life that you want to improve the most and that each of the supports you choose are ‘reasonable and necessary’.

By setting clear goals in your NDIS Plan it becomes easier to allocate your Capacity Building funding to the areas that will best support you.

For example, if your goal is to live independently then you could use Improved Living Arrangements funding to help secure a home that’s perfect for your needs. You could also utilise your Improved Health and Wellbeing funding to find a service provider that teaches you to cook healthy meals.

We can help!

Here at Leap in! HQ we want to help you achieve the most out of your NDIS Plan. If you’re still unsure if the funds within your Capacity Building budgets are doing the best they can for you, then have a chat with our crew.

Call us on 1300 05 78 78, email us at or sign up to Leap in! plan management today.

Further reading.

NDIS Plan budget categories explained.

Achieving your NDIS employment goals.

Housing and the NDIS: What your options are.