If you have an NDIS Plan, chances are you have funds included in the Core supports budget. But how do Core supports work and what can those funds be used for?
Knowing the types of things you can buy, where there is flexibility and any limitations for each budget makes it easier to ensure your purchases align with the NDIS reasonable and necessary requirements.
Today we’re taking a closer look at NDIS Core supports plus some examples to help you make the most of your NDIS Plan.
What are NDIS Core supports?
NDIS Core supports provides funding for things that help with everyday activities and your disability-related needs. The Core supports budget is the most flexible part of your NDIS Plan, with funding often able to be used across any of its four categories (with some exceptions).
Core supports can be used to purchase physical items or assistance for activities you undertake in daily life. It covers things as diverse as assistive kitchen aids, disposable items associated with Home Enteral Nutrition, getting help to do household tasks, or a support worker to take you to a community activity.
Core supports categories.
There are four categories of Core supports, each of which covers certain items. Depending on your needs, your NDIS budget may contain funding in one, some or all of these categories.
- Assistance with Daily Life.
Having a disability can make managing daily household tasks difficult or impossible to do alone. Assistance with Daily Life funds everyday needs such as home cleaning, yard maintenance, cooking or personal care. Think of it as funding for services or a support worker to help you to do everyday things.
If you need help to get ready for your day, travel to appointments or carry out daily health and fitness activities, then these could be covered under Assistance with Daily Life.
To find out more, read one of our previous articles Assistance with Daily Life: NDIS budget areas explained.
Consumables are most likely to be single use or other products that can give you more confidence or help you to become more independent.
They’re generally widely available in stores or online. If you require things like continence aids, low cost assistive technology products such as a walking stick or eating aids, there’s a good chance that they’ll be covered under your Consumables budget.
Consumables also covers Auslan or signed English training and telephone or video interpreting.
Check out our NDIS Consumables budget guide 2023.
- Assistance with Social, Economic and Community Participation.
Assistance with Social, Economic and Community Participation funding can help you to become more active in the community, participate in activities, undertake volunteer work or get support to find and keep a meaningful job.
This can include a support worker to transport you to and from an activity, participate actively or assist you to connect with others.
See our article Assistance with social and community participation.
If you’re unable to use public transport because of your disability and you require help to travel to work, activities or other places, you could receive funding for transport in your Core supports budget.
Keep in mind that the NDIS is only likely to fund travel if you are unable to use public transport without substantial difficulty due to your disability.
Core supports NDIS examples:
- Assistance with self care activities such as showering or getting dressed
- Assistance with personal domestic activities such as housework and essential yard activities
- Assistance in Supported Independent Living
- Disability-related health supports
- General and specialised transport for travelling to and from appointments or your place for work which includes continence, wound and pressure care, diabetes and podiatry
- Consumable items such as continence and home enteral nutrition (HEN) products
- Assistance to access community, social and recreational activities such as a social group.
5 tips for making the most of your Core supports funding.
- Spread your expenses across the length of your plan to avoid overspending or underspending (the Leap in! app is a great tool for this).
- Use your funding flexibly as your needs change. For example, if you don’t need all of your Assistance with Daily Life budget, you can spend this money on disability-related consumables.
- Be creative in the way you use your funding. It’s flexible for a reason. Is there reasonable and necessary sensory equipment, sporting equipment or consumable items that will help you achieve your goals?
- Use Capacity Building funding to learn new skills to reduce dependence on Core funding.
- If you require urgent repairs to assistive technology (such as a wheelchair or other assistive devices that you rely on for essential mobility or safety) you can use Core funding for repairs.
It’s your responsibility to ensure that all purchases with your NDIS funds meet the NDIS reasonable and necessary requirements. Use our handy checklist.
We can help.
Leap in! helps you better understand the supports you can purchase and how to get the most from your NDIS funding.
The Leap in! app also has a dedicated section for setting and managing goals which will make preparing for plan and plan reassessment meetings easier.
Call us on 1300 05 78 78, email firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up to Leap in! plan management today.