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07 March 2019

Home modifications.

We are often asked questions about specific supports and whether they are funded through the NDIS.

One support that raises a lot of questions is home modifications, so we thought we’d outline some of the key information and share it with everyone.

What are home modifications under the NDIS?

Home modifications are changes to the structure, layout or fittings of a participant’s home so they can safely access it and move around comfortably.

What home modifications will the NDIS consider?

Like most things under the NDIS, every case is different and it can be a tricky process determining what is reasonable and necessary.

When it comes to home modifications, the very first thing the NDIS will consider is whether a home modification is for the participant’s primary residence and if they intend to remain living there.

When are home modifications usually found to be reasonable and necessary?

  • When a participant’s primary residence, due to the impact of their disability, cannot be reasonably accessed
  • When a participant’s primary residence, in its current condition, has significant and adverse impacts on the sustainability of current living and care arrangements
  • When a suitably qualified occupational therapist has performed an assessment and recommended home modifications, considering all possible alternatives, including the use of equipment.
  • When modifications using standard fixtures and fittings can improve the accessibility of the home.

Additionally, the NDIS will also need to be satisfied that:

  • The proposed modification represents value for money compared to the cost of other alternatives that could be provided through assistive technology or by assisting with a move to another, more accessible premise
  • There won’t be any construction issues such as structural size constraints, difficult terrain, or issues with the condition of the building.

What won’t the NDIS fund?

  • Fixtures, fittings or materials above standard grade
  • Modifications to a property bought after a participant was granted NDIS access, unless the NDIS was involved in the decision to purchase the property, or the purchase of a more accessible property was not possible.
  • Installation of swimming pools including hydrotherapy and spas
  • Repairs or remediation of pre-existing home damage, discovered during the modification process
  • Ongoing repairs and maintenance to non-specialised structures.

What if I rent?

If you live in a rental property, a written agreement from the property owner (and where applicable the body corporate) must be provided before the NDIS will consider the home modifications.

Do you have Home Modifications in your budget?

If you answered ‘yes’ and you want to connect with an OT in your area, or if you have more questions, call us on 1300 05 78 78 – we can help.