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05 November 2021

NDIS Consumables budget guide 2021

When it comes to getting the most out of your NDIS Plan, understanding the different budgets and what they can cover is really important.

You may recall there are three main budget areas – Core, Capital and Capacity Building. Need a refresher? Check out our previous article NDIS Plan budget categories explained.

Today, we’re going to take a closer look at NDIS Consumables, which falls under Core supports.


What you need to know about the NDIS Consumables budget.

NDIS Consumables funds the purchase of everyday items required to manage your personal disability-related needs. There are three important things you need to know about your Consumables NDIS funding:

  1. It’s for items that don’t cost much. Your NDIS Consumables budget can be used to purchase reasonable and necessary everyday items valued at up to $1500. This may include single-use disposable items such as absorbent pads, eating aids like modified cups, specialised food supplements and some personal care items.
  2. It’s flexible. The best part about the Consumables budget is that it’s flexible. Once an amount is allocated in your plan, you can choose how you spend it, providing it relates to your disability support needs and meets the reasonable and necessary test.
  3. It’s important to track your expenses. Your Consumables budget can go a long way if you manage it carefully. When you have Leap in! plan management you can use the Leap in! app to keep track of your expenses, so your funding lasts throughout the year.


NDIS Consumables examples.

Some examples of the things you might be able to purchase with your NDIS Consumables budget include:

  • Pull-ups and nappies
  • Continence products and incontinence alarms
  • Catheters
  • Absorbent products and pads
  • Auslan or signed English training
  • Telephone or video interpreting
  • Disability-related wound and skincare
  • Pumps and syringes for home enteral nutrition purposes
  • Food preparation products
  • Modified eating aids
  • Product and equipment delivery/unpacking/labouring services
  • Specialised mattresses and pillows
  • Personal care and safety products
  • Vision or hearing-related low cost assistive technology.

Things you cannot buy with your Consumables budget include: general grocery items that are not related to your disability needs, prescription medications and cosmetics.


NDIS Consumables providers.

Consumables can be purchased from retail shops such as chemists, supermarkets and hardware stores, or online. NDIS consumables providers can be registered or unregistered. If you chose plan management for your NDIS Plan or self manage, you can use any provider, including a shop or online store. If you are Agency managed, you can only purchase consumables from NDIS registered providers.

How to find NDIS consumables providers. You can use the Leap in! Provider Network Directory to find providers in your area.

  1. Go to the Leap in! Provider Network Directory
  2. Under Service Types, choose Consumable products
  3. Under Locations, select your state and region.


How to purchase Consumables.

In most cases, NDIS participants can pay providers directly. Items under $1500 will generally not require a quote. Be sure to keep your receipt! For items over $1500, no more than two quotes are required.

For more information, check out the NDIS Assistive technology, home modifications and consumables code guide.


Leap in! can help.

If you have any more questions about Consumables and the NDIS, would like to be connected with a Consumables provider or would like help preparing for your NDIS Plan meeting, we’re here to help. Call us on 1300 05 78 78 or email crew@leapin.com.au.

Originally published 12 February 2020, updated 4 November 2021.


Further reading.

NDIS Plan budget categories explained.

Core supports budget: A closer look.

Top 5 reasons why people don’t spend their NDIS budget.