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12 February 2020

NDIS budget areas explained: Consumables budget.

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 the Consumables budget category, which falls under Core supports. Consumables cover the purchase of everyday items required to manage your personal disability-related needs.

What you need to know about the NDIS Consumables budget.

It’s for items that don’t cost much.

The Consumables budget covers items up to $1,500. For example, eating aids like modified cups, Consumables such as specialised food supplements and some personal care items.

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 is reasonable and necessary.

It’s important to track your expenses.

Carefully managed, your Consumables budget can go a long way. 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 budget examples.

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

  • Pull-ups and nappies
  • Catheters
  • Absorbent products
  • Pads
  • 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.

General grocery items that are not related to your disability needs, prescription medications and cosmetics are not covered.

Where to buy Consumables products.

Consumables can be purchased from retail shops such as chemists, supermarkets and hardware stores, or online.

Leap in! also has several provider partners that specialise in Consumables including:

  • Aleva® an Australian company dedicated to providing technically advanced, high quality, affordable products for incontinence and kid’s bedwetting
  • National Australian Necessity Supplies (NAN) who are one of Australia’s top suppliers of children’s nappies, adult continence, wet wipes, gloves and paper products
  • Surgical House who offer a full range of medical consumables, medical equipment and patient care equipment.

How to purchase Consumables.

In most cases, NDIS participants can pay providers directly. Items under $1,500 will generally not require a quote. For items over $1,500, no more than two quotes are required.

For more information, check out the Assistive Technologies and Consumables Code Guide on the Leap in! website.

Leap in! can help.

If you have any more questions about the Consumables budget, would like to be connected with a 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

Further reading.

NDIS Plan budget categories explained.

Core supports budget: A closer look.

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