Four things to know about the funded supports in your new NDIS plan
DATE: 5 July 2018
Received your National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) plan and not sure what it all means? You may find all these new concepts a bit to take in! If this sounds like your situation, Yooralla has some insights to help you to understand the supports in your NDIS plan.
- There are three types of support budgets in a NDIS plan
To help you to meet your goals, you may be funded for one or more of the three types of supports funded in a NDIS plan:
- Core budget – this covers supports for daily living activities (in the home or the community), opportunities to engage in the community, social or recreational activities (e.g. participation at Community Hubs or recreation camp attendance), as well as consumables (e.g. continence products). The Core budget also includes Supported Independent Living (SIL).
- Capacity Building budget – supports that build your independence and skills (e.g. speech therapy, support coordination, health and wellbeing activities, travel training or finding and keeping work).
- Capital budget – includes assistive technologies, equipment and home or vehicle modifications, and funding for Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA).
- Your Core budget is the most flexible type of support
The Core budget covers things such as consumables, specialist transport you need because of your disability, daily self-care activities and assistance with Social and Community Participation (i.e. getting out into the community).
Of all the types of support budgets, Core is the most flexible. You may be able to use Core budget funds allocated for one support to purchase another type of Core support. For example, you may use money allocated for your daily self-care activities (e.g. support to shower in the mornings), to pay for consumables (e.g. continence aids).
If funds have been allocated to you for a specific purpose (e.g. transport payments), or with any Core budget line item relating to Compensation, Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA), in-kind supports from state governments, or if the support is listed as a ‘stated’ item, they cannot be used for any other supports.
- The Capital budget cover supports such as assistive technology and home modifications
Capital Support covers Assistive Technology such as wheelchairs, vehicle modifications, and equipment for personal care or enabling participation in recreational activities. It also covers home modifications (e.g. purchase and installation of a wheelchair ramp, or the lowering of a kitchen benchtop for accessibility). Funds within the Capital Support budget can only be used for the specific purpose described in your NDIS plan.
- The amount of funding allocated to you won’t change during your current plan
Once your NDIS plan is approved, the amount of funding you get in each type of support budget will remain the same for the duration of your current NDIS plan. However, when you receive your NDIS plan, you do have the right to request a review of your plan if you are unhappy with the support budgets that have been approved.
Otherwise, the amount of funding will only change if you request a plan review because your circumstances/support needs change significantly throughout the duration of your current plan.
Have questions about your NDIS plan, or your specific circumstances?
Yooralla can support you to understand and implement your new NDIS plan. Book in for a free one-one-one discussion where Yooralla Connect can explain what’s in your NDIS plan and how Yooralla can support you to achieve your NDIS goals. We have also produced a detailed free guide on how to implement your NDIS plan.