The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) funds services for people living with a permanent disability. The funding areas include education, employment, independence, social participation, and living arrangements. The scheme is required to provide “reasonable and necessary supports” for eligible people by law. An example of a support provided by this scheme is NDIS cleaning services. What else does “reasonable and necessary supports” include?
The National Disability Insurance Agency, NDIA, determines what supports fit this definition on an individual basis. There are two branches of the NDIS: the individual support packages for people with significant needs, and the ILC program to help all Australians living with a disability.
According to the NDIS website, reasonable and necessary supports should:
- Relate to the participant’s disability
- Not include everyday living expenses such as groceries
- Prove effective for the participant
- Be representative of value for money
- Account for other supports the participant receives
The supports help participants increase their independence and pursue their goals. For this reason, there can be no formula to determine what supports are necessary for certain people. Every person with a disability has a different life and different aspirations.
If you qualify for NDIS funding, your funds will be allocated for use with specific supports. You can only use your funds to achieve the goals in your plan. Some examples of supports that the NDIS may fund include:
- Mobility equipment
- Vehicle modifications
- Transportation to aid with participation in daily life activities
- Workplace help
- Different therapeutic supports
- Home modification to make it more suitable for the participant
- Assistance with household tasks
There are three types of budgets that your NDIS plan may fund. The categories are:
- Core budget ⎯ includes the purchase of consumables, assistance with daily activities and community participation, and help with transportation.
- Capacity building budget ⎯ allocated across sub-categories that match with your plan goals. You will not be able to move these funds to other categories.
Capital support budget ⎯ helps with assistive technology as well as specific home modifications.
Once your plan is approved, many people can help you put it into action. If you have chosen to self-manage your plan, you can still take advantage of the NDIS resources for guidance on next steps.
As of June 2018, the proportion of NDIS participants with approved plans (by disability type) was as follows:
- Intellectual disability ⎯ 33.8%
- Autism ⎯ 29.2%
- Psychosocial disability ⎯ 7.8%
- Neurological ⎯ 6.7%
- Cerebral palsy ⎯ 5%
- Brain and spinal cord injury ⎯ 4.6%
- Hearing impairment ⎯ 3.1%
- Visual impairment ⎯ 2.5%
- Other sensory impairment ⎯ 1.7%
- Stroke ⎯ 1.3%
Thus far, most NDIS participants have been satisfied, according to a Flinders University evaluation that asked participants and their family for opinions. The highest satisfaction came from families using early intervention supports for their young children.
The NDIA makes funding decisions using the rules made under the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013. There are operational guidelines that provide help for the decision-makers. As far as the funding for the whole scheme is concerned, the Council of Australian Governments plans to maintain a $22 million annual budget.
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