What NDIS Funding Can You Receive for Your Health, Education and Employment Goals?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides funding to help individuals with disability access reasonable and necessary supports and services. However, navigating the extensive documentation related to NDIS supports, guidelines, and pricing can be challenging. As a result, participants often miss out on crucial information contained within the numerous pages they have to deal with.

While it is convenient to work with a support coordinator and a plan manager, having prior knowledge of these details allows participants to maintain control over their plan and understand how their funding operates. NDIS funding categories are divided into three support purposes: Capacity Building Supports, Core Supports and Capital Supports. Each category is extensive and can be overwhelming to sift through and the supports for disability related health, education and employment may be supported across these funding categories. so we have broken down each category.


NDIS Funding for Disability Related Health Supports


The NDIS may provide funds for disability related health supports through the Core, Capital or Capacity Building budget categories depending on what the support is for. Within the Capacity Building budget NDIS funding category, there are nine budgets available to enhance participants’ independence and build new skills.

Related: NDIS Funding Categories Explained.

Participants can utilise these funds when the support is deemed ‘reasonable and necessary’ for disability-related impairments that impact functionality.

Disability Health related Supports Covered by NDIS Funding can include:


      • funding for someone, such as a support worker, to provide disability-related health supports

      • training for your formal support workers or informal supports such as, family or friends

      • consumables – the things you use. For example, continence products like catheter bags, pads, bottles and straps.

      • pressure care cushions or mattress, if you need regular care to prevent wounds or pressure sores because of your disability.

      • a cough assist machine, if you need support to maintain your respiratory health because of your disability.


    NDIS Funding for Education


    NDIS funding may also support further education for participants who wish to acquire new skills or obtain further qualifications. Advancing training and education opens up employment opportunities, builds confidence, and helps individuals achieve independence. The NDIS Capacity Building category provides funding for Improved Learning.

    What Does the NDIS Cover for Education?

    The NDIS is responsible for supporting daily activities that participants cannot carry out due to the functional impact of their disability. While it does not cover learning-related supports, the NDIS may cover the following:

    – Transport to and from school

    – Specialist support for transitioning to further education or employment pathways

    – School Leaver Employment supports, otherwise known as SLES

    – Employment supports

    The NDIS supports for education should also meet the “reasonable and necessary” criteria. Some of the supports that may be included in the plan are:

    – Assistive technology

    – Therapy to help students improve their capabilities

    – Support to help students achieve independence

    – Support to develop social and communication skills

    – Assistance in maintaining employment

    Although the Capacity Building budget covers a wide range of supports, there are a few exclusions that the NDIS does not fund, including:

    – Course fees

    – Excursions

    – Textbooks and standard technology required by the school

    However, if a disability requires participants to access additional supports such as Assistive Technology, the NDIS may fund the support.


    NDIS Funding for Employment-Related Supports


    The NDIS funds employment-related supports through a participant’s core budgets. The budget falls under the support category of “Assistance with Social, Economic and Community Participation.” Additionally, other employment supports are funded by the NDIS capacity-building budget. These supports are included in the NDIS plan if, once again, they meet the “reasonable and necessary” criteria.

    NDIS funding is also available for individuals with disability who have a goal to work and require ongoing on-the-job support due to the nature of their disability. NDIS participants must discuss their support needs with service providers for skill development and job changes. The core budget funding is flexible enough to accommodate such changes.

    Supports in Employment – Specialised Supported Employment

    The NDIS funds these supports and is available for employed participants who need to achieve independence at work. The supports can be either individual or group-based, depending on the participant and include:

    – assessments related to the impact of disability on work ability

    – Support with maintaining sustainable employment

    – Supports to manage disability-related impacts


    Other Supports Funded by the NDIS


    Depending on an individual’s needs and goals, the NDIS may also fund additional supports that meet the “reasonable and necessary” criteria. These supports include:

    – Supports to help with transportation to work

    – Supports to facilitate socialising with friends and family

    – Supports for participating in social and community activities

    – Therapy and supports to assist with work, study, and social activities, including allied health supports

    – Personalised assistive technology to promote independence

    Related: for more in-depth information, see What Can NDIS Funding Be Used For?

    The NDIS updates its guidelines regularly, so participants may experience changes to NDIS guidelines from time to time. Additionally, some supports may be moved from one budget category to another. For instance, in 2021, employment funding was added to the core supports budget. Your plan manager, support coordinator, or local area coordinator can provide guidance with the latest developments. Remember, the NDIS only funds supports that are reasonable and necessary. Any other services must meet the funding criteria to be covered.

    If you have any questions regarding your NDIS plan, please don’t hesitate to contact our team at 1800 63 63 77. We are available to address any inquiries you may have.


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