Did you know your NDIS Plan can cover everything from assigning a Plan Manager, occupational therapy, speech therapy, transport and employment through to mobility aids, home modifications, beds and consumables like continence aids? Not to mention providing you the ability to assign a Plan Manager …
As Plan Managers, we’re often asked for detail around specific supports and equipment being covered within a Participants budget. The best way to provide an inclusive answer is to use the NDIS’ own terminology with a bit of a breakdown …
Your NDIS budget is generally broken into three categories that each serve a purpose to the effectiveness of your NDIS Plan:
- Core Supports Budget
- Capacity Building Budget, and;
- Capital Support Budget
Within the Capacity Building Budget, you’re able to request ‘Improved Life Choices’ so you can engage a Plan Manager – this is our specialty – enabling you to get on with normal life while your we take care of the administration of your budget and funds. You can read more about our Plan Management service here.
While we’re here though, let’s take a look at the budget categories in a bit more detail:
Core supports budget
Your Core budget is the most flexible, and includes four categories of support:
- Consumables (e.g. purchasing everyday use items such as continence aids)
- Daily Activities (e.g. assistance with self-care activities during the day or evening)
- Assistance with Social and Community Participation (e.g. supports to enable you to engage in social or recreational activities)
- Transport (e.g. if you are unable to use public transport because of your disability).
The true flexibility of your Core Supports Budget is that you can generally use your funds allocated against one support category to purchase supports under another support category. Keep in mind that this is only the case if funds have not already been set aside for a specific purpose, such as periodic payments for transport, or any Core budget line item type, like:
- Specialised Disability Accommodatione. accommodation for participants who require specialist housing solutions due to significant functional impairment and/or very high support needs
- In-kindg. Government pre-paid supports such as school transport or some therapy supports
- Stated item (including Quotes for certain items) e.g. assistance in a shared living arrangement.
In these cases the funds within a category must only be used for that specific purpose. You can find details about your Core supports in your NDIS plan, or if you’re already a NDSP Participant, you can call us to get the details you’re after.
Capacity Building budget
The Capacity Building funding is allocated across eight support sub-categories, each matched with the goals you’ve defined within your NDIS Plan. You can choose how to spend these funds to purchase any approved individual support within its category, but won’t be able to move funding from one category to another (unlike your Core Supports Budget).
The Capacity Building support categories include:
- Choice and Control e.g. Plan Management
- Daily Activity e.g. therapy aimed at building your capacity to participate
- Employment e.g. employment related assessment and counselling
- Health and wellbeing e.g. exercise advice required due to impact of disability
- Home Living e.g. support to obtain/retain appropriate accommodation
- Lifelong Learning e.g. assistance moving from school to further education
- Relationships e.g. positive behavioural support strategies to reduce behaviours of concern
- Social and Community Participation e.g. Individual life skills development and training including public transport training and support, developing skills for community, social and recreational participation.
Support Coordination (if required) is included in the Capacity Building budget. This is a fixed amount for strengthening participant’s abilities to coordinate and implement supports in their plans and to participate more fully in the community.
Capital Support budget
The Capital Support budget relates to supports such as assistive technology or modifications to your home. Keep in mind that using these funds require quotes from suppliers. Funds within this budget can only be used for their specific purpose (e.g. a wheelchair, ramp additions or a rail in your bathroom) and cannot be used to fund other items.
The Capital Support budget has two support categories:
- Assistive Technology – includes equipment items for mobility, personal care, communication and recreational inclusion (e.g. wheelchairs and other mobility equipment, specific beds, vehicle modifications etc)
- Home Modifications (e.g. a rail in your bathroom, ramps to entry points or fixings in bedrooms to assist with movement etc.).
As mentioned, as part of your specific needs and supports your NDIS plan can also include Plan Management giving you freedom to get on with normal life while your plan manager takes care of the admin of your budget and funds. It costs you nothing, and all you need to do is request ‘Improved Life Choices’ as part of your plan meeting – ask us if you’re uncertain about this part of the process.
So considering the spectrum of options, your NDIS Plan is incredibly versatile. It can be flexible enough to ensure you’re living the happiest, most comfortable lifestyle possible and with Plan Management as part of it, you can rest easy knowing payments to your supports and budget are being managed for you, in the right way.
If you or someone you care for requires NDIS assistance or specifically looking for a reputable and professional Plan Manager, get in touch with us today via our online form or give us a call on 1800 63 63 77.