NDIS Support Categories are vital in a participant’s scheme to provide the support that assists individuals to live independently and control their own support. There are several different support plans, as identified by the NDIA, such as
Capacity Building Supports
Within these 3 distinct categories, there are multiple categories that fall beneath each one, which provide different purposes. These all have unique amounts of funding allocated which different individuals can access, receive and then pay for these supports. There are price controls set up by the NDIA on these support items, known as the cap rate.
This cap rate applies to NDIS participants who have their funding managed by the NDIA or a plan manager. This cap rate acts as a monetary limit and allows the NDIA to monitor costs charged by independent support workers or registered providers.
Core support is one of the three supports that fall under the NDIS support categories scheme and is present to aid the day-to-day living. This includes aspects such as:
Everyday needs of daily life such as household cleaning and yard maintenance
Transport; This support assists you in ways to spend your transport funding, such as to work or to places that you can pursue your goals in. This sector will be different for all individuals
Assistance with participation within the community, and boosting one’s social life and commitments
Consumables; the basic foods, as well as what is preferred by other individuals
Note that for all the above support categories, price controls apply and they will all differ based on an individual’s personal situation. For example, it can be dependant on the time of day support is given, the nature of the disability, or even the day of the week the support is given. The price controls range between $48.14- $109.43.
Capacity Building Supports
This type of support allows individuals to experience choice and control while receiving support in order for them to reach their personal goals. Furthermore, it gives participants the opportunity to build their independence and the skills to pursue any goal they desire. Note that unlike the core supports budget, the capacity building supports budget cannot be transferred around different categories. Thus, funding is only able to be used to purchase the individual’s approved support that appears under the capacity building category.
Better Life Choices
This plays a vital role in the journey of an NDIS participant in their bid to experience independence and freedom of choices. This also means that individuals are provided with tools to develop financial and organisational skills. They will also working on their self-management capabilities and ability to direct supports and be cooperative with their NDIS management plan.
Improved Living Arrangements
Support to assist you in finding an appropriate place to live, and maintaining the condition of accommodation.
Improved Health and Wellbeing
This support includes activities to keep you fit and hhealthy, such as exercising or diets. Keep in mind that NDIS does not fund gym memberships.
Finding & Keeping a Job
We teach individuals the skills to find a new job, including employment-related supported, and training and assessments which could help you find and keep a job.
This teaches you how to develop positive and socially acceptable interactions with othes.
Increased Social & Community Participations
You will develop skills to increase your ability to participate in both community and social activities.
This is inclusive of receiving support for skills training. Also, there is advice and help for when an NDIS participant moves from school to a higher tertiary education.
This category focuses on providing participants with tools for support connection, coordination and specialist support coordination.
Improved Daily Living
This would be inclusive of a variety of services which are provided by health professionals. This includes different forms of therapy, interventions and group support.
This type of support is an ‘investment’ that enables participants of NDIS to optimize living arrangements. They can also achieve their own independence and freedom. The ‘higher cost’ pieces of assistive technology, home or vehicle modifications, or whatever equipment is necessary to make the home easier to control are offered. There is also something known as a one-off purchase fund, which can include Specialist Disability Accommodation.
Assistive Technology is inclusive of a wide cvariety of technology, each which can benefit different individuals in their everyday lives. This includes, but is not limited to memory aids, assistive devices in the bathroom or kitchen or bedroom, or centalised control system. The category also includes the funding for this installation.
The Home category covers funding for home modifications and Specialist Disability Accommodation. For any suggestions on home modification, check this article out!
Read Through and Decide if This is For You!
Now that you know all about the different NDIS support categories, read through them all carefully again, to see if any of them may apply to you. If they do, see what you can do to access these, so that you can focus on growing independence and purpose.