The NDIS covers a wide range of disability supports, services and equipment, where these are seen as reasonable and necessary.
These can include therapies, education, living arrangements, home modifications, communication assistive technology,mobility equipment, community participation activities, and support in gaining and maintaining employment, just to name a few.
To say that a support is ‘reasonable and necessary’ means that it should help in one or more of the following ways:
- Achieving your goals.
- Increasing and maintaining independence.
- Developing necessary skills for everyday life, etc.
- Facilitating participation in your community.
- Gaining employment and working.
It is also important that the supports outlined in your plan are:
- Funded in a cost-effective way.
- Make allowances for what is reasonable to expect of families, carers and the community.
- Not more suitably provided through other support systems.
- Not illegal or intended to replace income.
The NDIS does not provide funding for support if it is:
- Not related to a person’s disability.
- A duplicate of another support within a participant’s personal support plan.
- Related to daily living expenses not tied to a participant’s disability (e.g. rent, groceries).
- Better addressed through an alternative support system (e.g. healthcare system).
- Likely to cause harm to a participant or pose a risk to others.
- Related to income replacement.
- The NDIS does not have a defined limit for each person’s funding. Funding is very personalised and tailored for your specific needs. When support is deemed as ‘reasonable and necessary’, you are entitled to funding for that support. Hence, the focus is not on the cost of funding, but on delivering the supports you need to achieve your goals.
- For more information on the NDIS, visithttp://www.ndis.gov.au/
Yes, the NDIS will ask you to think about what your goals are and what supports you may need.
Goals are ideas you have about what you want to do in your life. They can be big or small and cover many parts of your life. For example, goals can be becoming more independent, getting a job, going to schools, spending time with friends or being healthy.
This will be easier if you do some planning. Agape I Care can help you figure out what you already get and we have people who can help you to figure out what you want.