It is really hard to know exactly what does the NDIS fund. It is very important to know the answer as you will need to produce a budget for the year.
You will need to know what expenses you might expect to pay out of pocket and what expenses the NDIS will fund. The Benevolent Society can save you the hard yards of asking endless funding questions. Give us a buzz and we will advise you the best we can.
In the meantime here are some of the big ticket items that you may want to know the answer to:
Does the NDIS fund medication?
Medication is not usually funded in people’s plans. Medication falls under the responsibility of the health system and therefore would not be an NDIS funded item.
Does the NDIS fund transport?
Yes, under the NDIS, the Centrelink Mobility Allowance will be replaced by funding for transport needs related to a person’s disability in individual plans. There are special provisions for travel for participants and providers in remote and very remote communities. Make sure that you think about your transport support needs in the planning process. Transport support might include funding for taxis or buses, or travel training to build your skills and reduce the need for support in the future.
Does the NDIS fund equipment?
Yes, assessment to identify the appropriate equipment or technology, writing reports and prescriptions and fitting of equipment when delivered are all funded by the NDIS. You will also need to consider repairs and maintenance of equipment and whether people working with you will require special training to use the equipment or technology.
The full cost of equipment is funded, and supply is currently managed via the State-wide Equipment program (SWEP). The NDIS will work out a national strategy as the scheme rolls out across states and territories, this will consider how equipment and technology can be managed efficiently and address issues such as supply time lines.
The NDIS has a focus on providing equipment and assistive technology that increases independence for people with disability. You should ensure that you discuss all options in the planning process.
Does the NDIS fund specialist disability accommodation?
The NDIS funds the shared component of support in shared supported accommodation. The funding is based on an assessed level of need, from low to standard or complex, and the number of people sharing the accommodation.
Any extra individual support would need to be specific to a person’s goals, as part of their plan, and be considered reasonable and necessary support. You should discuss your accommodation options with your TBS support Coordinator.
The NDIS also funds support that people require to live independently in the community. Whilst there are not many options currently for affordable accessible accommodation, this will change over time as more people are looking for options in the community.
Does the NDIS fund respite?
The NDIS aims to increase people’s independence, including support for activities at home or in the community that result in less reliance on family members or housemates. For example, previous in home respite accessed through Home and Community Care (HACC) programs, often provided respite at a time specified by the program, for a specified number of hours on a regular basis, and funded one staff member regardless of the number of people in the household who required support. This is because the respite is perceived to be for the carer and not the person with disability.
Under the NDIS and with the aim of supporting the person with disability and their family, ‘respite’ hours become more flexible and more purpose or goal oriented.