What can I buy with my NDIS money?

Not sure what you can buy with funds provided by the NDIS? You’re not alone. Many of our clients are still not sure either, so we’ve put together this handy guide to help make it easier for you.

How can I use the money in my budget?
Each funded support in your plan has a budget. These budgets are placed in a support category, based on why you need that support. There are 15 support categories. You can’t take money from one budget and spend it on a different support category, but there is a range of supports you can fund in each category. However, if you have a ‘STATED SUPPORT’, you have to use your budget to buy that support.

What will the NDIS NOT pay for?
The NDIS will only pay for supports that are reasonable and necessary – that is, supports that are fair and something you need. The NDIS won’t pay for your groceries, but they will pay for a support person to take you shopping if that’s a support you need.

Think of the things that any non-disabled person pays for themselves. These are the things that the NDIS does not pay. Belonging to a club or sporting team, registration fees, uniforms and basic equipment are all costs a non-disabled person pays for themselves.

Some of the things you can use your NDIS funding for include occupational therapy, assistive technology such as a power wheelchair and continence products.

Can I use NDIS money for a holiday?
The NDIS can’t fund your holiday, but it may fund supports that will help you with your holiday. For example, they may pay for a companion to help you with luggage, talk to airport or hotel staff and support you during your trip.

Will the NDIS pay for domestic help like cleaning and gardening?
The NDIS may fund domestic help such as having someone clean or cook at home, if it’s a reasonable and necessary support for you.

Will the NDIS fund car and/or home modifications?
The NDIS may pay for changes to your car, van or home, but these changes have to be reasonable and necessary.

Will the NDIS fund a service dog?
The NDIS won’t pay for the purchase of a therapy dog, but they may pay for home modifications and the cost of keeping a dog, if it’s reasonable and necessary.

Will the NDIS fund sport and exercise activities?
The NDIS won’t pay your sporting fees, but they may fund supports that help you participate in sport and exercise.

How are prosthetic limbs funded under the NDIS?
The NDIS will fund reasonable and necessary prosthetic limbs that are suited to your disability and your goals.

Does the NDIS fund medical expenses?
The NDIS will pay for medical therapy and early intervention if it’s related to your disability. They will also pay for supports to help you go to appointments, if it’s reasonable and necessary. They won’t pay for medicine, doctor’s visits or surgery, as these are covered by other government branches.

Will the NDIS fund education?
The NDIS will pay for supports that will help you get an education, but other groups are better suited to pay for things like fees, tutors and changes to school buildings.

Does the NDIS fund transport?
The NDIS will pay for your transport if you can’t use public transport or if you’re not part of a taxi scheme, and it’s reasonable and necessary.

Can support coordination be part of my plan?
You may be able to have support coordination as part of your plan. You should think about how you want to manage your supports, before going to your planning meeting.

Not sure where to start? Check out our NDIS page
From checking your eligibility to getting a Service Agreement form to include with your NDIS Plan, you can find it all here.

We’ve had so much enquiry about how to apply for NDIS funding, we’ve created a dedicated page on our website that explains it all, with handy links to help you learn more. We’ve even included a list of Frequently Asked Questions. So whether you’re applying for NDIS funding yourself, or you’re a therapist, check it out now!

Assistive Technology & your NDIS Plan
Make sure you include Assistive Technology in your NDIS Plan, detailing the products you need and/or an allocation for service and repairs. You can request a Service Agreement form here.

 

Proud to be an NDIS Registered Provider
As an NDIS Registered Provider, Power Mobility is dedicated to helping you get mobile, so you can enjoy life to the fullest. With more than 40 years experience, our team can provide the right assistive technology solutions to support your lifestyle.

So if you’re looking for quality mobility equipment, Power Mobility has an extensive range including QuantumPrideMagic Mobility and Ottobock power chairs, manual wheelchairs and scooters, plus much more. Drop into our showroom or call our friendly team on (07) 3265 4663 to find the best solution for you.