An NDIS Plan has three support budgets; Core (or everyday) supports, Capital supports (to improve access and independence) and Capacity Building supports (to improve skills and independence), and you will receive reasonable and necessary funding under the relevant budget depending on your support needs.
The Core support budget is made up of four support categories and the funding is flexible across all the categories.
These categories are:
The Capital Support budget has two support categories:
The Capacity Building (CB) funding is allocated across nine support categories with each category being aligned to your goals and can be used flexibly to purchase any approved individual support that falls within that CB support category.
The support categories include:
Support Coordination is designed to help participants to get the best value and flexibility out of their NDIS funds. Once a Plan has been approved, participants work with Support Coordinators to determine how their funds will be spent and to connect with providers. Support Coordination cannot be deducted from your direct supports budget. You must request and justify your need for Support Coordination in your NDIS assessment planning meeting in order to receive this additional funding, which is allocated to a separate budget area.
The person helping you to implement your plan can help you understand this more. That person might be a Local Area Coordinator or a Support Coordinator. They can also help you to work out how you would like to use your funding flexibility and help you to explain this to your service providers. There are five ways that plans can be managed.
1. NDIA Managed – this is where a provider claims directly from the NDIA for the services provided to you.
2. Plan Managed – where a Plan Manager helps with the financial tasks of a plan, for example, organising providers and their payments, processing claims and invoices, and tracking of budgets.
3. Self-Managed – you (or your nominee) can directly manage the funds. If you choose to manage your funding, you will be responsible for paying invoices related to your supports from your NDIS package.
4. Automated Payments (transport only) – these funds can be deposited into an NDIS bank account weekly, fortnightly or monthly.
5. Combination – a combination of the above four options can be used together.
No, the NDIS does not replace the disability support pension. It is a separate national fund created to finance your reasonable and necessary support needs and associated aids and equipment. The NDIS is not means tested and as such, anyone who is eligible can apply for assistance; regardless of the disability support pension or level of personal income.
All unspent monies will be returned to the NDIA. The budget does not roll over from year to year.
NDIA will update prices on at least an annual basis, effective 1 July each year, taking account of market trends, changes in costs and wage rates. Changes to prices will be published on the NDIS website and updated price lists will include the date of publication to help providers ensure that they are using the most up-to-date version.