What does the NDIS cover?

The NDIS funds 'reasonable and necessary' supports to help you reach your goals and aspirations and take part in activities to increase your social and economic participation. This might include:

  • Accommodation/tenancy assistance, so you can obtain or retain appropriate accommodation
  • Assistance with and supervision of daily life tasks, with a focus on developing your skills, so you can live as independently as possible
  • The provision of transport, so you can participate in community, social, economic and daily life activities
  • Support to help you get or keep a job
  • Mobility equipment, vehicle and home modification, assistive technology, specialist assessments and aids and equipment, so you can participate in recreation and leisure activities and complete household tasks
  • Behaviour and therapeutic support to help you gain skills and improve independence.

What supports are ‘reasonable and necessary’?

Supports must be related to your disability and may not include day-to-day living costs unrelated to your disability support needs; they must also represent value for money and be likely to be effective and beneficial. Supports in your plan will also take into account the informal supports provided to you by family, carers and the community.

If you’re not sure what is ‘reasonable and necessary’, when you think about your goals ask yourself if it’s something that somebody who does NOT have a disability would need. For example, you may wish to access fitness classes at your local gym twice a week, but your disability may prevent you from attending without a support person. The NDIS may fund a support person so you can access the class, but it will not fund the class itself (as this is considered an everyday expense).