The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) funds activities it considers are reasonable and necessary for you to fully participate in life.
These activities can be education, employment, social participation, independence, living arrangements and health and wellbeing services, or even sex services.
To be considered reasonable and necessary, the NDIS says these supports should be:
- related to your disability
- be value for money
- be likely to be effective and work for you
- take into account supports you already receive from the government, your family, carers, support networks and the community
- not include day-to-day living costs not related to your disability support needs
When working out whether you should ask for supports ask yourself, does this:
- help me pursue my goals, objectives and aspirations
- increase my independence
- increase my participation in work or the community
- develop my capacity to take part in the community
The NDIS has operational guidelines it follows when judging whether it should back particular supports for you.
If you have an NDIS plan or are updating the one you have, remember you can get help working out what services can be covered by your budgets.
If you or your supporters have any queries about the NDIS, you can call People with Disability Australia's (PWDA's) Information, Intake and Referral Service on 1800 843 929.