The NDIS provides funding to participants to purchase a range of supports aimed at increasing the participants independence, inclusion, and social and economic participation.

In the NDIS payment system, supports for participants fall into three categories. Within a plan, participant budgets are subject to NDIS rules in relation to these three categories. They are:


A support that enables a participant to complete activities of daily living and enables them to work towards their goals and meet their objectives.

Daily Activities
• Help around the house – cooking or doing the laundry
• Support in independent or shared living arrangements
• Respite care
Social, Community and Civic Participation
• Getting out and about to the gym, pool or any type of social activity
• Taking a class – dance, craft, cooking, things that help develop your skills
• Support to help purchase everyday items – home enteral nutrition products, interpreting and translating
• Specialised transport for people that are unable to use public transport


An investment, such as assistive technologies, equipment and home or vehicle modifications, or funding for capital costs (e.g. to pay for Specialist Disability Accommodation).

Assistive Technologies
• To assist around the house
• For recreation and getting out and about
• To modify a vehicle to be safe as a passenger or assistance to drive
Home Modifications
• Putting in aids around the house – rails, ramps and any modifications that make living in your home easier
Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA)
• Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) for complex needs

Capacity Building

A support that enables a participant to build their independence and skills.

Support Coordination
• Help to get the most value out of your funded package
• Link you in with all of the different service providers that you may need
Improved Living Arrangements
• Support to understand and improve whatever your living arrangement is
• Help with your living arrangements: obligations and individual skill development
Increased Social and Community Participation
• Support for community access programs
• Support for centre based respite
• Assistance to get you out and about
Finding and Keeping a Job
• Help in a work setting – looking for work or study
• Help in maintaining you in work or study
Improved Relationships
• Behaviour support plans
• Assistance in building life skills
Improved Health and Wellbeing
• Personal training
• Exercise plans
• Help to increase movement and mobility
Improved Learning
• Skills training to help you move from school to further education
Improved Life Choices
• Planning and plan management
Improved Daily Living
• Assistance to increase skills, independence and community participation
• Specialised driver training
• Early childhood intervention
• Massage and other therapy services