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NDIS supports

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Tue, 2018-05-08 09:52 -- Leonie Hogarth

As we continue to support people through the NDIS journey, we are often asked to explain the difference between Core, Capacity and Capacity Building supports. 

Below is an excerpt taken from the 2017/18 NDIS Price Guide for NSW/VIC/QLD/TAS– that provides a good over view of each of these categories. The price guide can be found at:

Each participant with funding under the NDIS is given a budget that aligns with their individual plan an dsupports them in achieving their goals. These budgets are broken into three Support Purpose categories: core, capital and capacity building:

  1. CORE - A support that enables a participant to complete activities of daily living and enables them to work towards their goals and meet their objectives. Participant budgets are flexible across the four sub-catagories: Assistance with daily living, except where a budget is allocated to Supported Independent Living (SIL), which is always Agency managed; Transport; Consumables; and Assistance with Social and Community Participation. A participant may choose how to spend their core support fudning, but cannot reallocate core support funding to other support purposes (ie. capital or capacity building supports).
  2. CAPITAL - An investment, such as assistive technologies - equipment, home or vehicle modifications, or for Specialist Disability Accommodation. Participant budgets for this support purpose are restricted to specific items identified in the participant's plan. Most items require quotes, which means that providers must negotiate a price with a particpant in accordance with the specifications usually developed by asn assessing therapist. The funding for supports will, as needed, include assessment, delivery, set-up, adjustment and maintenance costs.
  3. CAPACITY BUILDING - A support that enables a participant to build their independence and skills. Participant budgets are allocated at a support category level and must be used to achieve the goals set out in the participant's plan. These supports include Support Coordination, Improved Living Arrangements, Increased Social and Community Participation, DInding and Keppeing a Job, Improved Relationships, Improved Health and Wellbeing, Improved Learning, Improved Life Choices and Improved Daily Living Skills.
Don’t forget – it is important to ensure that the supports you require, aligned to your unique goals, is identified within your Planning Meeting – as some of the supports types are not flexible, and you want to  ensure that the funding has been allocated to the correct section.  You can ask the Planner at your meeting, to summarise and confirm the information at the end of your meeting. 
Epilepsy Queensland is here to help you at all stages of your NDIS journey – and can be contacted on 07 3435 5000, 1300 852 853 (outside Brisbane) or email