What services does the NDIS cover?
The NDIS provides funding for ‘reasonable and necessary’ supports that are related to your disability or mental illness.
The NDIS funds supports that:
- represent good value for money
- are likely to be effective and beneficial, and
- take into account existing support received from family members, carers and the community.
Some examples of the support the NDIS may cover include:
- personal assistance to get up and ready for the day
- equipment such as a wheelchair or scooter to assist you to move around independently
- support to build your skills in cooking, cleaning or how to use public transport.
The NDIS does not pay for day-to-day living costs, such as:
- gym memberships
- other personal expenses.
These costs are paid for with your income or pension. The NDIS is not means tested and will not impact your pension. However, if you receive the disability support pension (DSP), this does not mean you will be eligible for the NDIS.
The NDIS does not replace support already provided by mainstream services in the health, education, employment and community sectors. These sectors will continue to provide support as usual.