NDIS FAQs: What the NDIS can do for you and your loved one
The NDIS can help with a diverse range of needs and supports for people with disability. However, with this long list of disability supports and services, it can be hard to know where to start when NDIS planning and knowing what exactly the service can do for you. This is why we’ve put together a list of NDIS FAQs to help you make the most out of your NDIS journey.
Q: What types of supports can the NDIS fund?
A: NDIS funding covers a diverse range of supports including, but not limited to, personal care, domestic assistance, community access, equipment and modifications, transport, short-term accommodation and respite care.
Q: Can NDIS help with housing?
A: Yes, the NDIS can assist with housing in a variety of ways. It can help you with short-term housing and finding and keeping long-term housing. The NDIS classifies this assistance as ‘Assistance with Daily Life.’ Home modifications can also be requested, coming from a CAPITAL budget.
Q: Can NDIS help with rent?
A: Yes, the NDIS can assist with rent by funding community housing or supported living arrangements. The NDIS classifies this assistance as ‘Accommodation and Tenancy.’
Q: Can NDIS pay for courses?
A: The NDIS can assist you in paying for courses that will improve your skills and job opportunities. The NDIS can provide funding for support workers, tuition fees, course materials and other necessary costs for those looking to study or train. The NDIS classifies this assistance as ‘Capacity Building.’ NDIS will pay for inclusion programs where you can ‘go & try’ then do a series of lessons/ activities which is funded by your CORE budget.
Q: Can NDIS pay for driving lessons?
A: Yes, the NDIS can assist you in paying for driving lessons. The NDIS provides funding for driving lessons under the ‘Assistance with Transport’ category in order to provide people with disabilities with increased independence and community participation. You will need an OT assessment and the lessons must be with an accredited OT driving instructor.
Q: Can NDIS pay for medication?
A: No, the NDIS does not cover medication costs. However, in some instances, if you need medication to participate in NDIS-covered activities, the cost of that medication may be covered. For example, if you require asthma medication to participate in a swimming lesson, the cost of the medication would be covered.
Q: Can NDIS pay for a car?
A: No, the NDIS does not pay for the purchase of a car. However, if you need a car to participate in NDIS-covered activities, the cost of that car modifications may be covered.
If you require a car to travel to medical appointments, you can use your transport allowance or have a support worker take you.
Q: Can NDIS pay for a gym membership?
A: No, the NDIS does not pay for gym memberships. However, if you need a gym membership to participate in NDIS-covered activities, the cost of that membership may be covered. For example, if you need a gym membership to attend a group exercise class, the cost of that gym membership would be covered.
Direct Care Australia are experts in NDIS supports and services, specialising in a range of NDIS supports and services in South Australia. If you need any further assistance, contact Sharon Miller or Sanya Sood on 0410 620 170 or 1300 122 730 or via email at to discuss how we can support you to access support or assistive technology.