Understanding the NDIS

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new way of providing disability supports and funding. An important part of being an NDIS participant is having choice and control over the funding you get through your plan, which outlines the goals you want to achieve.

“Kurrajong First Contact staff have been a godsend; they helped pull together Nikayla’s goals for the NDIS plan as well as coming to the meetings with us. I don’t think the outcome of our plan would have been as good without Kurrajong First Contact’s help.”

Julie Greer (Nikayla’s mother)

An NDIS plan is your individual budget. The budget is broken down into three areas, each with its own specific purpose.

These areas are:

Capital – which includes supports such as assistive technologies, equipment and home or vehicle modifications, to help you with your everyday life.

Capital categories:

  • Assistive technology
  • Home

Capacity building – which includes therapies to help you build the skills you need to live the life you want, such as opportunities to further your education, take part in social activities, learn something new and work, where possible. It includes:

  • Coordination of supports
  • Improved living arrangements
  • Increased social and community participation
  • Finding and keeping a job
  • Improved relationships
  • Improved learning
  • Improved life choices
  • Improved daily living skills

Core – which includes supports to help you with day-to-day activities and to take part more, socially and economically, in your community.

Core funding (or core budget) goes towards your plan for everyday living activities and working towards your longer-term goals. It’s made up of different categories of support including:

  • Consumables (like buying everyday items such as continence aids)
  • Daily activities (like support with self-care activities during the day or evening)
  • Assistance with social and community participation (like supports to help you take part in social or recreation activities).
  • Transport

To provide clients with choice and control, core funding can be used flexibly depending on the types of supports a client wants to receive.

Each year you will meet with a local area coordinator (LAC) from the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), the agency responsible for the NDIS. At this meeting they will review your current support needs, future goals, and find out from you what you need to live a life of choice.

The LAC will then send information back to an NDIS planner, who will then work out what budgets should be included in your NDIS plan. The plan is sent to you by mail. You will then be able to spend the budgets with disability service providers or other organisations to help you achieve your goals.

We can help you through the entire process, from pre-planning, through to implementation and service delivery. We can even join your planning meeting if you want.

We are registered to deliver all categories of support under the NDIS, except for Improved health and wellbeing.

You can find more information about our NDIS supports by navigating the menu on the right of this page.