Navigating the NDIS Price Guide – Low Risk Equipment
A little bit of knowledge can go a long way - especially when it comes to navigating the NDIS price guide!
The NDIS payment system is broken into three types of funding - core, capital and capacity building. Each type of funding allows you to spend your NDIS funding in certain areas of support. Core funding is a support that enables people to complete activities of daily living such as social and community participation, consumables, daily activities and transport - to empower you to work towards your goals and objectives.
Under core funding there is an item called ‘Daily Adaptive Equipment’. This little known item allows you to buy low risk equipment, such as aids and equipment for personal care. Typically these items cost less than $500 and there is often a line in your plan outlining this.
When new NDIS participant, Kathryn (name changed) received her first plan, she didn’t realise it wouldn’t allow for wheelchair maintenance. This was a problem! Kathryn approached her Local Area Coordinator (LAC) to ask if provisions could be made for wheelchair maintenance in her plan but was informed it was too late – that she should have been more organised and requested it at the time of her NDIS planning meeting. Feeling a little disheartened, Kathryn contacted AQA’s NDIS Support Coordination Service about how this concern could be resolved. Checking Kathryn’s core budget AQA quickly calculated that she had some spare money in her current budget, and was able to assist her in purchasing the tyres she needed directly through a registered NDIS supplier. Kathryn’s learning from this was that being as prepared as possible for your planning meeting is incredibly important. It can also be extremely valuable to ask for Support Coordination to be included in your NDIS plan. Not only do Support Coordinators have vast knowledge and experience, which will help advise and guide you, but they can also help you resolve issues and concerns, such as Kathryn not initially having funding for wheelchair maintenance.
Knowing and understanding the price guide is a really good way to understand the choices you have within your plan and give you the greatest control. It is quite a large and comprehensive document which can be a little overwhelming. However, having it handy to skim over and highlight the sections relevant to your life, or going through it with your Support Coordinator can have immense benefits. There are a number of things that you may be able to get covered by your NDIS plan that you don’t know about, so looking through the price guide and seeking advice is always going to be useful before your first planning meeting or planning review.
To find out more about what other low cost/low risk equipment is covered by Daily Adaptive Equipment click here. The line item number for this specific support item is: 03_131_0103_1_1. If you need help using this support item or understanding the price guide please contact your NDIS Support Coordinator or LAC.