Support Category

Support Category Description

  1. Core Supports

Core supports help with my everyday activities, my current disability related needs and to work towards my goals.

My Core Supports budget is mostly flexible, which means I can use funding from one category to pay for another.

Where support category funding is not flexible, it is shown as a ‘stated’ support. This means I have to use the funding for only the support specified.

1.1 Assistance with Daily Life

Supports to assist or supervise you with your personal tasks during day-to-day life that enable you to live as independently as possible. These supports can be provided individually in a range of environments, including your own home.

1.2Assistance with Social, Economic & Community Participation

Supports that assist with or supervising you to engage in community, social, recreational, or economic activities. These supports can be provided in a range of environments, such as in the community or a centre.


Supports to assist with purchasing everyday use items. For example, Continence and Home Enteral Nutrition (HEN) products are included in this category.

1.4 Transport

Supports to allow you to pay a provider to transport you to an activity that is not itself a support – or to a support that is delivered by another provider. This enables you to travel to and from appointments or your place of work.

  1. Capacity Building Supports

Capacity Building supports are intended to build my independence and reduce my

need for the same level of support into the future. My progress and outcomes from these supports will be shared at each plan reassessment.

Unlike my Core Supports budget, my Capacity Building Supports budget is not flexible. I can only use this funding to buy approved individual supports that fall within that Capacity Building category.

2.1 Choice & Control

Supports to help you manage your plan funding and pay for services using a registered plan manager.

2.2 Improved Daily Living Skills

Assessment, training, or therapy (including Early Childhood Intervention) to help build your skills, independence and community participation. These services can be delivered in groups or individually.

  1. Capital Supports

Capital supports include more expensive pieces of assistive technology, equipment and home or vehicle modifications and Specialist Disability Accommodation. My Capital supports funding cannot be used to pay for anything else.

3.1 Assistive Technology

Assistive technology is equipment, technology and devices that help you do things you can’t do because of your disability. Or things that help you do something more easily or safely, such as wheelchairs or vehicle modifications

4. Recurring Supports

Some plans may also have funding listed under another Support Category called My Recurring Supports.

This is for funding that NDIS pays a person regularly that they don’t need to claim for.

  • The recurring support funding is paid regularly (as per agreed frequency) to their nominated bank account.
  • These values are not included anywhere else in the budget.
  • Where these funds are paid, they will be included in a table under Funding Budget Type of Periodic Supports.
  • The description under this Funding Budget Type will be specific to the purpose of the funds being provided to that person.

Further Information/Background

New NDIS plans are created in template format.

  • The plan format is identical for all, just the values are different for each person.
  • They are very generic where funding description is concerned, with funding for specific quotes/values/purpose not being specifically stated, but rather a standard ‘example’ is given.  For example, in Assistive Technology it states …

“Assistive technology is equipment, technology and devices that help you do things you can’t do because of your disability.

Or things that help you do something more easily or safely, such as wheelchairs or vehicle modifications.”

Plans have the same 3 primary Support Budget Types i.e.

  1. Core
  2. Capacity Building
  3. Capital

Each of these Budget Types then have a sub-set of budget types, with a dollar value allocated against it e.g.

  • Assistance with Daily Living
  • Assistance with Social, Economic & Community Participation
  • Consumables

When a funding budget type is not relevant to a person e.g., Transport, this category will still be in the plan with the generic description, but no funding value will be included.

The new plans have 3 columns….

  • The first column of the plan has the budget type and description.
    • These are detailed below.
  • The second column is headed Frequency Amount
    • This denotes how much funding is allocated with a specified period e.g. $2,000 made available in my 12 month plan
  • The Third column is Total Amount
    • This will be the same amount as the Frequency Amount for a one-year plan i.e., $2,000
  • The amount will be double that for a two-year plan e.g. $4,000 etc.