Supports available

The NDIS Outcomes Framework has been developed to understand whether the NDIS is successfully helping people with a disability to achieve their goals and to measure how well the NDIS is working. There are eight Outcome Domains which help individuals and/or families to think about their goals in different life areas and to assist planners to explore where people already have enough support and where more support is needed.

  1. Daily Living
  2. Home
  3. Health and Wellbeing
  4. Lifelong Learning
  5. Work
  6. Social and Community Participation
  7. Relationships
  8. Choice and Control

You are not expected to have goals in each area. Generally speaking it is good to have two broad goals and some more specific ones for the future. For example, ‘to have the equipment and support I need to live as independently as possible’ or ‘to have the support I need to access and contribute to the community’.
Some examples of supports and services the NDIS may fund for people with a disability include:

  • Personal care
  • Work and study
  • Mobility and technological aids
  • Living skills, like shopping or cooking
  • Connecting with support groups
  • Occupational therapy or physiotherapy
  • Community and sports activities
  • Accommodation services

The NDIS gives you a chance to think more broadly about your brother or sister’s support needs and be more creative about who can help out.

It can be helpful to ask, who provides these supports now? Is it mainly family or outside services? If family were not available, what supports would Matthew need to be able to reach his goals in the eight domains listed above? Are there new things he could try?
Supports might include ‘core’ (help with shaving, washing clothes), ‘capital’ (home modification e.g. ‘grab rail’, communication device), and ‘capacity building’ (a support worker to help to participate in the community, develop relationships, learning e.g. cooking or independent travel, a physio or trainer to help with gym).

 

Every person’s Participant Plan will be different. The amount of funding your brother or sister receives will depend on their level of disability and support needs, their goals, what is in their plan and what the NDIS determines is ‘reasonable and necessary’ supports for them.
The support given must be related to your brother or sister’s disability and must be good value for money. The NDIS will not fund something a member of the community would generally pay for themselves e.g. the NDIS would not buy a car for someone, but they might pay for disability-specific modifications. They would not fund a movie ticket but might cover the costs of a support person to go with your brother or sister to the movies.

The NDIS aims to help people with disability throughout their life. As your brother or sister’s needs change, their plan can be reviewed and their support changed to better meet their needs. For example, a review would be necessary if/when your brother or sister moves out of the family home, or when your parents age or pass away. You can also call the NDIS office and ask for an immediate review if there is a sudden change, e.g., a death in the family. Otherwise, it is expected their NDIS plan will be reviewed annually. For more detail see the NDIS page on supports, or this nice summary through Ability Options