The NDIS looks at supports in 4 categories. Everyone uses a range of natural and mainstream supports, and people with a disability may also use disability specific supports.

Informal supports

This type of support refers to the care and help you get from family and friends. Think about the informal supports that you have in your life already. The NDIS does not pay for these types of supports.

Community Supports

This refers to the activities and services offered in your local community – local library, cafes, gym, shopping, local festivals, celebrations, etc. These facilities and amenities are available to all members of the local community. The NDIS does not pay for these facilities (eg gym membership) but they can fund supports to access community activities.

Mainstream supports

These are typical supports for any child of the same age – MCHN, hospital, education, kindergarten, play group, sports club.

The NDIS does not fund mainstream supports such as as they are funded by other departments.

Reasonable and necessary funded supports

Reasonable and necessary supports are funded by the NDIS to help a participant to reach their goals and aspirations in a range of areas, including daily life, social and community participation, independence, living arrangements and health and wellbeing, and employment. In NDIS terminology these are the supports that will assist a person with a disability to achieve Core, Capital or Capacity Building purposes.

To learn more about what is considered ‘reasonable and necessary’, click here.