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There are 3 types of budgets in an NDIS Plan – your plan may include one, two or all three kinds. See below to find out what you can spend the different budget funds on:

1 Core – This budget is the most flexible, and in most cases (not all), you can use your funding across any of the following four support categories – transport, consumables, assistance with daily life (daily activities), and assistance with social/community/civic participation.

2 Capital – this pays for things like assistive technology, home and vehicle modifications and specialized disability accommodation (SDA) It is important to remember that funds within the Capital Supports budget can only be used for their specific purpose and cannot be used to pay for anything else.

3 Capacity Building – This budget is for things like Support Coordination, Improved Living Arrangements, Increased social/community/civic participation, Employment – Finding and Keeping a Job, Improved Relationships, Health and Wellbeing, Learning, Life Choices (choice & control) and Improved Daily Living Skills. Unlike your Core Supports budget, your Capacity Building Supports budget cannot be moved from one support category to another. 

*Please note that these budget items are named slightly differently depending on if you have a paper or PDF plan, or are viewing it in the Portal. We have an information sheet here that helps you understand the different terms Paper vs Portal Budget Names // Plan Tracker.

You can find more helpful information including case studies, visit the NDIS Support budgets in your plan | NDIS



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