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November 15th 2021

NDIS funding category: Capacity Building

NDIS funding is allocated across three categories – Core Supports, Capacity Building and Capital Supports.

Here we’re going to look at the second NDIS funding category, Capacity Building. This is the funding that helps you build your skills and independence to help you achieve your goals.

There are 9 categories in Capacity Building, however, it’s not as flexible as Core Supports. You can’t move your funding from one category to another. You can only use your funding for approved individual supports that fall within each category.

1. Support Coordination

A Support Coordinator helps you find providers and then helps you develop the skills to work with those providers. They encourage your independence by showing you how to book and keep track of your services and understand when you’re getting excellent service.

NDIS participants who are likely to be approved for Support Coordination include those who are new to the scheme, have limited support from people around them, have limited capacity to implements supports in their plan or are experiencing a life transition or change in circumstances.

2. Improved Living Arrangements

This Capacity Building budget will give you support to help you find and maintain an appropriate place to live. The budget can help you find someone to take with you to view rental properties with you so you can understand what to look for.

They can also help you understand your rental agreements or tenancy agreements so you can be more confident in finding a place to live.

3. Increased Social & Community Participation

This budget gives you the development and training to help you take part in community events. They might help you join a local community group or sporting club and help you develop your social skills.

4. Finding & Keeping a Job

This Capacity Building support includes employment-related help. You might need someone to help you write a resume and cover letter for a job application.

Perhaps a support worker could help you with interview questions or provide you with some basic administration skills to further your career prospects.

5. Improved relationships

This support can help you build more positive relationships with your friends and family. It could help you by funding you to see a psychologist or therapist to better understand your own emotions so you can form better relationships with others.

6. Improved Health & Wellbeing

This Capacity Building support helps you understand how to better care for yourself. It can include learning how to make your own healthy meals by consulting with a nutritionist or understanding the importance of exercise by seeing a personal trainer. It’s important to note that the NDIS doesn’t pay for gym memberships.

7. Improved Learning

This budget helps you improve your education. It might include support for TAFE or university, helping you learn study skills or giving you advice to help you transition from school to further education.

8. Improved Life Choices

This Capacity Building NDIS funding can help you learn how to manage your own money. It provides you with help for NDIS plan budgeting so you can self-manage your NDIS plan.

9. Improved Daily Living

This funding provides assessment, training or therapy to help you increase your skills, independent and community participation. It could include individual or group physiotherapy or other therapies to help you become more independent.  

Need help to understand your Capacity Building budget? Get in touch with us to find out how we can help you maximise your NDIS funding to achieve your goals.

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