Understanding Your Capacity Building Support Categories

There are three categories of support that you may be funded for under your NDIS plan – Core, Capital, and Capacity Building Supports. Under Capacity Building Supports, there are nine support categories which are designed to help you live your best life as independently as possible. To fully maximise your NDIS plan, it’s important to understand each of the nine support categories within Capacity Building Supports and how they can help you.


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Support Coordination


Support coordination services are linked with the NDIA but are provided by an external business. A support coordinator can help you to put your plan in action, organise your supports, help you to build connections within your community, and help you to prepare for your plan review. Not everyone will be funded for support coordination so if you feel this support is something you need, discuss this with your Local Area Coordinator (LAC) or NDIA planner during your planning meeting or plan review. If you have received funding for support coordination, you can choose the support coordinator that works best for you.


Improved Living Arrangements


Improved living arrangements can help you to find suitable accommodation to live more independently. Funding in this category may cover someone assisting you with property inspections and contact negotiations, assistance applying for a rental property, ensuring your needs are met within the property and helping meet tenancy obligations.


Note: In your NDIS plan this category is listed as Improved Living Arrangements, but on the NDIS online portal – myplace – it is listed as CB Home Living.


Increased Social and Community Participation


Increased social and community participation is aimed to help build skills through access to your community. This can fund things within the community like tuition fees, art classes, sporting activities and coaching, camps, and mentors and therapists who can help build skills for independence. Transport for activities may also be funded under this category.


Note: In your NDIS plan this category is listed as Increased Social and Community Participation, but on the NDIS online portal – myplace – it is listed as CB Social Community and Civic Participation.


Finding and Keeping a Job


Finding and keeping a job is a goal for many NDIS participants. This category can provide support throughout the job searching process as well as assistance to maintain your job. This budget may fund things like, a support worker to help you find a job and/or assist while at your job (i.e., on-the-job training to help you work towards managing your work independently), life/work coaches, private recruitment specialists, career counsellors and employment mentors.


Note: In your NDIS plan this category is listed as Finding and Keeping a Job, but on the NDIS online portal – myplace – it is listed as CB Employment.


Improved Relationships


Improved relationships can help you to build your skills to better connect with and build or strengthen relationships within your community. Funding under this category may cover someone who can help you to build these skills, or someone who can assist with behavioural therapy services.


Note: In your NDIS plan this category is listed as Improved Relationships, but on the NDIS online portal – myplace – it is listed as CB Relationships.


Improved Health and Wellbeing


Health and wellbeing are super important, and this funding category can assist with funding services like personal trainers, exercise physiotherapists, and dieticians to help you to improve your skills to maintain your health and wellbeing.


Note: In your NDIS plan this category is listed as Improved Health and Wellbeing, but on the NDIS online portal – myplace – it is listed as CB Health and Wellbeing.


Improved Learning


Improved learning can help you further your education. Whether you’re leaving school, have recently left school or have been out of school for some time, this funding category can fund a support worker to help you to university or TAFE.


Note: In your NDIS plan this category is listed as Improved Learning, but on the NDIS online portal – myplace – it is listed as CB Lifelong Learning.


Improved Life Choices


Improved life choices is all about plan management and the choice and control a plan manager can provide as part of your support team. To be funded for improved life choices, you will need to request plan management as your preference for the financial management of your NDIS plan (the other two options are NDIA management or self-management) during your planning meeting or plan review meeting. Your plan manager (like us at First2Care!) will ensure that you maintain choice and control over your plan while managing the financial and administrative tasks associated with your plan.


Note: In your NDIS plan this category is listed as Improved Life Choices, but on the NDIS online portal – myplace – it is listed as CB Choice and Control.


Improved Daily Living


Improved daily living can fund your therapies and other programs aimed at helping you build your capacity and reduce the impact of your disability. Support providers like physiotherapists, speech pathologists, occupational therapists or other therapists that can assist you to become more independent with your daily living tasks fall under this support budget.


Note: In your NDIS plan this category is listed as Improved Daily Living, but on the NDIS online portal – myplace – it is listed as CB Daily Activity.


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