Even when you have decided what to do with your life, situations can change in an instant.
That’s what happened for Shaun. He had a fulfilling career, until one day at work he received an acquired brain injury and could no longer perform his job. Shaun needed to begin his career all over again, but where to start?
Since his condition has stabilised but is permanent, Shaun is able to access the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). As an insurance scheme, the NDIS invests in early intervention and skills-building to give you tools that can assist throughout your life, rather than temporary, short-term fixes. While the supports may be available to Shaun through the NDIS, the idea of negotiating the system can feel complicated and daunting.
To help clients like Shaun understand the NDIS process, Challenge Community Services has launched a new ebook The School Leaver’s Complete Guide to the NDIS. The ebook is designed to not only provide a complete overview of the NDIS process for school leavers, but also as a handy reference tool if you have a specific question you need answered, regardless of your stage in life.
Your NDIS plan is designed to match your personal goals and includes three budgets you can use to achieve those goals. The Core Supports Budget provides funding for the supports you need for everyday living; the Capacity Building Budget pays for activities that will enable you to build your independence and life skills; and the Capital Support Budget allocates funds for assistive technologies, modifications and equipment to make living easier.
There are four categories in the Core Supports Budget: daily activities, social participation, consumables and transport (under certain circumstances). The funding in this budget is flexible and you can choose how to divide the money amongst the four categories, provided you do exceed the total amount budgeted for Core Supports. Some of this funding may be quarantined and paid to you periodically by the NDIA for specific purposes, such as quotes, accommodation, and transport.
Shaun was able to secure a supported employment position as a Timber Assistant at Challenge’s Koora Industries. Shaun can use his NDIS Capacity Building Budget to achieve his personal goals and build his capacity to live an independent and fulfilling life. For example, this budget covers the support Shaun received to help him through the process of obtaining both his driver’s licence and his forklift licence.
While Shaun had to save up and pay for his 4WD vehicle himself, he can use his Capital Support Budget to make modifications he requires because of his disability, provided his vehicle is less than three years old and the modifications are approved via an Occupational Therapy assessment. The Capital Support Budget funds special equipment and adjustments to your home or vehicle that are necessary for you to live comfortably and independently. You can only use funding in this budget for specific quotes.
You can find more information on each NDIS budget and how to apply them to your life goals in Challenge’s new ebook:
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