Therapy Services and NDIS Funding

Therapy Services are a regular feature of NDIS plans and there are some things that are worth knowing to ensure you maximise your plan.

There are three capacity building sections of your plan which can be used for therapy.

  1. Improved Daily Living (category 15)
  2. Improved Health & Wellbeing (category 12)
  3. Improved Relationships (category 11)

1. Improved Daily Living (category 15)

Improved Daily Living is the most common inclusion in plans. You can use this for therapies such as Speech Pathology, Psychology, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, as well as alternatives such as music, equine and dance therapy.

Some of these therapies like an Occupational Therapist can provide reports for things such as home modifications, assistive technology, or additional therapies. This can be especially useful for plan reviews.

 2. Improved Health & Wellbeing (category 12)

The Improved Health & Wellbeing area is all about mobility and increasing your health and wellbeing, such as exercise physiology, dietitians, and personal training.

3. Improved Relationships (category 11)

Improved Relationships is designed to help you to make positive changes to your ability to socialise and relate to others. It can include supports like psychologists and behavioural therapists.

What if you run out of therapy funding?

Funding for therapies can be flexible. If you have used all the funding available in your plan for a specific type of therapy, you can use your Core Supports budget to pay for it.

You should always try and use the relevant budget first before using your core funding. This will help you avoid running out of your core budget, while still having Capacity Building funds left, which aren’t as flexible.  

For example, you might have a set budget to see a psychologist, which falls under therapy funding and a set budget for a cleaner, which falls under your core budget. If you run out of money for your therapy funding, you can use your core budget. However, you will then have less money to spend on cleaning.

Learn more about support budgets on the NDIS website.

For more information you can call us on 1300 60 33 89 or contact your Support Coordinator or Local Area Coordinator.