Everything you need to know about NDIS plan categories

While the NDIS is constantly changing, one thing is for sure, understanding your NDIS plan is the best way to ease some NDIS stress. Let’s jump straight into it…

NDIS plans are broken up into 3 main categories- Core Supports, Capacity Building Supports & Capital Supports.

If this isn’t your first NDIS plan you have probably come across those category names before. However, under each main category there are different support categories. To have supports/services/items funded through an NDIS plan they must fall within the outline of a support category. Below we break down what is covered in each of these categories. Visit the NDIS Price Guide for detailed descriptions on each of the support categories listed below.

The information below is only a small snapshot/example of some items that may or may not be funded within your NDIS plan. Each NDIS plan is different based on the persons individual circumstances, disability and goals. Because of this, if you are unsure if an item/support can be covered within your NDIS plan, we suggest contacting the NDIS on 1800 800 110, chatting with your Support Coordinator, LAC or ECEI, or your plan manager before purchasing the item/accessing the service.

Quotable supports*

Items with an asterisk (*) in the table below mean this is a quotable item/support, e.g. meal delivery*. Funding for these supports can only be claimed if it has been specifically included in the plan. More information/approval is required BEFORE you can purchase or access these supports. This is done on an individual basis, so reach out to the NDIS or your plan manager to chat about your situation. You may be asked to provide:

  • a report from an allied health or medical professional
  • A quote from your chosen provider that outlines your requirements and the funds needed

You may also like to check out another helpful BudgetNet article: “What does the NDIS pay for?” for more details around Reasonable & Necessary supports.

Core Supports

Core supports help participants with their everyday needs and is the most flexible funding within an NDIS plan. Generally, the budget can be used across all 4 support categories, however, there are a few restrictions- especially within the transport budget.

Support CategoryDescription What can it be used for?

Assistance with Daily Life

Portal: Daily Activities



Assistance with your everyday needs.What might be funded:


Garden Maintenance

Meal delivery*

Linen service*

Respite- short term accommodation

Cannot fund: Rent, household bills, medication.




Everyday items you may need, this may include continence products or equipment to improve your independence and/or mobility.What might be funded:

Continence items

Low-cost assistive technology: e.g walking sticks, modified eating aids, hand rails, some low cost computer software/apps.

Cannot fund: Weighted blankets, groceries.

Assistance with Social & Community Participation


Portal: Social, community and civic participation

Supports you need to participate in social activities and to access your local community.What might be funded:

Support Worker, Centre Based Programs (Day Programs).

Cannot fund:

Recreational pursuits- Movie tickets, museum entry, sporting tickets etc. (for both participant & support workers)

TransportPaid to help you travel to work, school, or attend appointments that help you reach your plan goals.How transport is paid will be different for each participant.

The NDIS website has more  information about transport funding.

Capacity Building Supports

Capacity Building Supports help participants build their skills and independence. The funding within each support category is not flexible and can only be used for approved items/supports that fall within that support category.

Support CategoryDescriptionWhat can it be used for?
Improved Life Choices

Portal: CB Choice and Control

Fixed amount to access plan management services.Plan Management


Improved Daily Living

Portal: CB Daily Activity

Assessment, training, or therapy to help increase your skills, independence, and community participation.

These services may be delivered in groups or individually.

What might be funded:

Allied Health such as Speech therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy.

Driving lessons*

Tablet to access telehealth services*

Nurse supports

Art therapy (when conducted by an OT or qualified therapist)

Improved Learning

Portal: CB Lifelong Learning



Support to help you move from school to further education.What might be funded: Training and/or advice to move from School to TAFE or University.

Support worker to assist you in preparing for further education.

Cannot fund: School books, TAFE course fees, University fees.

Improved Health & Wellbeing

Portal: CB Health & Wellbeing

Exercise or diet advice to manage the impact of your disability.What might be funded:

Dietician, Personal Training, Exercise physiology.

Cannot Fund: Gym Memberships, Massage.

Improved Relationships

Portal: CB Relationships



This support will help you develop positive behaviours and interact with others.What might be funded:

Specialist behavioural intervention support including temporary use of restrictive practices, Behaviour Management Plans.

Training for carers on how to implement behaviour management strategies.

Finding & Keeping a job

Portal: CB Employment

This may include employment related support, training and assessments that help you find and keep a job.What might be funded:

Supports for employment

School leaver employment support (SLES)

NOTE: funding for this category could also be claimed from core- social & community participation.

Cannot fund: Work clothes

Increased Social & Community Participant

Portal: CB Social Community and Civic Participation

Development and training to increase your skills so you can participate in community, social and recreational activity.What might be funded:

Art classes, Sports coaching, classes that build skill or independence, camps/respite that include capacity building activities.

Cannot fund: Sports uniform, unmodified sporting equipment.

Improved Living Arrangements

Portal: CB Home Living

Support to help you find and maintain an appropriate place to live.What might be funded:

Support worker to assist you with applying for rental properties, inspecting properties, negotiating contracts etc.

Cannot fund: Rent, legal fees for rental disputes.

Support CoordinationFixed amount for a Support Coordinator to help you use your plan.Support Coordination

Capital Support

Capital Supports are available to participants who require higher cost assistive technology, equipment and home or vehicle modifications. Funding can only be used to purchase these specific items and usually require an Occupational Therapist report and approval from the NDIA prior to purchase.

Support CategoryDescriptionWhat can it be used for?
Assistive TechnologyThis includes equipment items for mobility, personal care, communication, and recreational inclusion. Complex equipment over $1500, assessed and fitted by a professional.

Most of these items will be quoted or stated supports with funding available specifically for that item and outlined in the plan.

What might be funded: Wheelchairs/scooters, vehicle modifications, mechanical hoists, prosthetic devices.

Cannot fund: items unrelated to goals/everyday items such as TV’s, mobile phones, internet bills.

Home ModificationsHome modifications such as installation of a large custom ramp, bathroom redesign or specialist disability accommodation.What might be funded:

Builder’s plans, materials and labour can all be claimed from this category depending on the build requirements.


We’ve tried to make this category breakdown as easy as possible and hope it has helped to understand where your services/items funding will be drawn from. Don’t forget, our team are experts with NDIS categories!

When you’re plan managed with BudgetNet you will receive a monthly statement which gives you the available funding you have in each of these support categories. It’s an easy way to keep track of how much you’ve spent and what you have remaining in your NDIS plan budget.

For more information about you NDIS funding you can contact:

If you’re interested in accessing BudgetNet Plan Management, reach out to the team on 1300 402 568 or learn more about our simple registration process.