NDIS Glossary- understanding the most common terms.

Here atBudgetNetwe know how hard it can be to understand the NDIS. Below we list the most common words you will come across on your NDIS journey.


NDIS: National Disability Insurance Scheme, support for people living with disabilities.

NDIA: National Disability Insurance Agency, the government department that implements the NDIS.

Participant: Someone who has been approved for the NDIS.

Nominee: Someone who can make decisions on behalf of a participant.  

Planner: Someone who works for the NDIA, their job is to create NDIS plans for participants.

Support Coordinator: Someone who works for a participant to implement their plan and connect them to services/supports to reach their goals.

LAC: Local Area Coordinator, works for the NDIA and will help write and manage your plan. They will also connect you with new services or supports.

ECEI Coordinator: Early Childhood Early Intervention Coordinator, assigned to children aged 0 – 6 years old by the NDIA. They will help children access the NDIS, help create their plan and connect them to services/supports.

Registered Provider: has completed the registration through the NDIS and can be used by all participants.

Non-Registered Provider: has not completed registration through the NDIS, can still work with self or plan managed participants.


NDIS Plan: Each participant receives a plan showing how much funding they have in different categories to use on services or supports.

Plan Goals: When a planner creates your plan, they will include the goals you want to reach. All supports or items purchased using your NDIS funding must relate to the goals in your plan.

Funding: This is the money made available to participants as part of their NDIS Plan

Categories: An NDIS plan is broken up into 3 main categories- Core Supports, Capital Supports, Capacity Building

Core Supports: This part of your plan is split into four sections: Assistance with Daily Living, Transport, Assistance with Social & Community Participation, and Consumables. Funding is flexible across all four sections of this category.

Capital Supports: This part of your plan is for higher-cost assistive technology, equipment, home or vehicle modifications, and specialist disability accommodation.

Capacity Building: This part of your plan is to help you build skills and independence. It covers support coordination, plan management, allied health, employment, and health and wellbeing.

Item Number/Line Item: The unique code that tells the NDIS which category to claim the funding from a participant’s plan. The NDIS price guide outlines all the line items under each category.

Price Limit/Price Cap: Each line item includes a price cap. This is the maximum amount the NDIS will pay for supports/items using that line item. Take a look at the NDIS price guide to check the price caps.


Plan Management: Where a company like BudgetNet pays a participant’s providers on their behalf using their NDIS funding.

Self-Management: Where a participant, family member or nominee manages all NDIS payments.

Agency Management: All payments are managed by the NDIA.

Learn more about the different management types. 


Service Agreement: A document that outlines what a provider is agreeing to offer a participant. This is a legal agreement that is signed by the provider and participant.

There is a lot to understand when it comes to the NDIS. BudgetNet can help answer your questions. Reach out to our team by calling 1300 402 568 or email ndis@budgetnet.com.au

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