NDIS Core Supports: Explained in an Easy Way!

25 August 2023

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NDIS Core Supports are the essential supports that people with disabilities require to carry out their daily activities. These supports are designed to assist individuals to achieve their goals, increase their independence and improve their quality of life. Examples of NDIS Core Supports include personal care, transportation, social participation, and assistance with daily living activities.

Your Core Support budget is the most flexible, and in most cases, you can use your funding across any of the following four support categories. In this blog, we will provide an easy-to-understand explanation of NDIS Core Supports. and discuss why they are so crucial.

Types of NDIS Support Budgets –

The NDIS offers three different sorts of support budgets including the Core Supports budget and the remaining two budgets including the Capacity Building Supports Budget and The Capital Supports Budget.

The Core support budget is what most people think about when they think of NDIS. The core support budget enables participants with a disability to get support with their daily activities like preparing meals, managing money, and managing their day to day life activities. Core Support help you with everyday activities, your current disability-related needs and to work towards your goals. Approval of the core support funding depends on individual assessment during the NDIS plan approval and assessment.

.Your Core Support budget is the most flexible, and in most cases, you can use your funding across any of the four core support categories.However, there are instances where you do not have flexibility in your funding, particularly for transport funding. This implies that you can allocate your funding to any services and supporting products in your Core budget.

Some of the examples you can spend your approved core budgets on are assistance with everyday support, household cleaning and/or yard maintenance ,continence products or low-cost assistive technology and equipment to improve your independence and/or mobility,on a support worker to assist you to participate in social and community activities and transport.

Why is Core Support NDIS so Important?

The NDIS Core Supports are an essential component of the NDIS plan and have a significant positive impact on the lives of Australians with disabilities. People with disabilities could find it difficult to carry out daily tasks and accomplish their objectives without these supports. The goal of the NDIS Core Supports is to give people a strong foundation so they can become more independent and improve their quality of life.

For instance, assistance with daily living can make it easier for persons with disabilities to take care of their personal hygiene, handle chores around the house, and prepare meals. This assistance can significantly impact a person's capacity to live independently and respectably. Likewise, assistance with social and community participation can help people with disabilities maintain their social networks, enhance their mental health, and enhance their general well-being.

One of the important thing to note is Participants often have a lot of flexibility to choose specific supports with their core support budgets, but cannot reallocate this funding for other support purposes.(i.e., capital or capacity building supports)

NDIS Core Supports Types –

Typically, there are four types of Core Supports that NDIS provides-

  1. Assistance with Daily Life
  2. Transport
  3. Consumables
  4. Assistance with Social and Community Participation


Let us talk about each one in more detail now:

Assistance with Daily Life

Assistance with Daily Life is a type of NDIS Core Support that provides assistance to people with disabilities to help them meet their daily needs. This includes tasks such as cleaning, cooking, shopping, personal care, grooming, and other essential activities of daily living. This support offers participants valuable assistance and supervision for their daily personal tasks, facilitating the development of essential skills to foster greater autonomy in their daily lives.

  • Housekeeping: This support includes basic cleaning tasks such as vacuuming, mopping, and washing the floor.
  • Personal Care: Assistance with personal care can include help with dressing and undressing, bathing, and other hygiene-related activities.
  • Food Preparation: This support involves preparing food and drinks for the person with a disability.
  • Grocery Shopping: This support includes assistance with grocery shopping for essential items.
  • Grooming: This support includes grooming services such as brushing hair, trimming nails, hair care, dressing, maintaining hygiene, and applying deodorant.


Consumables is a type of NDIS Core Support that provides funding for necessary daily essentials, such as hygiene products or technology to aid independence and/or activity.NDIS Consumables encompass routine expenditures that are both essential and sensible for addressing your individual disability-linked requirements, within a limit of $1500. These expenditures encompass a wide array of products available at various retail outlets, including hardware stores, pharmacies, supermarkets, and online retailers.

Examples of these items range from disposable aids for eating and continence management to more substantial investments like specialized mattresses and pillows.

Assistive Technology: This core support can fund assistive technology devices such as scooters, wheelchairs, or companion animals to help people with disabilities to become more independent.

Below, you'll find a variety of items that you might qualify to acquire using your NDIS Consumables allocation. Remember, eligibility depends on your plan and what is deemed "reasonable and necessary" for your situation:

  • Home Enteral Nutrition
  • Continence supplies (if age prerequisites are met)
  • Catheters, absorbent goods, and pads
  • Specialized sleeping surfaces and cushions
  • Personal grooming and safety goods
  • Auslan or signed English instruction
  • Adaptive technology such as screen readers, magnifiers, or translators.
  • Telephone or video interpretation
  • Inexpensive assistive technology for vision or hearing impairments
  • Disability-related wound and skin care
  • Pumps and syringes for home enteral nutrition use
  • Items for food preparation
  • Adapted eating assistance devices

The beauty of the Consumable budget lies in its adaptability. Once you've allocated your funds, you have the freedom to decide how to utilize them, as long as the expenses align with the standards of being "reasonable and necessary."

Assistance with Social and Community Participation

Assistance with Social and Community Participation is a type of NDIS Core Support that provides assistance to people with disabilities to help them participate in social, recreational, and cultural activities to become more independent.

Assistance with Social and Community Participation is a budget under the NDIS Core supports category. Participants can use this funding to improve their ability to participate in community, social and recreational activities.

This activity could include things like support to attend community-based activities and assistance to participate in social groups and may take place in a range of locations such as in the community, in a centre or at a sporting venue.

Support under this category is designed to improve the social interactions and quality of life by participating in various activities thus breaking the barriers to create an inclusive society.

 Engaging in recreational and sporting pursuits: This support also includes the opportunity to interact with others and participate in community e,g events like going to events, Participating in camps, courses, and holiday programs and Developing new skills, pursuing fresh interests, and acquiring knowledge

Recreation: This support includes access to recreational activities like walking, running, cycling, gym workouts, etc.

Wellness Programs: Access to wellness programs like Workshops for mental health training, Stress reduction, Meditation and Yoga classes, etc.

Volunteer work - Engage in volunteer work and contribute the society

Enlisting a support worker to facilitate involvement in social and community engagements, including the aforementioned activities.

Please bear in mind that funding for Social and Community Participation is typically intended to cover expenses related to transportation for the activities, rather than the actual costs of the activities.

For instance, let's say you're interested in attending a music concert in your city. Your Social and Community Participation funding could potentially cover the costs of a support worker to:

  1. Provide transportation to and from the concert venue
  2. Accompany you during the event
  3. Enhance your experience of attending the concert
  4. Assist you with personal care needs such as restroom use, eating, and other requirements while you're out and about.
  5. Interpretation, communication assistance, or aiding with engaging in activities

However, it's important to note that the funding doesn't extend to covering the actual ticket price for attending the event.


Transport under the core support enables participants to access disability supports outside their home, and to achieve the goals in their plan. Within the realm of transportation, both General Transport and Specialized Transport options are offered.

  1. General Transport -This support item allows a participant to pay a provider to transport them to an activity that is not itself a support – or to a support that is delivered by another provider. This enables the participant to travel to and from appointments or their place of work.
  2. Specialised Transport- This support item provides for specialised transport services for a participant to a school, educational facility, employment, or the community.

How to Make the Most of Your NDIS Core Supports

The NDIS Core Supports budget is a crucial part of your NDIS plan. It can be used to get the support you need to live your best life, regardless of your disability.

But how do you make sure you're getting the most out of your Core Supports budget? Here are a few tips:

  1. Understand your needs. The first step is to understand your individual needs. What kind of support do you need to live independently and participate in your community? Once you know what you need, you can start to make a plan.
  2. Do your research. There are many different providers of NDIS Core Support. It's important to do your research and find providers who are a good fit for you and your needs.
  3. Be clear about your expectations. When you're working with a provider, be clear about your expectations. What kind of support do you need? How often do you need it?
  4. Be flexible. Things don't always go according to plan. Be prepared to be flexible and adapt your support needs as needed.
  5. Ask for help. If you're struggling to make the most of your NDIS Core Support, don't be afraid to ask for help. There are many people who can help you, including your NDIA planner, your support coordinator, and your service providers.
  6. Making the most of your NDIS Core Supports takes time and effort. But it's worth it. By following these tips, you can get the support you need to live your best life.

Here are some additional tips for making the most of your NDIS Core Supports:

Start planning early. The earlier you start planning, the more time you'll have to find providers and make arrangements.

Be proactive. Don't wait for things to go wrong before you reach out for help. If you're struggling, don't hesitate to contact your NDIA planner or support coordinator.

Be positive. The NDIS is a great opportunity to get the support you need to live your best life. Be positive and make the most of it!

Working with Service Providers

Finding the right service provider can be a challenge. It is important to choose a provider that has experience working with people with disabilities and that is a good fit for the individual. The NDIA has a list of registered service providers, and people can search for providers on the NDIS website.

CaringHumans is an NDIS-registered provider that offers a range of services, including support coordination, assistance with daily living, and assistance with social and community participation. CaringHumans is committed to providing high-quality, person-centred care that is tailored to each individual's unique needs and preferences.

Here are some tips for choosing a service provider:

Do your research. Ask your NDIA planner or support coordinator for recommendations. You can also search online or read reviews.

Interview potential providers. Once you've found a few providers, interview them to see if they're a good fit for you. Ask about their experience, their approach to care, and their rates.

Trust your gut. When you're talking to providers, pay attention to your gut feeling. Do you feel comfortable with them? Do you think they'll be able to meet your needs?

Working with a service provider can make a big difference in your life. By choosing the right provider, you can get the support you need to live your best life.

 How Can Caring Humans help you?

NDIS core support is the main category of the support under the NDIS plan for the participant,Core supports offer the flexibility to buy items you need or get help for your everyday activities. This includes a wide range of options, from useful kitchen tools to disposable supplies for Home Enteral Nutrition. You can also receive assistance with household chores or have a support worker accompany you to community events.

NDIS Core Supports cover a wide range of support services. Eligible individuals can access these supports through the NDIS scheme, and working with the right service provider can make all the difference.

In wrapping up, remember that CaringHumans is wholeheartedly dedicated to offering top-notch, personalized care that fits your needs. We firmly believe that everyone deserves a fulfilling, independent life, no matter their disability. Our goal is to support you throughout your NDIS journey and help you reach your ambitions.

Curious to learn more about how CaringHumans can assist you with your NDIS Core Supports? Just get in touch with us today. We're here to answer your questions and talk about your individual requirements. Your journey towards a better life starts now – don't hesitate to reach out!

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