Core funding is one of the three types of funding available under the NDIS and it is the most flexible.
It can be put towards:
Consumables – the everyday items you need as part of your plan, such as continence aids.
Daily activities – to help you with self-care such as showering, household tasks, meal preparation etc.
Social and community participation – supports to help you enjoy social and recreational activities in the community.
Transport – help to get you where you need to go to meet your plan’s goals.
Due to COVID-19, there are some additional items you can claim under the core funding category. This includes PPE for you and your providers, and non-face-to-face support provision.
While it can be difficult to keep up with the different options available, it’s important to make
sure you’re getting the most out of your NDIS funding and making use of the items that most suit your needs and aspirations.
The new items are detailed in the Price Guide and include travel expenses for providers based on kilometres travelled, parking fees and any tolls they need to pay when supporting a participant.
At the height of COVID-19 you could use some of your core funding to pay for Support Coordination. This temporary support measure ended on 31 March, 2021, which means that Support Coordination is once again only claimable under you Capacity Building budget.
The NDIA is also introducing some new items that can be claimed under core funding support. Since July 2020, a new service – Psychosocial Recovery Coaches (‘recovery coaches’) has been available.
A recovery coach is an NDIS-funded worker who has mental health knowledge and/or lived
experience of mental ill health and recovery. They can help you to identify and access other types of support to help improve your mental health. The cost of a recovery coach can be claimed under the Support Coordination category in the Price Guide.
To find a suitable recovery coach, chat to your Support Coordinator (if you have one) or contact the NDIS planner or Local Area Coordinator to find out how to get a recovery coach.
If you need help to understand how to better track the money you have available versus what you’ve spent under your NDIS plan, you might benefit from using a custom-designed NDIS budgeting tool like My Spending Planner.
My Spending Planner is a cloud-based tool that makes it easy to maximise your funding, particularly in light of some of the change to what’s claimable under core funding recently.