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National Disability Insurance Scheme Home Modification guidance released

Created: 8th March 2017

The NDIS may fund home modifications where, due to the impact of the participant’s disability, the participant or their carers are unable to reasonably access and use frequently used rooms and spaces using standard fixtures and fittings. The NDIS may fund home modifications where the home, in its current condition, has a significant and adverse impact on the sustainability of current living and care arrangements.

However, this is only the case where eligible participants meet the funding criteria of the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act (2013) and the Supports for Participants Rules (2013).

General Information regarding Home modifications under the National Disability Insurance Scheme state:

The NDIA is unable to fund home modifications which, if provided, would be contrary to a law of the Commonwealth, state or territory (see which supports will not be funded or provided under the NDIS?).

Therefore, the NDIA must be satisfied that there are no laws, regulations or other planning restrictions which would prevent the home modifications being undertaken.

In addition, the NDIA must also be satisfied, amongst other matters, that the home modification being considered represents value for money in that the costs of the support are reasonable relative to both the benefits achieved and the cost of alternative support (section 34(1)(c)).

When determining whether home modifications represent value for money, the NDIA will specifically consider:

  • whether the proposed home modification represents value for money when compared to the cost of other lower cost alternatives, for example less costly home modifications which reasonably achieve the same intended benefits or outcomes, or assistive technology;
  • whether the proposed home modification is cost effective when compared to the cost of other supports such as assistance with the cost of moving to accessible premises; and
  • the expected length of tenure for participants and whether this is commensurate to the cost of the home modifications.

The NDIA must also be satisfied that the provision of the support will be, or is likely to be, effective and beneficial for the participant, having regard to current good practice (section 34(1)(d)).

 Guidance for Assessors includes:

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