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What is low-cost assistive technology under NDIS?

Updated: Oct 28, 2022

People with disabilities can benefit from a number of useful low-cost technology devices that can help carry out day-to-day activities easily and help enable them to be more independent with such aids and equipment.

The funds for purchasing these technology devices can be made available through their NDIS plans from either the Core support category or capital support category depending on the item's cost. We would distinguish the difference between these two a bit later in this blog.

Assistive technology is the term used by NDIA to refer to these aids or assistive equipment.

How can you get low-cost assistive technology funding in your NDIS plan?

You can get funding from the NDIS for any device, piece of equipment, or technology that’s directly related to your disability - it may be a therapy device or equipment that enables you to carry out a task you couldn’t otherwise do.

The NDIA doesn't provide any comprehensive list of what exactly can be funded however there is quite detailed information along with examples provided around eligibility criteria on their operational guideline website, as to when would these devices be funded.

Which support category of my ndis plan do I use to buy these devices?

A general rule of thumb is that the NDIS considers this equipment to be low-cost assistive technology if it costs less than $1500 and if these devices are available to be purchased off-the-shelf. Your Core funding can be used to purchase these smaller items, as it falls under the category of Consumables.

Items over $1500 are considered NDIS assistive technology and are then funded from the capital support category. This category of funding can be found listed at the very end part of the NDIS plan.

What low-cost assistive technology can the NDIS fund?