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NDIS funding explained: Consumables budget
26 August 2021

The consumables budget is a funding category under core supports. NDIS core supports are supports that help you (the participant) with your everyday activities and personal needs so that you can work towards your goals. There are four NDIS categories within core supports, these are: 

  • Consumables
  • Assistance with daily life
  • Assistance with social and community participation
  • Transport

Consumables covers everyday items that you need to help you manage your disability. Consumables are items that are not super expensive, they cost up to $1500 per item.

Your NDIS consumables budget is flexible which means that it can include a range of products to help you in your everyday life and it can be increased and decreased as your needs change.


Consumables budget basics

Here are some of the things you need to know about your consumables budget:

  • Each item must be less than $1500 (as mentioned above)
  • If you are agency managed, you can only purchase consumables from registered NDIS providers
  • Low-cost assistive technology is included in the consumables budget (more on this below)
  • Items purchased must be reasonable and necessary

Examples of consumable items

Continence aids

  • Pull ups and nappies
  • Catheters
  • Colostomy bags
  • Waterproof bedding
  • Wipes
  • Barrier cream
  • Pads

Visual or hearing aids

  • Handheld magnifier
  • Bed shaker alarm
  • Flashing doorbell
  • Talking clock
  • Visual smoke alarm

Physical aids

  • Easy tipping kettle
  • Shower stool / chair
  • Grab rails
  • Modified cutlery
  • Portable ramps
  • Non-slip mats
  • Food preparation aids
  • Modified eating aids

Medical

  • Syringes
  • Feeding tubes
  • PPE
  • Bandages

Cognitive aids

  • Noise cancelling headphones
  • Sensory aids
  • Large print labels

Technology

  • Apps
  • Text-to-voice software

Assistive technology

There are different levels of Assistive Technology within the NDIS. Depending the level of AT, these items can be funded from your consumables budget. Let’s take a look:


Level 1 (Basic Assistive Technology)

Low-cost items that you can buy off-the-shelf, they are safe to use and they don’t require an assessment or help setting them up. Level 1 AT items can be purchased using your consumables budget. Some examples are:

  • Talking watch or clock
  • Shower chairs
  • Non-slip bath mat
  • Adapted cutlery

Level 2 (Standard Assistive Technology)

Items that are low to medium cost, that you can buy these items off-the-shelf from an AT supplier. They are low to medium risk. They sometimes require assessments but usually for minor adjustments. For example, to adjust the height of the legs on a shower chair or position a grab rail in the right place. Level 2 AT items can be purchased using your consumables budget if they cost less than $1500. Some further examples of level 2 AT include:

  • Over the toilet frame
  • OCR reading machine
  • Orthotic footwear
  • Portable ramps
  • Personal alarms

Level 3 (Specialised Assistive Technology)

These are more complex and expensive items that you need to purchase through specialised stores. Level 3 AT is not part of your consumables budget. Examples of level 3 AT include:

  • Powered wheelchairs
  • Hoists
  • Pressure mattresses

Level 4 (Complex Assistive Technology)

Aids that are custom made to meet your needs and require professional support for assessment and prescription. Level 4 AT is not part of your consumables budget. Examples include:

  • Prosthetics
  • Aids or equipment for communication (that is tailored for you)
  • Major home modifications

How to purchase consumables

In most cases you (the participant) can pay providers directly. Items under $1500 generally do not require a quote.


We’re here to help

At InFocus, our team of Brisbane based Plan Managers and Support Coordinators are here to help you on your NDIS journey. We provide Plan Management to NDIS participants throughout Queensland and Support Coordination to NDIS participants throughout Brisbane and the greater Brisbane area.

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