What is Assistive Technology?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides funding for assistive technology, which is a device or system that allows people with disability to:
- Perform tasks they would otherwise be unable to complete.
- Increase the ease and safety with which tasks can be performed.
For example, a power wheelchair increases the independence of a person with limited mobility.
Assistive technology includes home modifications, which are any works that improve the accessibility of a participant’s home such as installation of access ramps, door widening, and modifications to bathrooms, kitchens and bedrooms.
The NDIS vision is to build an empowering, sustainable and consistent approach to ensuring NDIS participants have a choice in, and access to, individualised assistive technology solutions that enable and enhance their community and economic participation.
There remains significant scope for investment in innovative assistive technology and home modifications, as this can drive better life outcomes for participants.
How can I access funding?
While some assistive technology can be set-up and funded without the need for an assessment, more complex assistive technology may require the participant to get an assessment, trial and a quote before it can be funded. More information about Assistive Technology Assessments are available on the NDIA website.
The NDIA is improving the application process for assistive technology, which will result in faster approvals. Process improvements include streamlining assessments and reducing the need for quotes.
Connect with a Boosting the Local Care Workforce Regional Coordinator to receive localised support and help in identifying opportunities in your area.
Understanding assistive technology supports and managing your plan on the NDIA website provides more detailed information about managing assistive technology supports.
Independent Living Centres Australia is a collective network that provides access to a large number of resources and information.
Assistive Technology Australia is a not-for-profit that provides advice, information and education for providers and participants.