Can I use NDIS funding for assistive technology, and what things can I buy?

Assistive technology is any device or system that allows you to do something that you wouldn’t be able to do without it (or can be used to increase the ease or safety of things that you do).

Anything that is considered to be “mainstream technology” that does not overcome a functional limitation. For example, a car is not assistive technology but modifications to a car could be.

The need for assistive technology is assessed by the NDIS on a case-by-case basis. It will be included if it is decided to be a ‘reasonable and necessary’ support that meets your needs and will help you to achieve your goals.

Examples of assistive technology include:

1. Communication Technology

  • Voice generator
  • Face to face communication assistive products
  • Communication and information equipment
  • Text to speech devices

2. Hearing technology

  • Hearing aids, maintenance, replacement
  • Cochlear implant

3. Vision equipment

  • General vision equipment
  • Braille Equipment

4. Mobility products

  • Lifts
  • Hoists and slings
  • Sit to stand chairs
  • Personal mobility equipment

5. Wheelchairs and related items

  • Regular wheelchairs
  • Sports wheelchairs
  • Trailer to carry wheelchair

6. General assistive products

  • Assistive products for personal care and safety
  • Assistive equipment for recreation
  • Assistive equipment for household tasks

7. Rental and repairs of equipment

8. Other

  • Orthotics
  • Prostheses
  • Vehicle modifications
  • Adapted furniture
  • Tactile devices
  • Apps
  • Environmental control systems