Your budget has three main areas where the money can go:
1. Core: A support that helps participants undertake their daily activities.
Budget Categories – the participant has flexibility to use money across categories (in some circumstances funding is specific and is not flexible such as for transport or specialist disability accommodation (SDA)).
a. Consumables – everyday items such as continence aids
b. Daily Activities – assistance with self-care activities
c. Assistance with Social and Community Participation – supports to engage in social or recreational activities
d. Transport – alternatives to public transport due to disability constraints
2. Capacity building: A support that enables a participant to build their independence and skills.
Budget Categories – Participant only has flexibility to allocate funds within budget category but not across the below categories.
a. Choice & Control – e.g. training and education in plan management or a plan manager
b. Daily Activity – e.g. therapy aimed at building capacity to participate
c. Employment – e.g. employment related assessment and counselling
d. Health and Well Being – e.g. exercise and diet advice to manage disability
e. Home Living – e.g. support to find or maintain appropriate accommodation
e. Lifelong Learning – e.g. assistance moving from school to further education
3. Capital: Assistive technology, equipment and home / vehicle modifications
Budget Categories – Participant must use funds for supports specifically mentioned in plan (e.g. wheelchair)
a. Assistive Technology – e.g. communication aids, wheelchairs or vehicle modifications.
b. Home modifications – e.g. bathroom rail / general home rails
b. Car modifications – e.g. hand and foot controls or ramps.