What do the budgets in my plan mean?

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.