Step 5

Reasonable and necessary supports

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While you are thinking about supports, it is important to remember that to have a support funded by the NDIS it must be

‘reasonable and necessary’ for a person living with a disability to live an ‘ordinary life’

(we prefer the term meaningful life – who wants to be ordinary!).

Reasonable means fair. Necessary means you really need it. The NDIS will give money for things that are fair and that you really need to overcome disability and live a meaningful life.

To decide if a support is ‘reasonable and necessary’ the National Disability Insurance Agency look at:

  • How it is related to your psychosocial disability
  • How any day-to-day living costs are related to your psychosocial disability support needs
  • Why it is value for money
  • How likely it is to be effective and beneficial to you
  • What informal supports you already have from families, carers, networks, mainstream services and in the community
  • If it is safe and risk free.

Don’t forget, everyone is different and so are their support needs. What is reasonable and necessary for you might not be the same for another person. If the National Disability Insurance Agency decides a support you have requested is not reasonable and necessary and you think it is, you should try to explain why by answering the questions above. If you are still not happy with the decision you can make an appeal. Check out our information on making an appeal here.

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