Assistance with daily living includes providing support for regular personal activities and supervision of personal daily tasks.
National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) plans are designed to provide a participant with the reasonable and necessary supports to take part in daily activities to encourage participation in the community, such as entering a local tennis competition or attending a weekly choir.
What are daily living supports?
Daily living supports under the NDIS cover a broad range of activities and are split into two main categories: Core Supports and Capacity Building Supports. These support categories form an integrated approach to support a participant to have the same choice and control in their lives as a person without a disability.
Core Supports enable participants to complete daily life tasks and achieve their goals, including:
Assistance with daily living: such as bathing, dressing, meal preparation, medication assistance, and domestic support including assistance with cleaning, gardening, shopping and attending personal appointments.
Consumables: assisting participants to purchase items to use everyday such as incontinence aids and nutrition products.
Assistance with social and community participation: supporting participants to take part in social or recreational activities within their communities. This can also provide the opportunity for a supported holiday.
Capacity Building Supports enable a participant to build their independence and skills, including:
Support coordination: supporting a participant and their family to navigate the NDIS and better understand the possible options for their plans. For example, this support may provide insight into how the participant’s budget works.
Improved living arrangements: assisting a participant to find long-term accommodation. For example, by strengthening the participant’s ability to complete paper work for accommodation services and understand their obligations with rent and payments, as well as daily decision-making around planning and budgeting.
Finding and keeping a job: including job searching or finding an appropriate course to study, as well as support to maintain a job through assistance with selection of appropriate transport.
School leaver employment supports: including work experience, job site training, travel training and activities that contribute to achieving an employment outcome and linkages to ongoing employment support.
Improved health and wellbeing: such as assistance with exercise physiology, gym strength and personal training hydrotherapy.
Improved learning support: supporting the participant to transition from school to further education, skills training to improve language literacy and numeracy, support with managing academic workloads and resilience training to deal with stressful educational situations.
Opportunities for organisations delivering daily living supports in the NDIS
Organisations who register as an NDIS provider will be able to deliver services to NDIS participants regardless of how their plan is managed. Please visit the Getting started as an NDIS provider page for more information about registering under the NDIS.
Visit the NDIS Demand map to see projected demand for NDIS services in your area.
Connect with a Boosting the Local Care Workforce Regional Coordinator to receive localised support and help in identifying opportunities in your area.
Every Australian Counts is for people with disability, their families and carers, and for disability service providers to find out more about how the NDIS operates.
For information on Costing & Pricing for organisations with turnover less than $12 million, the NDS and Curtin University have created a suite of online learning materials.
One Community is an organisation that helps build the capacity of the disability industry by helping connect providers, support coordinators and participants.
The BLCW Readiness Assessment is a self-assessment for providers that focusses on business practice required under the NDIS.
The NDS has also developed online learning materials to assist financial and service delivery staff to build knowledge and skills in costing and pricing through a suite of online learning materials.
The NDIS provides a range of price guides by location, including remote and very remote price guides.