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One important NDIS concept to understand during your transition to the NDIS is ‘reasonable and necessary’.

Read on to find out more.

1. What does reasonable and necessary mean?

The NDIS applies the ‘reasonable and necessary’ criteria to determine what supports will be funded in a NDIS plan.

‘Reasonable’ is something that is fair.

‘Necessary’ is something a person needs because of their disability.

A person’s reasonable and necessary supports aim to support them to:

  • be more independent (e.g. be able to travel on public transport by themselves)
  • get involved in the community (e.g. join a supporting club or get a job)
  • get the disability services they need (e.g. a disability support worker to help them shower in the morning or speech therapy to help them to communicate better)
  • get the equipment they need (e.g. a wheelchair and maintenance of it, or an iPad app to help with communication difficulties).

A person’s reasonable and necessary supports will also take into account any informal supports (e.g. support from family) mainstream supports (e.g. support from your Doctor).

2. Why is reasonable and necessary important in the NDIS?

Reasonable and necessary is important to understand, because the NDIS will only fund supports that meet the ‘reasonable and necessary’ criteria.

3.  How can I tell if a support will be considered reasonable and necessary?

The NDIS applies ‘reasonable and necessary’ criteria to determine whether supports will be funded in a person’s NDIS plan. To be ‘reasonable and necessary’, supports must:

  • be identified in the person’s NDIS plan as helping them achieve their goals
  • be related to the person’s disability
  • help the person take part in the community, or to find paid work or volunteering work
  • not include day-to-day living costs not related to the person’s disability
  • represent value for money
  • be evidence-based
  • be beneficial to the person and be evidence-based (tried and tested), and
  • take into account informal family, carer and community support that is available to the person, for example the support you provide them as their carer.
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