What is ‘reasonable and necessary’?

Prepare: To get ready for NDIS think about your life now, your current informal and formal supports, and what is working and what might need to change.
Prepare: To get ready for NDIS think about your life now, your current informal and formal supports, and what is working and what might need to change.

The support provided by the NDIS can be life changing, however some supports need to meet ‘reasonable and necessary’ conditions to be funded.

Reasonable and necessary supports are funded by the NDIS in areas such as education, employment, social participation, independence, living arrangements and health and wellbeing.

These supports will help participants to:

  • pursue their goals, objectives and aspirations
  • increase their independence
  • increase social and economic participation, and
  • develop their capacity to actively take part in the community.

The NDIA decisions are based on the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 (NDIS Act). In order to be considered reasonable and necessary, a support must:

  • be related to the participant's disability
  • not include day-to-day living costs that are not related to a participant's disability support needs
  • represent value for money
  • be likely to be effective and beneficial to the participant.

A participant's reasonable and necessary supports take into account any informal supports already available to the individual (such as those that are part of family life or natural connections with friends and community services) as well as other formal supports, such as health and education.

Details: ndis.gov.au