Kymberly Martin
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Assistive technology access gets easier for NDIS participants

A boost in government funding will make it easier for people on the NDIS to access assistive technology.

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NDIS Minister Linda Reynolds has announced an increase in the upper limit for automatic approval of AT purchases, from $5,000 to $15,000.

The changes will also assist many participants who currently have quotable AT under $15,000 in their plans. The NDIA will automatically approve the funding for these items so participants can access AT faster. However, the new measure is still subject to the necessary checks and balances to maintain the integrity of the scheme.

The most commonly purchased AT within the $15,000 price range includes manual wheelchairs, specialty beds and bathroom chairs/stools.

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The NDIA has summarised these changes in an updated guideline and new participant factsheet, setting out what evidence participants need to provide and what to do before buying AT.

The NDIA has also created a new guideline and template on vehicle modifications and driving supports, which includes simpler and clearer information. These will help participants work with assessors to provide evidence for vehicle modification support requests over $15,000.