How Can NDIS Help Guardians of Children with Disabilities?


The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is there to help provide the needs of children or adults living with disabilities, but how?

If you aren’t familiar with the National Disability Insurance Scheme or NDIS, they help provide the needs of children or adults living with disabilities.

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These individuals don’t have it easy given their disabilities, and NDIS aims to support them in achieving their goals by getting the support they deserve.

It means that individuals with disabilities get aspects like funding for NDIS exercise physiology, therapies, wheelchairs, and communication devices. As a guardian who cares for a child with disabilities, this can be incredibly useful. In the following, we’ll be talking about how NDIS can help children with disabilities.

If your child is with a disability or developmental delay and they are either an Australian citizen, permanent resident or belong to visa holders of Protected Special Category Visas. Your child is eligible for NDIS support. Your child should also be aged between 7 to 65 to be eligible to receive support from NDIS. Most importantly, they should have a permanent or significant disability they’re currently living, can’t get on with their daily activities without assistive equipment or technology, and requires assistance from other people. As a guardian, getting your child the NDIS support they need will make your child’s life easier.

What Isn’t Included In The NDIS Fund?

While there are several forms of support you can receive from NDIS regarding your child’s disabilities, there are some exceptions.

  • You can’t claim them if your child no longer has a disability
  • If the child poses a risk to other individuals
  • If your child receives benefits or funds from other mainstream services
  • The expense is part of living costs that aren’t part of their needs. 

These are the aspects you should consider when applying a child to NDIS for the support they need.

Options for Managing Your Child’s NDIS Funds

In the circumstances that your child is eligible to apply for NDIS support, you should expect you’ll be asked how you’re going to manage your disabled child’s funds. 

This means ensuring your child’s support is properly paid for and that the funds are being spent according to their plan.

family with disabled child in wheelchair playing with joysticks together at home
family with disabled child in wheelchair playing with joysticks together at home

There are three options primarily: self-managing, plan-managing, and NDIA-managing. You can choose one of these from a combination of three options. For instance, you can always decide to self-manage your child’s plan and have a plan manager handle another area.

Benefits Of Plan-managing your Child’s Funds

  • It makes your child’s life easier by helping you keep track of their funds
  • Plan managers pay service providers on your behalf
  • Plan managers take care of financial reports
  • Pricing for the maximum NDIS rate is negotiable

Questions To Ask When Deciding On Options

  • How much flexibility do you intend for your child’s funds?
  • How confident are you in managing money?
  • Do you have some form of background in managing funds?
  • How many providers will your child be seeing? 
  • How big is your child’s chosen plan?


In conclusion, NDIS support provides several benefits for your child’s funds and the way they live their life. Getting your child the support they need will make things easier when living with their disability.

As their guardian, it’s your responsibility to ensure that they get the best possible support and care, whether it’s through financial assistance or assistive equipment for their daily activities. NDIA runs the NDIS, and it can guarantee your disabled child gets the support they require to live the best possible life. 

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