No, the NDIS does not pay for vacations. However, they may pay for the support and services you need to go on vacation.
As with any funding the NDIS gives, it must be reasonable and necessary for your NDIS plan to include it. This means that any help or services you might need while on vacation should be directly related to your disability. You can content NDIS plan management Perth for any queries regarding NDIS.
What costs can be covered (and what ones can’t)?
The NDIS can pay for the support and services you may need while traveling. So, if you need a support worker with you, you can pay for their time with your NDIS funding.
But you and your support worker should know that costs like transportation, lodging, meals, entertainment, and other typical holiday costs are not covered by the NDIS because they are not likely to meet the reasonable and necessary criteria. If you can’t afford to pay for your support worker’s travel, lodging, food, etc., you could look for a support worker in the area you plan to visit. Even though you may not have worked with that support worker before, you will pay less for that support worker than if you brought someone with you. In the end, you should make sure that the choice you make meets your needs.
*If your disability makes it much more expensive for you to get around, you might be able to get the difference back. For example, if you need a taxi that is wheelchair accessible instead of a regular taxi, you might be able to get the difference back. This can also be used to rent a car with a ramp. If your disability makes the cost of your accommodation much higher, you might also be able to get the difference back.
The NDIS may also pay for renting equipment you need on vacation, like a hoist to help you get in and out of bed.
Before you book a trip, you should always talk to your Support Coordinator or Plan Manager about any costs, like a support worker, equipment rentals, or claiming the difference between accessible transportation and lodging. That way, you’ll know what your NDIS funding may cover and can confidently book your trip.
Providers of travel… are they the best choice?
Travel is different for everyone. So, at the end of the day, it’s up to you if you want to travel on your own or with an NDIS-registered travel provider. Both options can be great; you just have to figure out which one is best for you, your needs, and how you like to travel.
Travel providers could provide all-access package deals for NDIS participants. There are many different travel companies to choose from, some of which are:
- All Access Vacations
- Leisure Options
- All-Inclusive Vacations
- Vacations of Discovery
- Pipeline Holidays
- Travel ClubMates
Out of the country
If you are part of the NDIS and want to travel, you can do so both in your own country and abroad. But there are some important things you need to know before going abroad.
How long can you be out of the country?
Your NDIS plan won’t change if you leave Australia for up to six weeks (from the date you leave). Most of the time, your NDIS plan will end after 6 weeks. If you plan to be out of Australia for more than 6 weeks, you should let the NDIS know. You may be able to ask for a longer time away from Australia.
Help choices in other countries
If you choose a support person who doesn’t live in Australia but where you are traveling, you still have to use the same system for billing as you would in Australia. They won’t have an Australian Business Number (ABN), but they can still send an invoice with their name, a description of the service, the number of hours at an agreed rate, and the total cost of their support and services.
Differences in currencies… does it matter?
Yes. Even though your bill will be in a foreign currency, you should show the price in Australian dollars (AUD). If you pay for a service with your credit card while you’re abroad, the AUD amount should show up on your credit card statement. If your plan is managed, you can give your Plan Manager that AUD amount and the bill from the overseas provider.
How Plan Management can give you more options and power while you’re abroad
If you are managed by the Agency (NDIA), you can only use providers who are registered with the NDIA. But if your plan is Plan Managed or you manage it yourself, you can use both registered and unregistered providers. This means that if you are Plan or Self-Managed, you are more likely to be able to find the help you need overseas since it is unlikely that there will be any NDIS-registered providers overseas.