Making the NDIS Work for You
Gardening, Cleaning, and Home Maintenance
the NDIS can provide funding for support with gardening, cleaning and home maintenance. But it’s important to point out that it will only fund these supports if they’re reasonable and necessary and directly related to your disability.
So, if you’re unable to perform a task, like vacuuming or mowing the lawn, because your disability makes it impossible, then the NDIS can fund it. If a person without a disability would have to hire a specialist to perform the job, such as hiring an electrician to rewire a socket, it won’t be covered by the NDIS.
Use this chart to help you work out if you can use your NDIS funds to help pay for a gardener, cleaner or even a handyman:
Gardening, cleaning and home maintenance in your NDIS plan
The NDIS includes support with gardening, cleaning and home maintenance under the support category Assistance with Daily Living in your NDIS plan. So if you have budget allocated to this category in your NDIS plan, you can use it for this support, provided you meet the criteria outlined in the above section. It’s also worth noting that, as Assistance with Daily Living is a ‘core support’, you can use this budget in other core support categories (Transport, Consumables and Assistance with Social & Community Participation) as well.
What if they are not registered with the NDIS?
Because a lot of cleaners, gardeners and handymen are small businesses, the majority are likely not to be registered with the NDIS. They may not be aware of the NDIS, or haven’t gone through the process of registering with the NDIS. However, you can still access them with your NDIS funds – provided your NDIS funds are plan or self-managed.
Here are our top tips:
- The NDIS can help pay for support with gardening, cleaning and home maintenance, but only if:
- your disability is preventing you from doing it yourself; and
- most people wouldn’t require a specialist to complete it
- Most gardeners and cleaners are likely to be unregistered with the NDIS, so you’ll need to either have Plan Management or self-manage your NDIS funds to access them.
- Gardeners and cleaners must charge at an hourly rate, so be sure to agree on this first.
- If there are any additional costs, they can’t add these to their NDIS invoice. They’ll either need to build them into their hourly rate or you’ll have to cover them yourself.
- Set up a service agreement with them to ensure you’re not caught out!
- To ensure their invoices comply to the NDIS rules and regulations, point out our handy guide to your gardener, cleaner or handyman.