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NDIS Autism funding: what you need to know in 2024

February 22, 2024

NDIS Autism funding is a real game-changer. The introduction of the NDIS was a big change in how disability supports are funded. How does using your NDIS funds for Autism work?

Is Autism covered by the NDIS? If so, what funding and help is available?

This post uses identity-first language (e.g. “autistic person” instead of “person with autism”) as we understand this is the preference of the adult autism community.

Does the NDIS cover autism?

Yes, the NDIS does cover Autism.

However, an Autistic person must be diagnosed as “Level 2 (Requiring substantial support) or Level 3 (Requiring very substantial support)” to receive funding from the NDIS.

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How much funding can I get for Autism?

The specific amount of NDIS Autism funding you or your child will receive will depend on your NDIS plan and individual needs.

However, according to the NDIS, Autistic persons receive an average of $32,800 per year in funding. Children under seven years of age receive an average of $16,700 per year.
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How to use NDIS plan funds for Autism

Ok, so you have a NDIS plan. How you can use your NDIS Autism funding will depend on:

1. Funding categories available in your plan.
Most Autism NDIS plans have some funds allocated in “Core” and some in “Capacity Building – Improved Daily Living”. The NDIS has a huge price guide document but it can be a bit confusing. Usually, Autistic people will use Core funding for support worker help, and Capacity Building funding for therapy.

2. How your funding is managed.
Your plan might be agency managed, plan managed, or self managed.
Self managed provides the greatest flexibility, allowing you to choose your provider (including non-registered providers) and pay above the NDIS price guide rates.

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If your NDIS funding is self managed or plan managed, and if the program is in line with your plan goals, you can enrol in one of our online programs (don’t worry – we’ll go through all this with you on the phone before you start).

Autism plan example for NDIS

Plans are individualised, and you’ll often have a person who will help you develop it (a support coordinator, early childhood partner or local area coordinator) – but all plans must be approved by the NDIA.
All plans will include:
  • Your details – including your NDIS number, NDIS contact and plan start and review date
  • Your profile – name, date of birth, contact details; an ‘about me’ section; who supports you in life; who provides medical/health support and how you help others in the community
  • Your support categories – the funding categories you can access in this plan. Specific dollar amounts will be listed for each category. In most cases, you can choose how you spend those funds to reach your goals. You do not have to name specific providers on your plan.

What if I can’t get funding? What programs are available and how much do they cost?

Social Express is a series of research-based games for social skills. Using animated interactive lessons, the games focus on recognising and managing emotions, participating in group conversations, respecting personal boundaries, interpreting non-verbal communication, building friendships, and dealing with peer pressure and teasing.
  • Pricing: from $60 per month, including data monitoring and feedback from our coaches
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Our NDIS programs for Autism

We use research-backed online learning programs to help Autistic people strengthen listening, memory, attention and comprehension skills.
  • EF Kids: Builds executive function skills (attention, memory, and cognitive flexibility) in young learners
  • Fast ForWord: Builds critical foundations of learning – listening, comprehension, auditory memory
  • Cogmed: Trains working memory and attention
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If you’d like to know more, feel free to call our professionals for free advice or click on the link at the bottom of this page to request our NDIS programs info pack.

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How Sonic Learning helps Autism

Sonic Learning has been working with Autistic people since 2004. Find out how we can help.

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This free telephone consultation can help to answer any questions you have about our services. At Sonic Learning we are all experienced teachers and health professionals so parents tend to find it very beneficial to be able to discuss their concerns and receive guidance from our team.

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