The difference between core capital and capacity building

2nd January, 2018

You could be on your way to your first plan or you might have your first planning meeting coming up, whatever your situation it’s important to understand the language of the NDIS. When creating your first plan you will have three budgets, core, capital and capacity building. Each budget allows you to spend your NDIS funding in certain areas of support. Learn more about each budget below:

A core support is an activity that helps you in your everyday life. This can include help to cook a meal or help to go to a social activity, like a sporting club. This budget is broken down into four categories, with different supports under each. The categories are:

  • Daily activities
  • Social, community and civic participation
  • Consumables
  • Transport

Core support funding is flexible and you can have your supports across the four categories.

A capital support provides funding for equipment, home or vehicle modifications or specialist accommodation. This can include building a ramp at your home or money for a wheelchair. The capital support categories are:

  • Assistive Technologies
  • Home Modifications

Capital funding is not flexible and must be used for what it is allocated for.

Capacity Building
A capacity building support is an activity that helps you learn new skills. This can include help with your NDIS plan or help to find or keep a job. The capacity building categories are:

  • Support Coordination
  • Improved Living Arrangements
  • Increased Social and Community Participation
  • Finding and Keeping a Job
  • Improved Relationships
  • Improved Health and Wellbeing
  • Improved Learning
  • Improved Life Choices
  • Improved Daily Living Skills

Capacity building funding is flexible, but must be used in the support category.