We can’t fund a support if it’s not related to your disability. This means there must be a direct link or a connection between your disability and the supports we fund.
We look at whether the support addresses your disability support needs. Your disability support needs are those that arise from, or are caused by, your disability.
For example, we wouldn’t usually fund things like:
- standard televisions
- standard household furniture such as dining chairs
- upgrades to assistive technology and home modifications that are not related to disability needs, such as marble tiling or leather materials
- flights to go on a holiday
- a car to get to work because there are no public transport options
- a gym membership to get fit
- a swimming pool to relax in summer.
This is because you’re unlikely to need these supports as a result of your disability support needs. They are things that all people, with or without disability, might want or need.
Usually, there won’t be a direct link or connection between these things and your disability support needs. Having a disability doesn’t usually affect whether someone needs or wants these types of things.
Alan needs some changes to his house, so he can use his bathroom and kitchen in his wheelchair. He also wants to set up an outdoor entertainment area for when his friends visit.
We may be able to fund home modifications so he can access areas of his home such as his bathroom or kitchen. He needs the home modifications because he can’t access those areas due to his disability and needing to use a wheelchair. Alan needs the support because of his specific disability support needs.
Alan will need to pay for the outdoor entertainment area, as it’s not related to his disability. He doesn’t need the entertainment area because of his disability, it’s just something he would like so he can have his friends over for a barbecue.