Guides for understanding supports

How can the Guides for understanding supports help you?

Our Guides for understanding supports have information about:

  • the available research
  • who to talk to if you have questions about a support
  • where you can find more information

You can use this information to:

  • understand supports that might help you work towards your goals
  • understand different supports if your goals or needs change
  • talk with family, carers and service providers about the best supports for you

Download this information in Easy Read format:

We have links to other sources of information in the guides.

You can also get information from people who support you, such as:

  • Family
  • Carers
  • Advocates
  • Friends
  • Peer support groups
  • Planners
  • Support coordinators
  • Local area coordinators
  • Early Childhood (EC) Partner
  • Health professionals
  • Providers

Our Guides have information from different sources, including:

  • research evidence
  • participant experience
  • expert recommendations

We include different types of information for every topic. Each guide explains what information has been included.

Where possible, we provide evidence from research about how helpful supports might be and how confident we are in the findings.

Sometimes the research doesn’t tell us enough about whether a service or support will help. We let you know in the Guide if this is the case.

The Guides are in plain English and they are available in other accessible formats (easy read, animation).


These guides can help you understand which supports you could use to help you pursue your goals. It does not mean a support will be added to your plan. It does not mean a support will be funded by the NDIS. Some supports might be provided outside the NDIS. All supports in your plan must meet our reasonable and necessary standards. This includes being value for money.

This page current as of
14 September 2023
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