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Community Participation / Day Programs / Activities

Community participation is not something many people have reason to think about. Many people participate in their community every day without thinking about it. They might:
• go to work, the shops, school, places of further education, a concert or theatre,
• travel using public transport or their own transport,
• see and talk to friends, family, colleagues, shop assistants, café and bar staff and other professionals,
• volunteer or join clubs and groups with others who share similar interests and where they feel like they can make a contribution and belong.
These things are all part of participating in the community. This can take place using one on one, small or large group support. It can also take place directly in the community or via a centre based program.

You can apply to NDIS for support to access the community or there are many mainstream opportunities that do not require NDIS funding.

Social Skills

NDIS funding for support companions who help with life skills and social skills, which includes learning about diet, fitness, budgeting, and getting out of your comfort zone to meet new people.

This can also include learning about public transport and how to catch the bus, train and/or taxi to access your activities.

Allied Health professionals can also assist with social skill development.

Many service providers offer supported social clubs, groups and opportunities for young people to develop their social skills.

Flexible Respite (NDIS call this Short-Term Accommodation and Assistance – STAA)  

Under the NDIS this is known as Short-Term Accommodation and Assistance (STAA). This replaces what used to be called respite for people with a disability. Short Term Accommodation and Assistance can be both:

  • A short stay in a property with other people, or
  • Additional support in your own home.

Leisure Activities (NDIS call this Recreation)

Recreation (including sport) is any activity, pastime or hobby that is carried out for enjoyment or leisure. Recreation can offer opportunities for social inclusion and participation, as well as the associated benefits of improved health and well-being, improved skills and capabilities, heightened self-esteem and enhanced enjoyment of life. There are many mainstream opportunities to engage in leisure activities, however some supports can be NDIS funded if deemed reasonable and necessary.

Recreation supports include, for example:

  • specialised sporting equipment or modification of equipment,
  • personal assistance to participate in recreation activities, for example changing into sports clothes, manipulating equipment, positioning to undertake the activities,
  • assistance to travel to a recreation event in which the participant is engaged, where it is not reasonable to expect that family or the community would provide the transport and where the participant is not able to independently use public transport, or
  • assistance for organisations to adjust to the specific needs of their member who is a NDIS participant where that adjustment is not part of their universal obligations under reasonable adjustment (for example, training for a team captain to assist his or her football team to adjust to the needs of a team member who has an intellectual impairment).

Recreation supports which consist of aids and equipment are generally funded at a level that allows independence at an entry level to the activity and are not intended to facilitate participation in representative competitions (for example, competing in State or National Championships), nor professional level involvement (for example, competitions with significant prize money or performance contracts).

Before including a recreation support in a participant’s plan, the NDIA must be satisfied that all options and opportunities available to the participant in their local community have been explored.

Where funding is required, the NDIA must be satisfied, amongst other matters that the support will assist the  participant to pursue their goals, objectives and aspirations. In relation to recreation support, it is important that the support relates to one or more participatory goals. For example, developing greater social networks or greater inclusion in the community.

Possible Questions to ask Providers:

  • When can I start accessing the support / activity?
  • How many hours per week can you support me?
  • How often can I access the activity / support?
  • Do you offer ‘one to one’ and/or ‘group’ support?
  • Is there an activity fee that I need to pay over and above my NDIS funding?
  • Do you offer transport? How much does this cost?
  • Do you offer travel training?
  • Am I able to choose my support companion?
  • If I choose a group activity will I get the opportunity to make new friends?
  • Can I build my own activities / supports?
  • Can I access activities / supports at ant time of the week, such as weekends or evenings?


Useful links

NDIS Information for Participants

NDIS Participant Story: Susan’s Hockey Success

NDIS Provider Story: Back to Back Theatre takes equality to the world’s biggest stages

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