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  • Writer's pictureAaron Norrish

How The NDIS Supports People With Autism

Yes, NDIS funding covers autism support. The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a government initiative that provides individualized support for people with disabilities, including specific services for physiotherapy and autism support, emphasizing a person-centered approach. To determine how much funding individuals with autism can receive, the NDIS assesses the severity of their ASD and the impact on their daily life, ensuring that the funding plan is tailored to each individual's needs. Autism is the largest primary disability category for the NDIS. The NDIS recognizes the unique support needs, goals, and circumstances of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Funding is based entirely on the level of support needed, not on financial means.

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Key Takeaway Points

  • NDIS autism funding covers support based on the level of support needed, not financial means.

  • Eligibility requires being between 7 and 65, living in Australia, and having a significant and permanent disability.

  • Funding levels depend on individual needs and the specific NDIS plan.

  • Applications can be made via phone or online with required supporting evidence.

  • Plan management offers flexibility and expert handling of budgets, invoicing, and record-keeping.

  • ASD levels determine the extent of support required, with three levels outlined in the DSM-5.

  • Funded supports include therapies, assistive technology, and support for daily activities and social participation.

  • The Early Childhood Approach supports children under 9 with developmental delays or disabilities.

  • Simplified Plan Management provides comprehensive plan management services, reducing administrative burdens for NDIS participants.

Am I Eligible for NDIS Funding for Autism?

Eligibility for NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) funding is based on reduced functional capacity. To qualify, you must:

  • Be between 7 and 65 years of age.

  • Live in Australia and be an Australian citizen or resident (or have a protected special category visa).

  • Require support or specialized equipment due to a significant and permanent disability, or need supports now to reduce future needs.

  • Meet the criteria for NDIS Autism funding, which is allocated based on the individual's specific needs and goals, emphasizing the personalized nature of autism support.

How Much NDIS Autism Funding Can I Get for Support?

The NDIS determines how much funding an individual receives based on their specific needs and the impact of autism on their daily life. The level of funding depends on the individual’s needs. Contact the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) for average payment details for participants with autism. Your funding will depend on your ASD level and NDIS plan. NDIS plan funds can be used to access various supports for Autism, including core and capacity building supports tailored to individual needs.

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Pathways to Access the NDIS

There are two pathways to access the NDIS based on the age of the participant.

Children 0–9 Years

If your child is aged 0-9 years (as of July 2023), they will access the NDIS via the early childhood approach. It is designed to support those with developmental delay or disability. Contact the NDIA (National Disability Insurance Agency)on 1800 800 110 or go to this page for more information.

This approach aims to:

  • Provide timely support to ensure you can access the supports you need.

  • Help children younger than 6 with developmental delay or children younger than 9 with disability and their families access the right support when needed. Children younger than 6 do not need a diagnosis to get support where there are concerns about their development.

  • Give you information about best-practice early childhood intervention supports and how you can help your child.

  • Increase your confidence and capacity to manage and respond to your child’s support needs.

  • Increase your child’s ability to engage in activities throughout their day.

  • Increase your child’s inclusion and participation in mainstream and community settings like childcare or recreation.

  • Provide information about, and referrals to, other support services if needed, such as parent support groups. Learn more about early connections support.

The NDIS uses effective early intervention to reduce its medium to long-term liability.

Children Aged 9 and Over

If your child is aged 9 and over, access to the NDIS is via the NDIS Pathway. Follow the NDIS pathway to understand:

  • What is the NDIS?

  • Can I access the NDIS?

  • My first plan

  • Reviewing my plan

How Do I Apply for Access to NDIS Funding?

You can apply for NDIS funding through several methods:

  • Make a verbal request by calling the NDIS on 1800 800 110.

  • Download an Access Request Form (ARF) from the NDIS website.

  • Request an ARF by calling the NDIS. Provide evidence to support your identity and autism diagnosis. The NDIS provides a guide outlining required information and suitable health professionals for evidence.

  • You can also find more information here 

  • Check out our blog for more information

Do I Have to Self-Manage My NDIS Funding?

You have three options for managing your NDIS plan: self-management, plan management, or agency management. Plan management offers flexibility and control over services and service providers while an expert handles your budgets, invoicing, record keeping, and accounting. You can request plan management from your local area coordinator or during your NDIS planning meeting. Funding will cover plan management with no out-of-pocket costs. Additionally, employment assistance is a type of support that can be included in the Capacity Building budget and managed through your NDIS plan, helping individuals with autism build skills for employment and reach their vocational goals.

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Understanding ASD Levels

ASD levels, according to the DSM-5, categorize ASD into three levels:

  • ASD Level 1: Requiring Support: Mildest level, requiring support with social difficulties and organizational skills.

  • ASD Level 2: Requiring Substantial Support: Middle level, requiring significant support services due to verbal communication issues, limited interests, and repetitive behaviors.

  • ASD Level 3: Requiring Very Substantial Support: Most severe level, needing substantial support for severe challenges similar to levels 1 and 2, often accompanied by additional difficulties.

What Types of Funded Supports Can I Access?

NDIS supports are based on your goals and the therapies, activities, or services that align with them. Examples include:

  • Speech therapy services.

  • Support coordination.

  • Occupational therapy services.

  • Assistive technology and equipment.

  • Self-care and assistance with everyday activities.

  • Home modifications.

  • Behavioral management.

  • Support for social and economic participation.

Supports for most autism NDIS plans fall under core funding and capacity-building funding.

How Do I Find NDIS Service Providers for Autism?

Service providers deliver supports or products to NDIS participants. Use the NDIS Provider Finder to locate NDIS-registered service providers. Plan-managed, self-managed, or combination participants can choose any service provider, regardless of NDIS registration.

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Simplified Plan Management Helps You on Your NDIS Journey

Simplified Plan Management is a nationally registered NDIS provider specialising in expert plan management to help you achieve your goals. Managing NDIS funding can be time-consuming and stressful. Simplified Plan Management handles financial administration, including:

  • Paying your providers promptly.

  • Coordinating service agreements with your supports.

  • Tracking your NDIS budget in real-time.

  • Communicating with the NDIA (National Disability Insurance Agency)about funding.

  • Handling financial administration and record-keeping.


The NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) provides vital support for individuals with autism, helping them achieve greater independence and participation in the community. Understanding eligibility criteria, funding levels, and the application process can maximize the NDIS's benefits. Simplified Plan Management offers expert assistance, allowing you to focus on achieving your goals without the burden of financial administration.


If you want to learn more about plan management and how it can benefit you, contact Simplified Plan Management. Our expert team is here to assist you with managing your NDIS plan, ensuring you can focus on achieving your goals while we handle the administrative tasks. Reach us at 0491 090 757 or email us at


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