NDIS Innovative Community Participation West & North Melbourne

What is NDIS Innovative Community Participation?

It is under the Core and Capacity Building section of your NDIS plan that social and community participation funding can be found:


Social and Community Participation Assistance:

This funding covers NDIS participants who need to achieve their goals through participation in community, social or recreational activities. These activities can be offered in a centre or a community setting. As part of supporting social participation, NDIS may provide funds for a support worker to help you with the following tasks:

Group activities

If the assistance provided allows an individual with disabilities to participate in the community, social, and/or recreational activities at a facility as part of a group activity, prices will depend on the staff: participant ratio. If the participant has challenging behaviour or high medical support needs that require additional support, higher intensity support is required for the individual.

Group support providers cannot charge for “non-face-to-face” services, including report writing, phone calls, emails, staff research and training, and so on. This is because the hourly price caps for these support services already include a grant for non-face-to-face services.

  • Attend personal development courses
  • Join a social group
  • Go on a field trip or vacation
  • Go to a camp vacation
  • Visit your local library
  • watch a movie or concert
  • Go to community events and/or
  • join a sports club


Increased Social and Community Participation

Social and Community Participation funds can be used to pay for art classes, tuition fees, sports coaching, and any activity that builds skills and independence as well as any activity that may have capacity-building components. These can also include assistance to establish volunteer arrangements in the community, individual skill development, peer support, mentoring etc. If the support activities are deemed essential and reasonable, NDIS funds will be allotted to enhance the participant’s goals.

What is the benefit of assistance with Social and community participation?