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Source:  https://www.ndis.gov.au/participants/assistive-technology-explained

More expensive doesn’t always mean better. We recommend you get advice from an AT assessor to help manage the risk of overspending on unnecessary or inappropriate AT.

It’s best to buy some items. For other items, it might be better to rent or borrow them. This is true if your needs are likely to change.

The Assistive technology – Guide for minor trial and rental funding (DOCX 65KB) has more information about how the NDIS works out the funding to include in your plan for minor trial or short term rental of AT.

The NDIA has different processes for low, mid and high cost AT. You can learn more about the categories and which part of your budget the funding sits in the How do we consider the cost of the assistive technology  section of the guideline:

  • Low cost assistive technology: under $1,500 per item
  • Mid cost assistive technology: between $1,500 and $15,000 per item
  • High cost assistive technology: over $15,000 per item.

The Assistive technology – Guide for low cost support funding (DOCX 73KB) will help you understand how much funding you may need to buy low cost AT.