Vehicle modifications mean changes to a vehicle, or the installation of equipment in it, to enable a participant to access it and, in some cases, operate it.
Vehicle modifications may be included in your NDIS plan where it is a reasonable and necessary support that will meet your needs and help you achieve your goals. The NDIS does not generally fund a vehicle for a participant – but may fund modifications to a vehicle the participant regularly uses or would use to address their transport needs.
It is important to note that it may take time to establish whether a participant will be able to meet the requirements to be legally licenced to operate a motor vehicle. This process itself may be a reasonable and necessary support, involving assessment, driving lessons and trials of different modification technologies. It would be usual for the participant to complete this process (if not currently a licenced driver) prior to the NDIA approving a capital vehicle modification support (for operating the vehicle) in their plan.
Vehicles aged less than five years, under 80,000kms, are generally considered suitable to modify. However, older vehicles and those with higher mileage may still be considered where there is evidence that their modification would be cost effective.
Before funding vehicle modifications, the NDIA will also consider the effectiveness of vehicle modifications having consideration to whether:
For further detail please refer to the Operational Guidelines.
The NDIA may fund supports related or incidental to vehicle modifications. For example, driver assessments for the purpose of getting an endorsed license or driving lessons where a participant needs lessons to establish the skills to use the modified vehicle.