“The NDIS will pay for my holiday.”
They will not pay for your holiday, but they may help fund additional supports that are needed as part of your disability. The NDIS exists to close the gap between having a disability and not having a disability. It all comes down to what is reasonable and necessary.Apr 2, 2019, Endeavour Foundation.
The NDIS will pay for all “reasonable” and “necessary” supports. It will not cover things such as food, accommodation or entertainment. In practical terms this means that the NDIS will pay for the care/support that you require whilst you are on holiday. However, the costs that are not associated with the care will need to be paid for privately. The NDIS will not pay for flights to destinations; the cost of the flights is to be paid for separately.
WILL THE NDIS FUND MY HOLIDAY?
Did you know that the NDIS can cover the cost of the supports you require when going on a holiday? Learn how you can utilise your NDIS funding when booking your next trip.
HOW THE NDIS FUNDS HOLIDAYS
The NDIS only funds supports and services it deems reasonable and necessary; a big part of which is that they’re directly related to your disability. This means that the NDIS generally won’t fund your holiday costs, such as travel, accommodation, food, entertainment and many other costs associated with a holiday, as these costs usually won’t meet the reasonable and necessary criteria.
However, the NDIS can cover the cost of supports that you require while on your trip. So if a support worker accompanies you, you can use your NDIS funding to pay for their time. However, you can only get their time funded, not the travel, accommodation and other costs for your support worker.
The costs of a support worker are usually funded out of the Core Supports budget in your plan, specifically out of ‘Assistance with Social and Community Participation’ (Category 4). As Core Supports funds are flexible, you use your budgets from other Core Supports categories as well.
We are NOT registered with the NDIS. We do not supply support workers, although we can refer you to organizations that do.
Spot On Travel are a mainstream Travel Agent that has a department dedicated to Travel Needs for people with Disability.
We use our expertise, and personal experience to organize travel for groups where the participants live with disability. We understand the special arrangements that need to be made, and go the extra step to provide you with all the support you need to plan a successful Group Trip.
Organized group travel for people with disabilities takes many forms. Sometimes it families will travel together with some support workers, sometimes it is solo participants with support workers. You know your clients best, and our role is to use your knowledge of their needs and pleasures to custom design an itinerary that suits the group. 'We can provide information above and beyond an itinerary to alleviate the stress of travel and assist with setting up your budget and monitoring expenses for you.
If you have never organized a group holiday or trip before - call on us! We will guide and assist you right through the process.
If you already run a calendar of holidays and trips we'd love to chat to you and provide you with a quote. We are very comfortable working with tight budgets, and our customers have been delighted with the travel we have organized for their groups!
Where Vacations Come True
Spot On Travel is an official partner to AotS (Autism on the Seas), an award-winning organisation providing cruises with expert support. These Staffed Cruises are selected from regular cruises throughout the year, and we assist adults and families in accommodating the typical cruise services, as well as providing specialized Respite and Private Activities/Sessions that allow our guests the use of the ships entertainment venues in an accommodated and assisted manner. Our professional Staff (educated, experienced, background checked and sanctioned by the cruise lines) accompanies you on your cruise to provide these amazing vacation and travel experiences onboard Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Norwegian, Disney and Carnival Cruise Lines.
To accommodate families even further, our Staffed Cruises are open to all Extended Family and Friends. Extended family and friends can book directly with us, and they also receive all of the same benefits and services, including expedited/priority boarding, private muster drill, dinner seating, private venue sessions, reserved show seating, siblings and childhood friends can attend our respite sessions and everything found here:
Autism on the Seas is the Leading Developmental Disability Service Supplier to the Cruise Industry, but cannot be used with your NDIS plan.
No matter the destination, we’re here to help! As Accessible Travel Specialists , we plan vacations for couples, families, friends, groups and even singles. From romantic honeymoons in the Caribbean, girls’ weekends in New York City, autism-friendly Disneyland adventures, family cruises in Europe and much, much more. Everything we do is done on your schedule and most importantly, on your budget. Give us a call today and let’s get started!
Organising your own group is a great way to super charge your own support staff (who wouldn't enjoy a holiday while they work?) and offer great savings to your clients.
Remember a group can be just 10 clients - and could even be an extended family!Would you like a tour planned for your group?
We work with groups and schools to provide travel solutions for people with disability. These can be domestically within Australia, or for International Travel.
There are many barriers to travel for people with disabilities. Our mission is to break down these barriers ...
Mr X, a wheelchair user dreams of visiting Europe and the USA with his wife, but doesn't want to fly. Our mission is to build an itinerary that is Fly-free, and will make it possible to see all his bucket list destinations. We've even got his shore excursions covered.
Ms Y and Ms C are great friends, but Ms C's health is failing they desperately want to holiday together, but are mindful of Ms C's medical needs. We've got some great solutions for travel within Australia and New Zealand, were emergency medical care is available for Australian citizens. We work to build a custom itinerary that even includes private guides in some NZ locations so they don't miss a thing.
Good friends Mr A and Mr B have mild intellectual disabilities. They've already been on one of our "Bridging the way to Independent Travel" trips and now we work with them to build a short Cruise break to help them experience independent travel for the first time.