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NDIS Home Modifications for Children


Updated 04-01-2024

NDIS Home Modifications for Children

Home modifications can profoundly impact the lives of children living with disabilities, enabling greater independence and safety within their own homes. In Australia, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) recognises the critical role that such modifications play in the lives of young participants. Tailoring a child’s living environment to meet their unique needs is not only empowering but also a step towards inclusivity.

Understanding Home Modifications in the Context of NDIS

Home modifications refer to the changes made to the structure, layout, or fittings of a participant's home, ensuring they can safely access and move around in their living space. For children, this might involve adapting the physical environment to accommodate mobility aids, sensory equipment, or to simply create a safer, more comfortable area for daily activities.

Assessing the Need for Modifications

Before undertaking any home modifications, it’s essential to have a thorough assessment conducted by an occupational therapist (OT). This assessment will take into consideration the child's current and future needs, ensuring that the modifications will be relevant and beneficial over time. The OT will provide a report, which then forms part of the NDIS funding application.

Types of Home Modifications

Home modifications can range from minor to major changes, including but not limited to:

  • Widening doorways to allow for wheelchair access.
  • Installing ramps or lifts for improved mobility.
  • Modifying bathrooms with roll-in showers, handrails, and non-slip flooring.
  • Adjusting kitchen layouts to provide access at a child-friendly height.
  • Incorporating safety features such as window guards or secure fencing.

Funding Home Modifications through NDIS

When home modifications are identified as a reasonable and necessary support, they may be funded under the NDIS. This will involve the development of a quote and a plan outlining the proposed modifications. Parents or guardians should work closely with their child’s NDIS planner or coordinator to ensure a coherent approach is taken.

Collaborating with Design and Construction Professionals

Once funding is approved, specialists in accessible design and construction can be engaged to carry out the modifications. Professionals with experience in NDIS projects are preferable as they understand the unique requirements and can collaborate effectively with families and OTs throughout the process.

Best Practices for Optimising Home Modifications

Ensuring that the modifications meet the needs of the child both now and in the future is critical. Anticipating the child's growth and potential changes in their condition can prevent the need for further modifications down the line.

Involving the Child in the Design Process

Where possible, involving the child in decisions around their living space can have a positive effect on their acceptance of the changes and provide them with a sense of empowerment. Their input on colour choices or the placement of certain items can make a significant difference in their comfort levels.

Choosing Durable and Flexible Solutions

Selecting durable materials and flexible designs can limit future maintenance issues and adapt to the changing needs of the child. Adjustable systems and equipment are ideal, providing longevity and cost-effectiveness.

Ensuring Continuity of Care

Throughout the modification process, it's vital to maintain a stable environment for the child. Continuous communication with service providers ensures that there is minimal disruption to the child’s daily routines and ongoing care.


Home modifications within the framework of the NDIS provide a crucial opportunity to enhance the daily lives of children with disabilities. By creating a supportive and functional home environment, we can foster their development, independence, and participation within the family and community. It is through careful planning, collaboration, and an understanding of the child's individual needs that the most successful home modifications are achieved, paving the way for a brighter, more inclusive future.

About the Author

Alex is an esteemed expert in assistive technology and disability support services, he holds a unique blend of professional expertise and personal dedication to enhancing the lives of individuals with disabilities. With over a decade of experience in research and development, Alex has been at the forefront of integrating cutting-edge assistive technologies into practical support solutions. Renowned for his empathetic approach and strong advocacy for disability rights, Alex’s work extends beyond academic research to hands-on involvement in community initiatives and policy advisory roles. A prolific writer, his articles are widely acclaimed for their insightful analysis, clear communication, and commitment to ethical considerations in technology use.

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