The NDIS does not provide funding for motor vehicles as they are not considered disability-related support. However, they may assist with funding for modifications to a new or used car, which can help individuals get back on the road. For this reason, we have provided the NDIS guide below that covers the entire process for obtaining NDIS support for vehicle modifications.

Total Ability is a supplier of advanced and secure automotive driving aids and hand controls for individuals with disabilities in Australia and New Zealand. They have developed the comprehensive guide that can help us go through all steps of the NDIS application process for car modifications, including:

  • Initial assessment
  • Understanding the plan
  • Assistive technology and the NDIS
  • State motoring authorities

Complete NDIS Guide to Vehicle Modifications

Several key takeaways from the NDIS guide

Before applying for NDIS car modifications, obtaining a formal “Medical Fitness to Drive” certification is necessary. You can request your treating doctors – your GP or specialist – to complete the appropriate assessment and send it to the relevant State Motoring Authority.

Meanwhile, it’s crucial to have a detailed plan that outlines your funding for different support and service categories, such as capital support for equipment and assistive technology. Make sure your plan clearly states your driving goals.

In addition, the booklet includes the NDIS Vehicle Modification Assessment Template and guides each section of the template. 

Navigating the NDIS can be a confusing and frustrating process. However, you don’t have to do it alone. Our NDIS support coordination team is here to help. With a person-centred approach, they can assist you at any stage of your NDIS plan. Our NDIS plan managers can also help you monitor your fund and provide financial reporting.


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