Home Modifications

“There are around 4.3 million Australians who have a disability. Within the next five years, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will provide $22 billion in funding a year to an estimated 500,000 Australians aged under65, who have permanent and significant disability.

The NDIS provides support to eligible people with intellectual, physical, sensory, cognitive and psychosocial disability. Early intervention supports can also be provided for eligible people with disability or children with developmental delay.” (Source ndis.gov.au)

Tradepro Installations is a proud NDIS provider, referred by Occupational Therapists and completing Home Modifications under NDIS funding. This includes renovations to provide accessible bathrooms, kitchens and more to those who require our assistance ensuring that these frequented areas become safer and easier to use and to facilitate continued daily living in their home.

Tradepro’s quality tradespeople have been completing construction and renovations of this nature for many years and we pride ourselves on the care, precision and functionality that we provide to our Home Modification customers.

If you are in need of Home Modifications to make a home more accessible for a patient or family member, you can feel confident that Tradepro will be proficient in determining what’s needed and assisting in the application for the necessary funding. We would love to work with you.

Home Modifications explained (the following is directly from ndis.gov.au):

Home modifications are changes to the structure, layout or fittings of a participant’s home so they safely access it and move around comfortably in areas they frequently use.

Home modifications may be included in your plan if:

  • due to the impact of your disability, you or your carers cannot reasonably access and use frequently used rooms and spaces in your primary residence;
  • your primary residence, in its current condition, has significant and adverse impacts on the sustainability of current living and care arrangements; and
  • a suitably qualified Occupational Therapist has performed an assessment and recommended home modifications, considering all possible alternatives, including the use of equipment.

As with any building work, there are laws and regulations that need to be adhered to when undertaking home modifications under the Scheme. Further detail is available in the Operational Guidelines found on ndis.gov.au.

Frequently asked questions

NDIS - Home modifications (Home Mods)

What is a home modification?

Home Modifications are changes to the structure, layout or fittings of a participant’s home that are required to enable the participant to safely access and move around their home.

What are the three main categories of home modifications?

Simple Modifications

Simple home adaptions are low cost, such as grab rails or mounted shower chairs, and are generally easy for participants to access.

Minor modifications

“Minor Mods” are non-structural but require experienced professional support to identify and deliver the right solution. The scope of work and associated costs being relatively low, for example, non-structural door widening.

Complex modifications (CHM)

CHM’s involve structural changes, are relatively higher cost, higher risk and require a greater level of certification. CHM typically have a greater impact on participants’ lives and may involve work on a combination of different areas within the home, such as bathroom, kitchen and bedroom or access to the home.

Tradepro Installations is a fully licensed builder so we are able to support your participants needs in all categories

Are there any restrictions as to what a participant can have included in their home mod?

Yes. The modifications must be related directly to the participants disability and be necessary to enable them to safely access and move around their home. However other inclusions not related directly may be deemed necessary to ensure relevant building codes and warranties are met.

The following items are an example of what generally do not meet all reasonable and necessary criteria for NDIS funded support:

  • Site works not related to a participants disability, or required as a result of a poorly sourced building site.
  • Upgraded items/features not related to a participants disability.
  • Lifts in planned dwellings where a multiple storey home is planned or required as a result of an unsuitable site.

The Tradepro project manager can assist in your understanding of these restrictions

Can the participant contribute their own funds to upgrade their selections?

A participant may contribute their own or other funding for a higher standard (and potentially more expensive) finish, or home modifications solution that achieves an equivalent outcome. Participants may also choose to extend the scope of works beyond what is assessed as reasonable and necessary by the NDIS, via a separate service agreement with the Builder.

Tradepro Installations will provide a separate fixed price quotation direct to the client in this case

What is the Occupational Therapists (OT) role with regards to Home Modifications?

The participant will need to engage the services of an Occupational Therapist to complete a full assessment to ascertain what modifications are required to suit the individual participant. The OT will draft a report detailing the modifications. The OT will then meet with the Builder on site for a “Builders Consultation” meeting where the report will be discussed in readiness for the quotation to be prepared by the Builder. Once the Builders proposal has been received from the Builder the OT will then be required to compile a submission pack containing both the assessment report and the Builders proposal.

The Tradepro project manager will meet with the OT on site to assist with technical decisions

What is the Builders role with regards to Home modifications proposals?

The Builder’s role is to interpret the OT’s report and create a final scope of works required to complete the modifications to its fullest and compliance to all relevant building standards and codes. The Builder will then be required to draft a “Builders Proposal” and send to the OT to be included in their submission pack.

Tradepro Installations will provide a fixed price detailed quotation within 3 business days of receiving the OT’s report.

What should be included in the Builders proposal?

The typical Home Modifications quote from a Builder or contractor for an approved scope of works, should contain the following:

  • Name, registered address, telephone and email contact details
  • ABN
  • Builders license number.
  • Contract (if applicable)
  • Signing / acceptance page (if no contract)
  • The Scope of Works
  • Any relevant documentation, drawings, specifications
  • Price breakdown detailing price, GST, Provisional sums, prime cost items, any exclusions etc.

Tradepro Installations has built a quotation system that complies with the expectations of the NDIA ensuring there is no lost time through back and forth during the approval stage

Will a building permit be required for a complex home modification?

Although building permits are issued by local and/or state government, generally, provided the works remain within the current footprint of the building, it is rare for building permits to be required. The building consultant can advise on a case by case basis.

The NDIS may consider funding reasonable costs associated with obtaining building permits in accordance with all relevant Federal, State and Local Municipality legislative requirements.

Tradepro Installations is familiar with the local and state legislation and codes and will ensure all compliance is met in this area

Where will the funding for home modifications be allocated in the participants plan?

A participant can access funding for Home Modifications through the capital budget in their NDIS plan. NDIA acceptance of a quote for CHM requires an assessment and supporting evidence from a qualified Assessor (Occupational Therapist) who considers options such as the participant’s environment, NDIS goals and ongoing support needs.

Will the participant have to pay for the Builder’s quotations?

Most plans have a “Builders Consultation Fee” (BCF) included. This generally allows for up to two Builders to visit site with the OT to understand the full scope and to document an itemised transparent quotation ready for submission.

In the event that there has been no BCF allowed for in the quotation then it will be up to the participant or their representative to negotiate with the Builder.

As a policy Tradepro Installations does not charge the client a Builders consultation fee if there is no allocation in the plan.