We suggest you refer to the Ministry of Health’s funding guidelines. There are four main criteria for use of your disability support funding:
1. Helps people live their life or makes their life better
2. Is a disability support
3. Is reasonable and cost-effective
4. Isn't subject to a limit or exclusion So, you can use your funding to cover the cost of your support (hours of work or services provided by a support person or support provider).
You can also use your funding to cover costs that your support worker incurs while providing support to you.
Example 1 If your support person drives you to an activity such as swimming in their own car, you can claim any entry fees for your support person and mileage for the trip. You cannot claim any entry fees for yourself or mileage if you use your own car.
Example 2 If you need a computer, cell phone or tablet to help you manage your funding, you can use your funding to pay for this with some restrictions.
Example 3 You would like your staff to do some training, for example, an NZQA qualification. You can use your funding to pay for this.