NDIS Framework Explained

1. The support framework

The NDIS Outcomes Framework measures both goal attainment for individuals participants, and overall performance of the scheme.

There are 8 Outcome ‘Domains’ in the framework. Each of these ‘domains’ listed will help participants to think about what goals in different life areas they wish to explore and will assist planners to seek out supports in areas that already exist and to advise where further supports are required. Print a copy.

The 8 Outcome Domains are: 

  • 1. Daily Living
    2. Home
    3. Health and Wellbeing
    4. Lifelong Learning
  • 5. Work
    6. Social & Community Participation
    7. Relationships
    8. Choice and Control

2. NDIS Support Purpose Categories

In the NDIS payment system, supports for participants fall into 3 Support Purpose Categories, which are Core, Capital and Capacity Building.

Each one of these is further split into a mix 15 sub-categories.


A support that enables a participant to complete activities of daily living and enables them to work towards their goals and meet their
objectives. Participant budgets are flexible across the four sub-categories.

Sub Categories

1. Assistance with daily living
2. Transport
3. Consumables
4.Assistance with Social and Community Participation.

A participant may choose how to spend their Core Support funding, but cannot reallocate core support funding to other support purposes (Capital or Capacity Building supports).


An investment such capital costs; for example, to pay for Specialist Disability Accommodation.

Sub Categories:

5. Assistive technologies or equipment
6. Home or vehicle modifications


This support enables a participant to build their independence and skills. Participant budgets are allocated at a support category level, and must be used to achieve goals in the participant’s plan.

Sub Categories

7. Coordination of Supports
8. Improved Living Arrangements
9. Increased Social & Community Participation
10. Finding & Keeping a Job
11. Improved Relationships
12. Improved Health & Wellbeing
13. Improved Learning
14. Improved Life Choices
15. Improved Daily Living Skills.

3. How they fit together

This table shows how the NDIS Domains, Purpose categories and sub-categories interlace to form a large part of the framework. For more detail, click on the image to open a link to the NDIS Price Guide. The table can be found on page 5.

4. Understanding Support Item Reference Numbers

The NDIS payments system has unique numbers allocated for each support line item. Each number is allocated according to the following structure:

For example: 01_018_0104_1_1 is the Support item reference number for the NDIS line item called:

Assistance with / self-care / overnight / higher intensity. 

The reference number sequence is made up of the following parts:

Support Cat. ( 01 ) Line Item ( 018 ) Reg’n Grp. ( 0104 ) Domain ( 1 ) Support Purpose ( 1 )

Here is another example: 07_001_0106_8_3 is the Support item reference number for the NDIS line item called:

Support Connection:

The reference number sequence is made up of the following parts.

Support Cat. ( 07 ) Line Item ( 001 ) Reg’n Grp. ( 0106 ) Domain ( 8 ) Funding Type ( 3 )

There are as many support line item reference numbers as there are different types of support and it is expected that they will increase in quantity as the NDIS expands over the next year or two. A comprehensive listing of support categories and support line item reference numbers is available from the NDIS Price Guide.

Instead of describing them all here it is probably more useful to look at the services Amicus is registered to deliver and supply reference numbers based on a “best-fit” comparison.