How to Claim a Sex Toy On NDIS

28 February 2023

Everything you need to know about claiming sexual devices under your assistive technology budget.

You may have come across the term Basic Assistive Technology (AT) or Low Cost AT as part of your NDIS plan. But did you know that you can claim sexual devices under your assistive technology budget? We’ve put together everything you need to know when claiming a sex toy.

What exactly is assistive technology?
The NDIS defines assistive technology in line with the World Health Organisation definition that assistive technology is “any device or system that allows individuals to perform tasks they would otherwise be unable to do or increases the ease and safety with which tasks can be performed.”

Basically, it is a broad term that refers to any device, low or high tech, that helps support you towards reaching your goals.

What are the requirements for claiming low cost or basic AT?

  • It must meet the criteria of “reasonable and necessary”
  • It must be safe to use and doesn’t require any help setting it up
  • You don't need an assessment or any quotes
  • It can be bought from your local store or online
  • It must cost less than $1500

What if assisted technologies are not available in my NDIS plan?
Most participants have funding allocated in their Core budget for consumables. Following a change made in 2020, participants can use their Core budget more flexibly, including purchasing low-cost AT under the consumables category.

How can I claim a sex toy as assistive technology in my NDIS plan?
So long as you can link the purchase of your sex toy to your NDIS goals, you can buy your toys yourself, and then with the receipt claim reimbursement with your plan manager.

It’s important to remember if you’re self-managed you can still purchase sex toys, but they need to relate directly to the goals in your NDIS plan. If you can’t link it back, and you’re audited, you will need to pay back the cost of the toys you purchased using your NDIS funding.

What, if any, documentation do I need for claiming a sexual device?
We strongly encourage you to keep a copy of your invoice, and though it’s not always necessary it can be handy to retain any information that relates to how the purchasing of sexual assistive technology meets your NDIS goals. This could be a recommendation from a physio, an occupational therapist, or another allied health professional detailing that a sexual device will help you improve your functioning in your everyday life.

How can I create NDIS goals to support the purchase of sexual devices?
At your next review, be sure to identify a goal around your sexual health or well-being, so that there is a goal to support you in buying a device in the future. If possible, have your therapy team put it in writing for you to take along to support your request.

Have open conversations about your needs
We recommend NDIS participants consider discussing their needs with their families, carers, and existing providers. This ensures that they find the best way to receive the support they need to live the most fulfilling life possible, whatever that looks like. These conversations are also important in helping to de-stigmatise the exploration of sexual wellbeing among people with disabilities.

This article is intended as general infomation only. For detailed advice about assistive technology and what you can claim, talk to your NDIS provider or visit the NDIS website. Don't know where to start when it comes to assistive sex toys? Explore our Accessibility range