NDIS Level 2 Autism

Autism NDIS

Your questions on NDIS Level 2 Autism

Navigating life with level 2 autism can be a complex journey, filled with unique challenges and triumphs. The NDIS recognises this and offers a range of tailored supports aimed at addressing your specific needs, wherever you may be on the spectrum.


NDIS level 2 autism is often characterised by more noticeable challenges in social communication and repetitive behaviours and requires substantial support under the NDIS guidelines.


At Maple, we want to provide all of our clients, their families and carers with crucial information on how the NDIS can effectively assist those with level 2 autism, ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to reach their full potential.

What is Category 2 autism?

People living with category 2 autism, also known as level 2 Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), often face more significant challenges with certain aspects of daily life. These can include:


  • Verbal and non-verbal communication which can present itself as limited conversational abilities, challenges in understanding and responding to social cues, and difficulties in expressing their needs and emotions effectively.
  • Social interactions are usually more challenging for those with level 2 autism. They may struggle with initiating social interactions, maintaining relationships, or adapting to different social contexts. 
  • Repetitive behaviours and highly focused interests. At level 2 autism, these behaviours are more pronounced and more likely to interfere with various aspects of daily life. 
  • Adjusting to changes in routine or environment can be particularly difficult for people living with autism level 2 which can result in distress.

Is Level 2 autism a disability under the NDIS?

Under the framework of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Australia, autism is categorised into different levels. This classification reflects the diverse experiences of those living with autism and the different levels of support they may require. NDIS Level 2 Autism indicates a need for substantial support. 

For families navigating this journey, a comprehensive assessment by a specialist multidisciplinary team is a crucial step to discovering which level you or your loved one are at. Using the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) diagnostic criteria they can carefully evaluate and determine the severity of your condition. 

Should you or your loved one be identified as having level 2 or level 3 ASD, you are placed under list A in the NDIS application process. This categorisation is a recognition of your needs and it means that your condition is likely to fulfil the NDIS’s disability requirements for support without the need for further detailed analysis.

Are you or a loved one eligible for NDIS funding?

What are Level 2 support needs for autism?

Every NDIS participant will create their own personalised plan at the beginning of their NDIS journey that will be reviewed periodically to assess its effectiveness. You will set personal goals - aspects that you wish to achieve or accomplish over a period of time. Your plan team will then allocate supports - that the NDIS funds through providers such as Maple - that will help you to reach your goals.


Your plan will be highly individualised to ensure it suits your specific needs, addresses your preferences and helps you to achieve your goals. Here is an NDIS autism level 2 plan example of supports that you might like to consider as you think about your goals:

Therapeutic supports

  • Speech therapy - to improve communication skills, including understanding and use of language, non-verbal communication and social use of language.
  • Occupational therapy - to develop everyday skills, manage sensory sensitivities, and improve motor skills.
  • Behavioural therapy - including approaches such as Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) to address challenging behaviours and develop social skills. 

Social and Community Participation

  • Social skills programs - to enhance social understanding and interaction abilities.
  • Support for community engagement - to assist participation in community activities, clubs, or groups aligned with a participant's interests.

Educational supports

  • Special education support - tailored within an educational setting to aid in learning and integration.
  • Tutoring and educational aids - customised learning tools and personal tutoring to support educational goals.

Daily living and independence

  • Support workers - to assist with daily living activities, routines, and developing independence.
  • Life skills development - training such as cooking, budgeting, and public transport navigation.

Assistive technology and equipment

  • Communication devices - such as speech-generating devices or apps.
  • Adaptive equipment - tools and devices to assist in daily tasks or enhance learning and engagement.

The key to an effective plan is the customisation of your supports to your specific needs and preferences. At Maple, we focus on providing person-centred and goal-oriented supports that are as unique as the participants we serve. Reach out today to find out more about how we can support NDIS level 2 autism.

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