NDIS Level 3 Autism

Level 3 autism is the highest level on this spectrum and presents unique and profound challenges that can significantly impact your daily life and overall well being. 

NDIS level 3 autism is characterised by severe challenges in social communication, social interaction, and adapting to change, as well as exhibiting highly repetitive behaviours and highly focused interest. When someone is diagnosed with these attributes the NDIS indicates the necessity of extensive support. 

At Maple, we are dedicated to providing families and caregivers with all the vital information and insights into the tailored assistance that the NDIS offers to those with the most substantial needs on the autism spectrum. 

What does NDIS autism level 3 mean?

NDIS autism level 3 refers to people living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who require very substantial support in their daily lives. This categorisation is part of the framework used by the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Australia to determine the level of support and services someone with autism may need. 

Someone at this level typically has considerable difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication. They may also be non-verbal or have very limited speech and often require alternative methods such as sign language or assistive technology. They may find social interactions extremely difficult to navigate, exhibit repetitive behaviours and highly focused interests and find adapting to change extremely challenging.

At Maple, we acknowledge these challenges and commit to offering a range of comprehensive support services aimed at addressing the specific needs of those living with level 3 autism.

Does NDIS support Level 3 autism?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides a range of tailored services and supports for level 3 autism. To determine the level of support, the scheme employs a classification system, organising it into various levels to mirror the wide range of experience of those living with the condition. NDIS level 3, the highest level of ASD, indicates the need for very substantial support.

If you or a loved one are navigating this journey, it's crucial to undertake a comprehensive assessment by a specialist multi-disciplinary team. They can carefully evaluate and determine the severity of your condition using the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) diagnostic criteria. 

If you or your loved one is diagnosed with level 2 or level 3 Autism Spectrum Disorder you are automatically categorised under list A in the NDIS application process. This acknowledges the imminent need for support without further assessments, streamlining your ability to access support. 


Are you or a loved one eligible for NDIS funding?

What support is required at level 3 autism?

Although every single NDIS plan will be unique depending on your needs and preferences, a comprehensive and highly individualised range of supports is typically required for those living with level 3 autism. If you are able to address the condition during early childhood, then we can also implement early interventions that can be extremely beneficial for ensuring your child has the support they need as their minds develop and grow.

Here is an NDIS autism level 3 plan example of supports that you might like to consider for you or your loved one when creating your plan:

Intensive therapeutic support

  • Extensive and ongoing therapy services such as speech therapy, occupational therapy and behavioural interventions, tailored to your specific needs.
  • Early intervention services where applicable to maximise developmental outcomes.

Daily living assistance

  • Full time support can be provided with daily activities such as personal care, meal preparation, and managing household tasks. 
  • Support workers or carers can assist with the development and maintenance of daily living and life skills.

Specialised educational supports

  • Tailored learning support and resources can be provided within educational settings.
  • Assistance from special education professionals or support workers in schools.

Social and community participation

  • Structured programs and support for developing social skills and interacting with others.
  • Facilitating involvement in community activities and events that correlate with your interests.

Behavioural management

  • Provide strategies and support to address and manage challenging behaviours.
  • We can develop positive behaviour support plans with the help of qualified professionals.

Assistive technology and communication aids

  • Funding for devices and software to assist with communication, such as speech generating devices.
  • Technology and modifications to support independence in daily living.

Supported Independent Living (SIL)

  • A range of accommodation options with modified living arrangements.
  • Tailored living arrangements to provide the necessary level of care and support.

Respite care

  • Services to provide short-term breaks for families and caregivers.
  • Ensuring that carers have the support they need to continue providing care.

Transport assistance

  • Support with transportation to access various services, community activities and educational opportunities.


For those living with autism level 3, these supports in various forms are vital, not only for managing day-to-day challenges but also for enhancing your overall quality of life. Our dedicated team, along with the NDIS strive to provide the necessary tools and resources to help those living with level 3 autism to live fulfilling and enriched lives.

How much funding can you get from NDIS?

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