Is Personal Training Covered by NDIS Funding?Absolutely!

We currently serve over 10 clients who utilise NDIS funding to engage with a personal trainer! Allow me to guide you through this process, along with an overview of the NDIS personal trainer price guide.

When we first started working with clients leveraging NDIS support I was shocked with a recurring fact: hardly anyone has personal training funding included in their NDIS plan. It was an unexpected revelation.

However, after extensive collaboration with NDIS professionals, I discovered that having personal training explicitly listed in your NDIS plan is not a prerequisite to access these services. In fact,, only a handful have utilised that specific line item for funding.

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So, how does it all come together?

There are four distinct funding items spread across both the NDIS core and capacity building support categories that can be utilised to cover your initial Healthspan Collective. Since we are not a “SPECIAL gym”—and are a local gym—we facilitate the NDIS participant’s engagement in social and community participation, which is a fundable expense. Explore the graph below for a breakdown of these items, all of which we leverage to assist our clients in accessing NDIS funding for personal training.

NDIS Support Category Number NDIS Support Category NDIS Support Category Name Example of Support by Healthspan Collective Trainer
4 Core Supports Assistance with social, economic and community participation A Healthspan Collective trainer facilitates a fitness activity in the community to allow participants to socially engage
9 Capacity Building Increased social and community participation A Healthspan Collective trainer engages a participant in regular physical activity, including walking, to increase a participant's fitness levels and confidence so that they can walk to shops independently.
12 Capacity Building Improved health and well-being A Healthspan Collective trainer provides personal training to a participant to improve their health and wellbeing.
15 Capacity Building Improved daily living skills A Healthspan Collective trainer works as an allied health assistant to provide personal training under the recommendation of the participant's allied health therapist and therapy plan, to improve daily living goals.


Currently, the NDIS personal training price guide stands as a singular line item, nestled within its own capacity building category alongside exercise physiology under the umbrella of improved health and wellbeing (as detailed previously under support category 12). This arrangement may suggest that personal training serves a specific function aimed at achieving specific outcomes for particular goals. However, the reality is that the benefits of personal training are diverse and can contribute to a wide array of goals and individuals.

Outlined below are the specifics:

Support Category Description
The supports within this category are geared towards assisting participants in enhancing their health and wellbeing.
Physical Wellbeing Activities
These support items aim to uphold or enhance physical mobility or wellbeing through personal training or exercise physiology. Physical wellbeing activities promote and foster improved physical capacity and overall health.
Exercise Physiologist - Accredited exercise physiologists with Exercise and Sports Science Australia.
Personal Trainer - Individuals possessing a personal training qualification (Certificate III, IV, or Diploma) in Fitness or an equivalent certification.


Within the NDIS core funding category ‘Assistance with Social, Economic and Community Participation,’ our personal training sessions take place within the local community in a mainstream gym. This actively contributes to community and social participation. Similarly, under the capacity building support of ‘Increased Social and Community Participation,’ our sessions directly facilitate greater engagement while providing a beneficial workout.

Regarding the latter two categories, ‘Improved Health and Well-being’ and ‘Improved Daily Living Skills,’ individuals often have broad goals centred around enhancing their well-being and combating the effects of ageing, degenerative conditions, or sedentary lifestyles. Many participants report that our personal training sessions support them in their allied health therapy, as they improve strength, range of motion, and gross motor skills, which are beneficial in many facets of allied health work.

Our goal has always been to connect people to their local communities through gyms and fitness/leisure centres, combining the benefits of exercise with improved social engagement and connection to the local community.


If your goal is more health-focused and less social, our personal trainers can collaborate with an NDIS exercise physiologist and work under their recommendations and exercise prescriptions. The NDIS personal training line item costs less than half of exercise physiology, allowing you to maximise your investment, if appropriate.

We want to emphasise that personal training is not intended to replace existing therapies, but rather to complement them. Our experience has shown that it can significantly benefit individuals undergoing occupational therapy and other allied health therapies.

If you or someone you know is ready to speak with an NDIS personal trainer, click here to get in touch🧡💪

To help educate you more we have included a link below to the NDIS Price Arrangements & Price Limits, formerly the NDIS Price Guide. This is updated frequently so stay tuned for the latest version.

Healthspan Collective NDIS Personal Trainers



The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) offers funding to Australians with disabilities to enhance their independence and overall well-being. While the NDIS does not directly cover the cost of purchasing gym equipment, it does allocate funding for personal training services, which may involve the utilisation of gym equipment in either a gym or private setting.

For instance, an NDIS participant might opt to utilise their funding to engage in one-on-one personal training sessions at a gym facilitated by Healthspan Collective, which could include access to gym equipment.


The NDIS supports various services and activities aimed at enhancing the quality of life for individuals living with disabilities. While this may include gym memberships, the eligibility for funding is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Based on our experience, it’s more common for gym memberships not to be covered, unfortunately

You can find an example of the information and a review of a sample case on the website here.


In short, yes, you can utilise NDIS funding for personal training. However, the specific coverage depends on various factors. As we have discussed there are a multitude of ways to get support, although we recommend consulting directly with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), and reaching out to our team to explore how you can access the funding according to your individual plan.

If you or someone you know is ready to embark on a fitness journey with a personal trainer, don't hesitate to reach out by clicking here!🏋️‍♂️

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Olga Thomas
Olga Thomas
12:11 16 Apr 24
My first thought was what have I signed myself up to but when I started losing my first kilos I was very happy. Deb was a great help, always supporting me along the way and my daughter also helped me a lot by preparing my lunches and stopping me from snacking 😁. The challenge changed my lifestyle and helped me to feel better in myself. So grateful for all of that.
Alan Blaskett
Alan Blaskett
04:38 15 Apr 24
Great local gym studio catering for local community and broad range of ages and experience.Personal Trainers are knowledgeable and committed to customising programs to help achieve personal goals.Great option for those looking to achieve some health and fitness goals in a non-threatening, community environment.
Brett McKenzie
Brett McKenzie
11:37 22 Dec 23
Healthspan is the first gym that I enjoy coming to. There is a great community vibe, where the trainers know who you are, and tailor plans specific to you.What I have achieved so far is a great motivation, and the encouragement from the team is fantastic.
Jenny Burchfield
Jenny Burchfield
01:16 17 Dec 23
A great community gym.I never thought I’d be a gym kind of person - I love the outdoors. But as one gets older, not only is aerobic fitness still important, but balance and strength exercises even more so.Trainer Deb manages all my aches and pains while keeping me fit, strong, healthy and mentally sharp. She is amazing.I love this gym.
Colin Wood
Colin Wood
04:52 15 Dec 23
Highly recommended. I have been a member for many years and have reaped the health benefits in the process! All the trainers are extremely knowledgeable and tailor a program specific to your needs. The gym has a lovely friendly atmosphere with modern equipment which makes you want to come for a workout!
Steven Maas
Steven Maas
00:08 16 Nov 23
Great bunch of health and fitness professionals doing a great job. I can highly recommend them.
Nathan Ainsworth
Nathan Ainsworth
11:34 11 Sep 23
Healthspan's youth program is great. All the staff are warm and welcoming, and do not judge you on your fitness/abilities, they just want you to improve yourself and make sure you have the right techniques. I would highly recommend this gym.
Lauren Cecelia
Lauren Cecelia
05:12 31 Jul 23
Great gym friendly staff
Heinz Herrmann
Heinz Herrmann
04:38 29 Jul 23
My happy place 💛
02:05 29 Jul 23
Friendly trainers, great atmosphere and encouragement.
Rebecca Dunn
Rebecca Dunn
21:28 28 Jul 23
Great community gym
Maree Parisi
Maree Parisi
12:38 28 Jul 23
Very friendly staff and gym community!! It has a lovely layout and good variety of machines
Nathalie Lesbre
Nathalie Lesbre
02:11 28 Jul 23
Friendly local gym. The trainers are experienced and know how to push us.
Denise Patterson
Denise Patterson
01:14 28 Oct 22
Great intimate gym which is really friendly and welcoming to new comers. Amazing personal trainers who are brilliant at helping you recover from injuries, provide guidance with nutrition and supportive with achieving goals.
Claire Matthews
Claire Matthews
23:46 29 Aug 22
Trainers are all lovely, friendly and open to questions. Energise appealed to me because it was a safe space for me to go to the gym and lift weights as a beginner in a friendly environment- and that's exactly what I got! I love the community aspect and recommend to anyone looking for a convenient, good value gym to get started on your fitness journey.
Jenny Fewtrell
Jenny Fewtrell
00:28 19 May 21
I joined Energize express about 3 years ago and it was the best move I’ve ever made. I was feeling very sluggish & not happy with my weight. The gym has this lovely comfortable vibe, and everyone is part of the gym community you can chat to people if you want or just get on with the job. The trainers are so dedicated in helping you achieve your goals. Each year they have an 8 week challenge & boy does it work as my first year in I won . I lost weight but gained muscle mass I have never looked back I feel fit, fabulous & thru the guidance of my trainer Deb eat a much more balanced diet.
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