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Funding for people living with a disability

Funding – Please note funding does change and we recommend you research the opportunity and the dates it is available. This list is not exhaustive and may change.

People living with a disability require ongoing support whether it is physical, social or emotional. Just as pressing is the subject of ?nancial support, particularly given the cost of expensive equipment and treatment.

National

National Disability Insurance Scheme

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides community linking and individualised support for people with permanent and significant disability, their families and carers. Available only in pilot areas across Australia. www.ndis.gov.au

Disability Support Pension

Financial support for people who have a physical, intellectual or psychiatric condition that stops them from working or who are permanently blind

www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/centrelink/disability-support-pension

Medical Equipment

The Essential Medical Equipment Payment is an annual $140 payment to cover the additional costs of running essential medical equipment or medically required heating/cooling that arise from the introduction of a carbon price.

Eligibility criteria applies to people with medical needs or their carers.

You can apply for this payment online at www.humanservices.gov.au/householdassistance

Centrelink - Mobility Allowance

The Mobility Allowance assists people with disabilities who are involved in qualifying activities and cannot use public transport without substantial assistance. Qualifying activities may include looking for work or any combination of paid employment, voluntary work, vocational training and independent living or life skills training. You do not need to get any other payments from Centrelink to qualify for the Mobility Allowance. Mobility Allowance is not income or assets tested. Visit Centrelink, Tel: 13 2717 www.centrelink.gov.au/internet/internet.nsf/payments/mobility.htm

Carer Payments

Centrelink offers payments to assist people who are caring for someone who has a severe disability or medical condition. The Carer payment is an income support payment for carers who, due to the demanding nature of their care role, are unable to undertake substantial paid employment. Eligibility is accessed through an income and asset test and is paid to full-time carers or parents of children or adults with a severe disability. Contact Centrelink on 13 2717 or visit www.centrelink.gov.au/internet/internet.nsf/payments/carer_adult.htm

Carer Adjustment Payment

A one-off payment following a catastrophic event when a child under 7 years of age is diagnosed with a severe illness, medical condition or major disability www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/centrelink/carer-adjustment-payment

CAPS - a payment for people with permanent and severe incontinence

The Continence Aids Payment Scheme (CAPS) is an Australian Government payment that assists eligible people who have permanent and severe incontinence to meet some of the costs of their continence products.

The Continence Aids Payment Scheme (CAPS) consists of a direct payment to eligible clients. It is delivered by Medicare Australia and the payment is made directly into a client’s nominated bank account. Eligibility Criteria applies

To apply for CAPS you must complete an application form, which includes a health report.

A health care professional must complete the health report, completed by a health care professional. You can download a CAPS application form from the Department of Human Resources www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/medicare/continence-aids-payment-scheme  or contact 13 20 11 Select Option 1 or contact the National Continence Helpline on 1800 33 00 66.

Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (Commonwealth Department of Health)

The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) began as a limited scheme in 1948, with free medicines for pensioners and a list of 139 ‘life-saving and disease-preventing’ medicines free of charge for others in the community.

Today the PBS provides timely, reliable and affordable access to necessary medicines for Australians. The PBS is part of the Australian Government’s broader National Medicines Policy.

The aim of the National Medicines Policy is to meet medication and related service needs, so that both optimal health outcomes and economic objectives are achieved.

Under the PBS, the government subsidises the cost of medicine for most medical conditions. Most of the listed medicines are dispensed by pharmacists, and used by patients at home.

Some medicines are dangerous to administer and need medical supervision (such as chemotherapy drugs) and are only accessible at specialised medical services, usually hospitals. www.pbs.gov.au

Child Disability Assistance Payment

An annual payment to assist parents with the costs of caring for a child with a disability.

www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/centrelink/child-disability-assistance-payment

Betterstart

The Better Start for Children with Disability initiative provides funding for early intervention services. Children are eligible for the Better Start program if diagnosed with one of the following disabilities: Each disability included in the Better Start program is subject to eligibility criteria.

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Deaf/blindness
  • Down syndrome, including mosaic Down syndrome
  • Fragile X syndrome with full mutation.
  • Hearing impairment
  • Sight impairment
  • Prader-Willi syndrome
  • Williams syndrome
  • Angelman syndrome
  • Kabuki syndrome
  • Smith-Magenis syndrome
  • CHARGE syndrome
  • Cornelia de Lange syndrome
  • Rett's Disorder
  • Cri du Chat syndrome; or
  • Microcephaly

Visit: www.betterstart.net.au

Helping Children with Autism Funding

Support for parents, families, carers and children from Indigenous backgrounds, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds and those living in rural and remote areas. The support can include Autism Advisors, Funding for Early Intervention services, PlayConnect Playgroups and Early Days family workshops. For more information visit www.dss.gov.au/our-responsibilities/disability-and-carers/program-services/for-people-with-disability/helping-children-with-autism

Australian Disability Parking Scheme
The Australian Disability Parking Scheme helps eligible people park nearer to their destination. www.dss.gov.au/our-responsibilities/disability-and-carers/program-services/for-people-with-disability/australian-disability-parking-scheme-0

Family Mental Health Support Services
This service provides improved mental health outcomes for children and young people, and their families. www.dss.gov.au/our-responsibilities/mental-health/programs-services/family-mental-health-support-service-fmhss

National Auslan Interpreter Booking and Payment Service (NABS)
The National Auslan Interpreter Booking Service provides accredited Auslan (Australian Sign Language) interpreters to deaf Auslan users free of charge when they attend private medical consultations. www.nabs.org.au

National Companion Card
The National Companion Card scheme enables eligible people with disability to participate at venues and activities without incurring the cost of a second ticket for their attendant carer. www.companioncard.gov.au

Postal Concessions for the Blind Program
The PCB Program enables blind people, and eligible organisations that service the needs of blind people, to send eligible material through Australia Post. The Department reimburses Australia Post for the postage costs of eligible material. auspost.com.au/parcels-mail/mail-for-the-blind.html

Each state has various funding local services available.  It is advisable to check with the State Governement Disability or Health Department.

NSW

Department of Ageing Disability and Homecare www.adhc.nsw.gov.au/individuals

EnableNSW

EnableNSW is a single, state-wide service that aims to signi?cantly improve equipment support services for people with a disability in NSW. EnableNSW’s Aids and Equipment program provides assistive technology equipment to those who are unable to afford essential equipment that meets their functional needs. This includes equipment such as toilet and showering devices, electric chair lifts, hoists and mounting systems. EnableNSW also provides assistance to meet the cost of regular servicing, maintenance and reasonable repairs to devices supplied by EnableNSW. For more details visit: Tel: 1 800 ENABLE (1 800 362 253) www.enable.health.nsw.gov.au/padp

NSW Community Support Program

The Community Support Program (CSP) enables people with physical and/or neurological disability to manage their personal care needs and be as independent as possible. - See more at: www.adhc.nsw.gov.au/individuals/support/everyday_living_support/community_support_program#sthash.GzCMwt9v.dpuf

South Australia

South Australian Government www.sa.gov.au/topics/community-support/disability

Tasmania

Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/service_information/disability/disability_services

Queensland

Queensland Government www.qld.gov.au/disability/adults/accessing-specialist-disability-services

Victoria

Victorian Department of Human Services - www.dhs.vic.gov.au/for-individuals/disability

Northern Territory

Northern Territory Department of Health www.health.nt.gov.au/Aged_and_Disability

Western Australia

Western Australian Disability Services Commission  www.disability.wa.gov.au