To support an individual’s ability to remain independent, financial assistance through grants may be available for some specialist equipment referred to in this section.
Western Australian funding schemes are referred to below (funding systems will vary from State to State). Possible funding sources:
- Disability Equipment Grant (administered through the Independent Living Centre) www.ilc.com.au
- Disability Services Commission Community Aids and Equipment Programme (CAEP) www.disability.wa.gov.au/dscwr/assets/main/…/caep_brochure.doc
- Home and Community Care (HACC) – Provision of Goods and Equipment Programme www.health.wa.gov.au/hacc
- Equipment for Living Grants http://www.ilc.com.au/pages/equipment-for-living
Some grants are means tested. Applications will require verification by a professional that the equipment is appropriate and that the individual will benefit in their ability to maintain independence.Professional support may be necessary to verify an application.
If you are considering applying for one of these grants refer to the above websites for further information relating to eligibility criteria .
The Association for the Blind administers the Disability Equipment Grant on behalf of the Independent Living Centre for equipment for people with vision impairments.
Other organisations such as Telstra and Australian Hearing have Disability Equipment Programmes. Eligibility applies.