Entitlements and Concessions
National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
The NDIS is available for people with a significant and permanent disability aged 0-65 years. Participants of the NDIS design a plan of supports and individual funding package to assist them with achieving their goals. If you meet the eligibility criteria you can apply to become a participant by completing an Access Request Form, available directly from the NDIS.
See more information in the NDIS FAQs
- 1800 800 110
My Aged Care
If you are older and need some help around the house, some short term care or think it’s time to look into aged care homes. You can also get information on assessments, providers and managing your services. Find and access the government funded aged care services.
- 1800 200 422
EnableNSW provides equipment and services to people in NSW with chronic health conditions or disability to assist them with mobility, communication and self-care. Please note that if you are an NDIS participant you will need to apply for assitive technology to be included in your NDIS plan and you will not be eligible for ENABLE.
- 1800 362 253
Please note that if you are an NDIS participant you will need to apply for assistive technology to be included in your NDIS plan and you will not be eligible for Enable.
Continence Aids Payment Scheme (CAPS)
CAPS provides financial assistance to eligible people who have permanent and ongoing incontinence as a result of disability. A nominal payment is made each year direct to consumer’s nominated bank account.
If this funding does not cover your requirements for the year, supplemental funding may be available through ENABLE (see item above). Please note that if you are an NDIS participant you will need to apply for continence aids to be included in the consumables / core budget in your NDIS plan and you will not be eligible for CAPS.
- 1800 807 487
- CAPS eligibility requirements
- National Continence Helpline: Free information and referral service 1800 330 066
- Continence Foundation of Australia (02) 8741 5699 or 1800 330 066
Isolated Patients Travel and Accommodation Assistance Scheme (IPTAAS)
IPTAAS is the Isolated Patients Travel and Accommodation Assistance Scheme. This is a NSW Government scheme providing financial assistance towards travel and accommodation costs when a patient needs to travel long distances for treatment that is not available locally.
- 1800 IPTAAS (1800 478 227)
Disability Support Pension
Income support for people with disability aged 16 – 65. Not all people with all neuromuscular conditions are eligible but many are.
- Centrelink 132 717
Mobility Allowance is an income support payment paid to people with a disability, aged 16 or over, who cannot use public transport without substantial assistance and are required to travel to and from their home in order to undertake approved activities, which include work, study, training or job search. Please note if you have an NDIS plan transport allowance may be included so you cannot receive Mobility Allowance as well.
- Centrelink 132 717
Carer Allowances & Payments
- Centrelink 132 717
Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centres
The national network of CRCCs provides a link to carer support services and assists carers with options to take a break through short-term and emergency respite. Where appropriate, a CRCC can help with putting in place regular respite for a carer to reduce the need for unplanned and emergency respite. CRCCs provide free and confidential information on local carer support, disability and community services.
- 1800 052 222
- Commonwealth Respite & Carelink Centres
Companion Card NSW
The Companion Card allows people with a significant and permanent disability who require attendant care for the rest of their lives to participate in community activities and events. The card can be presented when booking or purchasing a ticket at events and venues, and gives the cardholder a second ticket for their companion/carer/support worker at no charge.
- 1800 893 044
Electricity Rebates NSW
People with disability are entitled to a number of concessions on energy bills. Check out the list the Energy & Water Ombudsman NSW (EWON) has put together:
- Factsheets – Energy & Water Ombudsman NSW (ewon.com.au)
- EWON 1800 246 545
- EWON Rebates
Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme
To be eligible for a concessional benefit on prescription medication, you will require one of the following concession cards:
- Pensioner Concession Card;
- Commonwealth Seniors Health Card;
- Health Care Card; or
- DVA White, Gold, or Orange Card.
Special Child Care Benefit
12 weeks of childcare costs covered due to medical condition/ special circumstances.
Covers part of the cost of a nanny in the home.
Both Special Child Care Benefit and In-home childcare are useful for parents experiencing difficulties caring for young children due to an NMC eg to attend rehab/ medical appointments.
Chronic disease management plan
Rebates for allied health sessions as set up by your GP. Good for accessing physio, podiatry, psychology, speech therapy or OT pre diagnosis / pre NDIS.
Payment and Service Finder
Helping you find, estimate and compare payments and services you may be eligible for.
Concessions, rebates and assistance to help you with the cost of living.
Transport concessions are listed here.
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