Financial Assistance and Grants

In addition to home help services, there is financial assistance and grants available to ease the financial burden of home modifications in order to create the appropriate environment and services to enable you to stay in your home.

NATIONAL SUPPORT

Disability Care Australia

DisabilityCare Australia is the national disability insurance scheme. It will support people with permanent and significant disability, their families and carers.

The scheme is a new way of funding individualised support for people with disability that involves more choice and control and a lifetime approach to a person’s support needs.

It will focus on early intervention, recognising that timely support can minimise the impact of a disability. It will provide assistance at the right time, rather than only once people reach crisis.

Given the large ownership of private housing in Australia, it is envisaged that a significant allocation will be based around home modifications and procurement of mobility aids.

Home and Community Care (HACC) Program

Available to people who are at risk of premature or inappropriate admission to long term residential care, HACC enables the development of a consistent aged care system covering basic care at home by providing services to allow for independent living at home.

If eligible, the individual will be asked to contribute to the cost of major modifications, however for minor modifications, only the cost of materials will need to be covered as the service provider will meet the cost of the labour.

Extended Aged Care at Home (EACH) Program

An Australian Government initiative, the EACH packages are tailored to assist older Australians to continue living at their own homes.  Packages are coordinated within the local area to supply and coordinate care services for frail older people.

Assistance with Care and Housing for the Aged (ACHA) Program

Aims to assist financially disadvantaged older people who are homeless or in insecure accommodation, to obtain more stable accommodation before linking clients to appropriate community care needs.

Mobility Allowance

Mobility Allowance helps people who have a disability, illness, or injury participate in approved activities. The allowance helps with transport costs for those who cannot use public transport without substantial assistance, either permanently or for an extended period.

Disability Support Pension

Disability Support Pension provides financial support to people who have a physical, intellectual, or psychiatric condition that stops them from working or who are permanently blind.

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

Good Life Planning

Targeted to individuals not linked to government-funded service providers, these grants provide assistance to develop or implement their plans.

Quality of Life Grants

One-off payments of up to $5000 to subsidise the cost of something which could substantially improve the quality of life of someone with a disability under 65 years of age and the families and carers who assist them.

NEW SOUTH WALES

Help at Home

To maintain the independence of eligible individuals, a range of services can be provided including household chores, care and home maintenance and modifications and others.  This service suits those who require a basic level of help with their daily living tasks.

High Need Pool (HNP)

Open to people with a disability and their carers, the HNP provides 15-35hrs of service hours per week to assist individuals to continue living at home.

NORTHERN TERRITORY

Territory Independence and Mobility Equipment (TIME) Scheme

The scheme aims to provide appropriate equipment and appliances to people with a disability in order to enhance their safety and/or independence to participate in their community.

QUEENSLAND

Home Assist Secure

This service provides free information to help individuals feel safer living at home with subsidised assistance for repairs, modifications or maintenance of items which relate to health, safety and security.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Disability Services

Offers state-wide services to people with a disability by providing home care and assistance at home as well as information and advice.

VICTORIA

Individual Support Package

Aimed to support individuals who have a disability who will require ongoing disability support, the individual support package is specifically tailored to the needs of the person to decide what supports are required and how and when the support is provided.  The package is attached to the individual and is funded by the Department of Human Services.

Intake and Response Service

The Intake and Response Service provides information about supports and services and can also provide assistance with planning and short-term support to people with disabilities, their families and carers in their local area.

Aids and Equipment Program

The Aids and Equipment Program (A&EP) provides people with a permanent or long-term disability with subsidised aids, equipment, vehicle and home modifications to enhance independence in their home, facilitate community participation and support families and carers in their role.

Individual Customised Therapy

Therapy is a specialist support based on individual planning and identification of needs. Therapy includes a range of allied health programs, such as physiotherapy and occupational therapy, to assist you to live as independently as possible in the community.