The Essential Medical Equipment Payment is an annual $140 payment to people who experience additional increases in home energy costs from the use of essential medical equipment to manage their disability or medical condition. This payment must be claimed, and payments will be available from 1 July 2012.
You may be eligible for this payment if you or the person in your regular care at home:
are covered by a Commonwealth concession card issued by the Department of Human Services or the Department of Veterans’ Affairs
provide proof that the specified equipment or heating/cooling is medically required.
This proof can be provided as:
certification from a Medical Practitioner, or
evidence that the essential medical equipment currently qualifies for assistance under one of the state or territory government schemes, or the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Rehabilitation Appliances Program.
Note: this evidence option does not apply to medically required heating/cooling.
You may also need to prove that you, or the person you care for, contribute to the payment of the home energy account.
You will need to apply for the Essential Medical Equipment Payment online. There will be no need to reapply in future years unless your personal circumstances change. To receive this payment, you will also need to be in Australia on the date that you apply for the payment and on the anniversary of this date in subsequent years. Dependent children are not able to claim this payment.