What you need to know about Government Funding!

Jul 02, 2018Dian Templeton2 comments

Are you looking for a new mobility product? Are you wondering if you are eligible for funding? Wonder no longer! Here at Out and About healthcare, we can take the stress out of applying for government funding and can help you with eligibility.

One of the most important things to remember when first applying for government funding is that different funding groups have different eligibility criteria. While NDIS requires you to be under the age of 65, MASS is available for all ages – but only to Queensland residents. Researching all the different funding criteria may end in hours of surfing the internet, that's why we have done the research for you and have put together a list of the most common government funding schemes.


The Medical Aids Subsidy Scheme, known as MASS, is available to Queenslanders with permanent conditions or disabilities. This scheme can provide funding for our rehab chairs such as the Sahara, Challenger, manual wheelchairs and more. With a wide range available, it's definitely worth looking in to if you feel you meet the criteria below:

  • Are a permanent resident of Queensland

  • Have a permanent/stable condition or disability

  • Hold a pensioner concession card, health care card or Queensland Government Senior Card

  • Meet specific clinical eligibility criteria relevant to the aid.


The Community Aids, Equipment and Assistive Technologies Initiative (CAEATI) lends a helping hand to people with disabilities in their community. They do this by providing subsidy funding for a range of aids, equipment and assistive technologies. Using CAEATI, you may be able to receive funding for our Aviators, manual wheelchairs or rehab chairs. However, it is important to check if you meet the criteria before you zoom off into the sunset:

CAEATI criteria:

  • Must be an Australian citizen, holder of a visa that gives permanent residency rights, or New Zealand citizen who arrived in Australia prior to 26 February 2001, a Queensland resident,

  • Under 65 at the time of lodgement of a CAEATI application.

  • A disability that is due to an intellectual, psychiatric, cognitive (including both congenital and acquired impairments), neurological, sensory or physical impairment (or combination of impairments) permanent or likely to be permanent (may or may not be of a chronic episodic nature)

  • Substantial reduction in capacity (in once or more of the following areas) for communication, social interaction, learning, mobility or self-care/management and a need for ongoing specialist disability support.


NDIS is the National Disability Insurance Scheme -  and is predicted to provide over 450,000 Australians with the support they need to live an ordinary life.  Providing a lifetime approach, NDIS invests in people early to provide comfort for you later and life. They also give you peace of mind if your child or loved one is born with or acquires a permanent and significant disability, making sure they provide them the support they need. NDIS allows funding for a large range of our products, which you can easily inquire about on our website or by giving our friendly team a call. Some basic criteria for NDIS are;

  • Must be under the age of 65 when you apply

  • Live in Australia, be an Australia Citizen, hold a permanent Visa, or a Protected Special Category Visa

  • Meet disability requirements - have an impairment or condition that is likely to be permanent which significantly reduces your ability to partake in activities, or complete tasks or actions

My Aged Care

My Aged Care provides an abundance of different services, taking into account your personal needs. These include house maintenance, help with grocery shopping, recovery from an accident and much more which you can check out here - https://www.myagedcare.gov.au/home-start-here

My Aged care caters for those 65+ (50+ for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people) who find it difficult to complete day-to-day tasks. My Aged Care requires you to complete a face-to-face assessment to confirm your eligibility. If found eligible, you may be partly or fully funded by the Australian Government or regulated by the Australian Government depending on how the assessment goes.

If found unsuccessful - My Aged Care also allows you to access privately funded services in which you pay the full cost for your care.


Call 1300 366 545 or 07 3204 9217 today to speak with our product inquiry team. They will take your personal lifestyle into consideration to help you choose the perfect product, and will walk you through the criteria to see if you are able to receive one of our products through Government funding.

Please note that the information provided is a guide only, with information being subject to change. We do not take responsibility for information used on this post. 

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