You can apply for an Essential medical equipment payment even if you receive a similar benefit from the Victorian government.
The Essential medical equipment payment is an annual payment for Australians with higher than average energy costs because they rely on essential medical equipment in their home.
This additional support is available to people (and their carers) who use essential medical equipment or who medically require heating/cooling at home to manage a disability or medical condition.
To receive the Essential medical equipment payment, the person with medical needs or their carer must:
- Hold a Commonwealth Government concession card or a Department of Veterans' Affairs Gold or White Card and
- Use certain essential medical equipment, or have certain medical conditions that require the use of additional heating or cooling in their home and
- Be responsible, either wholly or partly, for the cost of running the equipment.
For more information and to apply
For more information see the Essential Medical Equipment payment page on the Federal Department of Human Services website .
Members of the defence or veterans community should phone the Department of Veterans Affairs' on 13 32 54 or 1800 555 254 (country callers) or see the House hold assistance page of the Veterans' affairs website.