Equipment support programs

The department funds many other disability equipment programs in addition to the State-wide Equipment Program.

Funding options

A range of funding options are available to people who are blind or have low vision to access equipment and technology they may not be able to afford. 

For more information, see Funding options on the Vision Australia website.

Lymphoedema Compression Garment Program

The Lymphoedema Compression Garment Program provides financial assistance for eligible pension holders and low income earners. The program is administered by Mercy Health Lymphoedema Clinic, East Melbourne. Financial assistance is available to permanent residents of Victoria who have been medically assessed as having lymphoedema.

For more information, see Lymphoedema Compression Garment Program on the Mercy Health website.

Motor Neurone Disease Association of Victoria equipment loan library

The Motor Neurone Disease Association of Victoria provides a range of disability aids and equipment to assist people with Motor Neurone Disease, to maintain their independence while remaining in accommodation of their choosing.

For more information, see the Motor Neurone Disease Association of Victoria website.

Smoke Alarm Subsidy Scheme

Through the Smoke alarm subsidy scheme, VicDeaf issues smoke alarms to people who are profoundly deaf.

For more information, see the Smoke Alarm Subsidy Scheme on the VicDeaf website.

Solve Disability Solutions

Solve Disability Solutions is a volunteer program where volunteers make custom equipment for people with a disability throughout Victoria. The service helps people with disabilities, for whom no commercially available solution meet their needs.

For more information, see the Solve Disability Solutions website.

Independent Living Centre

The Independent Living Centre, managed by Yooralla, provides information, advice and trial of independence equipment to enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities or age related difficulties. It is staffed by occupational therapists and physiotherapists.

Online equipment database

Independent living centres provide a comprehensive database of assistive technology available in Victoria and other states. Maintained by Independent Living Centres Australia, it contains information on disability items, agencies and providers.

Assistive technology display

Independent Living Centres has an extensive range of assistive technology for daily living on display at its Brooklyn and Blackburn sites.

This assistive technology is displayed, as much as possible, in a functional setting, often within rooms designed to be accessible for people with disabilities.

Equipment library

The equipment library is a short-term trial service, primarily offering children’s equipment. Equipment is loaned for one month which can be extended to a second month if the equipment is not reserved.

Children’s seating, wheelchairs, standing frames and bathing and toileting are some of the items available for loan.

For more information, see the Independent Living Centre website.