Australian Disability Parking Scheme
The Australian Disability Parking Scheme helps eligible people park nearer to their destination. The Scheme has been designed through consultations with permit holders, State, Territory and Local Government representatives and other stakeholders. A key feature of the Scheme is the introduction of a national permit with enhanced security features. These features will help reduce the abuse of permits. The Australian Disability Parking Permit will be recognised in all States and Territories. Australian Disability Parking Permit holders can park in reserved parking spaces and receive concessions in most public parking spaces where the sign or meter shows specific time limits. All disability parking permit holders will need to check the local rules for parking and obey all other road and parking conditions.
Australian Taxation Office - People with disabilities, cars and the GST
You can purchase a car GST-free if you are an eligible veteran with a disability and you intend to use the car either for your personal transportation for two years, or to travel 40,000km from the date you purchase it; or if you are a person with a disability and you intend to use the car to travel to or from gainful employment for either two years, or 40,000km from the date you purchase it. You are gainfully employed for GST purposes if the following applies: you regularly undertake paid work or work in your own business, and
the payment you receive is appropriate for your age, experience and capabilities.
Centrelink - Carer Allowance
Carer Allowance (caring for a person 16 years or over) is a supplementary payment that may be available if you are a parent or carer who provides daily care and attention for a person aged 16 years or over with a disability, medical condition or who is frail aged.
Carer Allowance can be paid in addition to wages or other income support payments such as Age Pension or Carer Payment (caring for a person 16 years or over). You do not have to meet income or assets tests to receive Carer Allowance.
Centrelink - Carer Payment
Carer Payment (caring for a person 16 years or over) can provide you with income support if you are unable to support yourself through substantial paid employment because you are caring for someone aged 16 years or over on a daily basis who has a severe disability, medical condition or who is frail aged. The amount of Carer Payment (caring for a person 16 years or over) you get depends on your income and assets, and
the income and assets of the person you are caring for.
Centrelink - Disability Support Pension
You may get Disability Support Pension if you are unable to work for 2 years because of illness, injury or disability, or if you are permanently blind. The amount of Disability Support Pension you get depends on both your income and your assets.
Centrelink - Mobility Allowance
Mobility Allowance assists people with disabilities who are involved in qualifying activities and cannot use public transport without substantial assistance. Qualifying activities may include looking for work, or any combination of paid employment, voluntary work, vocational training and independent living or life skills training. You do not need to get any other payments from Centrelink to qualify for Mobility Allowance. Mobility Allowance is not income or assets tested and is a non-taxable payment.
Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centres
Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centres are information centres for older people, people with disabilities and those who provide care and services. Centres provide free and confidential information on community aged care, disability and other support services available locally, interstate or anywhere within Australia.
Department of Health & Ageing - Continence Aids Payment Scheme
The CAPS is a Scheme that provides a payment to assist eligible people who have permanent and severe incontinence to meet some of the costs of their continence products. The CAPS replaced the CAAS (Continence Aids Assistance Scheme) and provides greater choice and flexibility for clients to allow them to purchase the most appropriate continence products from the supplier of their choice. The CAPS scheme was implemented from 1 July 2010.
The National Companion Card Scheme
The National Companion Card Scheme brings together State and Territory Companion Card programs that enable eligible people with lifelong disability to participate at venues and activities without incurring the cost of a second ticket for their companion. The cardholder presents their card at participating affiliate organisations to purchase a ticket or pay an entry fee and receive a ticket for their companion at no extra charge. The National Card Scheme is comprised of Companion Card programs run by each State and Territory which issue the Companion Card, that is, there is no National Card. Under the scheme, a cardholder may use their card in any State or Territory when on holidays or travelling. If a cardholder permanently moves to reside in another state or territory then they will need to apply for a new Companion Card from the State/Territory in which they now reside.