Apply for a subsidy for operating life support equipment at home

Apply to subsidise the electricity costs of operating certain life support equipment at home.

The Life Support Equipment Electricity Subsidy Scheme is available to compensate eligible people for the electricity costs of operating life support equipment at home.

To be eligible

  • the patient must be dependent on specified life support equipment used in their homes under specialist medical advice and
  • the patient or the guardian/primary caregiver must be the holder of a Pensioner Concession Card (issued by either Centrelink or the Department of Veterans’ Affairs), Health Care Card (not including the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card) or Health Care Interim Voucher.

Subsidy payments are made directly into a cheque or savings account nominated by the applicant.

Apply for the subsidy.

Eligibility

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To be eligible to receive the subsidy, an applicant must hold one of the following means-tested concession cards

  • Pensioner Concession Card (issued by either Centrelink or the Department of Veterans’ Affairs)or
  • Health Care Card (not including the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card) or
  • Health Care Interim Voucher.

RevenueWA will require the applicant’s authorisation to confirm the status of the concession card with Centrelink and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

The applicant may be either

  • the patient who requires the specified life support equipment for their own use or
  • the guardian or primary caregiver of a person who utilises the energy for life support equipment in their own home.

Where the applicant is a child or an adult who is unable to sign the application form due to age or disability, the guardian or primary caregiver may sign the form on their behalf provided the reason for doing so is noted on the application form.

Medical authorisation

Medical authorisation must be provided by

  • a specialist medical practitioner or a medical practitioner working in a specialist department of a hospital or
  • a hospice doctor or
  • in an area outside of the Perth Metropolitan Area, a doctor or General Practitioner who also works on an occasional basis from a local hospital or rural health service.

Specified equipment

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Applicable specified equipment must be prescribed by an authorised medical practitioner and must be operated at the applicant’s home address.

The following table lists the specified life support equipment and the amount of the annual subsidy that is applicable per item of equipment. Equipment not listed in this table is not covered under this scheme.

Specified Life Support Equipment Annual Subsidy
Oxygen Concentrator (Adult - standard capacity) $877
Oxygen Concentrator (Adult - high capacity ‘New Life Intensity’) $1,265
Oxygen Concentrator (Child) $1,315
Feeding Pump $157
Suction Pump $208
Apnoea Monitor (Child only) $263
Heart Pump $414
Nebuliser
Adult - only when a tracheostomy is expected to be in place for more than 6 months and nebulised therapy is required for life support purposes
Child - only when used every day for 1-2 hours per day
$51
Machine Assisted Peritoneal Dialysis Equipment $96
Ventilator - VPAP or BPAP Machines $459
CPAP Machine
Adult - only when clinically prescribed for adults with obesity hypoventilation syndrome, tracheomalacia, obstructive sleep apnoea with sleep hypoventilation, or other life threatening disease as determined by a specialist with usage over four hours per night
Child - only when prescribed for severe obstructive sleep apnoea, tracheomalacia or other life threatening disease as determined by the treating specialist
$459

 

How to apply

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The ‘Life Support Equipment Energy Subsidy Application Form’ must be completed in full, and the authorisation and declaration signed by the applicant and patient, as applicable.

The medical authorisation must be completed in full by an authorised medical practitioner.

If you are having difficulty meeting the medical authorisation requirements please contact us to discuss the options available to you.

To ensure payment is made in a timely manner, please provide the relevant bank account details as they appear on your bank statement. This includes the name of the bank, the branch location, the BSB and account number, and the name of the account holder. If you are unsure about any of these details, please contact your bank for assistance.

Where the patient lives in a form of supported accommodation such as a nursing home, permanent caravan park or similar, a copy of an invoice or similar document showing that the applicant is individually billed and pays for measured energy usage must be included with the application form.

RevenueWA has the right to decline an application (or require repayment of any subsidy already paid) in situations where the Commissioner is of the reasonable opinion that false or misleading information has been provided, or where the eligibility criteria have not been met. Applicants may seek review of such a decision.

Renewing your application

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A renewal letter will be mailed to the applicant each year on the anniversary date of the application. Application for the subsidy must be renewed annually and any changes to the patient’s circumstances or application details must be provided. It is important to notify RevenueWA of changes to the applicant’s postal, email and/or residential address to ensure that the renewal letter is received.

Every three years the patient’s specified life support equipment will need to be recertified by the authorised medical specialist to confirm ongoing eligibility for the subsidy.

Energy supply outages

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Keeping you safely connected to the electricity supply at all times is vital. If you have not already done so, it is essential that you contact your electricity retailer to register as a Life Support customer as soon as possible. Details can be found on your electricity retailer’s website or by phoning them directly.

Concession cards

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Information regarding Pensioner Concession Cards and Health Care Cards is available from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs or your local Centrelink office.

Page reviewed 1 July 2020