Aids and equipment

The Victorian Aids and Equipment Program (A&EP) provides people with a permanent, or long term disability with subsidised aids, equipment, home, and vehicle modifications.

The program aims to:

  • Enhance the independence of people with a disability in their own home
  • Facilitate their participation in the community
  • Support families and carers.

How do you access the program?

Individuals require an assessment of their needs to determine the most suitable aid or equipment that will assist them to maintain, or enhance their independence.

The assessment needs to be undertaken by an allied health professional or a medical practitioner (also known as a prescriber), depending on the type of aid or equipment being applied for. 

The Aids and equipment guidelines provides a framework for the program. For more information, see Related resources.

  • Disability caregivers vehicles purchase and modification

    Travel to enable participation in recreation activities or visits to health services is usually carried out in the caregiver's own vehicle or by public transport. In some situations, modified or larger vehicles than the one owned by the caregivers will be required, in order to maintain the capacity to transport the disabled child or young person to community activities.

    In some cases, it may be determined that the most effective means of maintaining the person in their placement, which is otherwise working well, is to assist the caregivers by providing a vehicle suitable for transporting them. Or alternatively, fitting the existing vehicle with appropriate equipment.

    The Disability caregivers vehicles purchase and modification guidelines will assist staff to determine whether a vehicle purchase is the most appropriate solution. It also explains how to arrange purchase and ongoing operation or management of the vehicle. For more information, see Related resources.

  • Standard requirements for height adjustable beds

    Individuals wishing to apply for a subsidised bed and mattress require an assessment of their needs. This is to determine the most suitable item that will assist them to maintain or enhance their independence. 

    An occupational therapist or physiotherapist (known as a prescriber) is required to undertake an assessment of the individual's needs for a suitable bed. This is when undertaking an assessment for a height adjustable bed for a person living in a department managed disability accommodation service. 

    The prescriber is required to refer to, and complete the Standard requirements for height adjustable beds document, see in Related resources.