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Aids and equipment for community access (CAEATI)

The Community Aids, Equipment and Assistive Technologies Initiative (CAEATI) helps people with a disability participate in their communities by providing subsidy funding for a range of aids, equipment and assistive technologies.  

NDIS Information

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) commenced rolling out across Queensland on 1 July 2016. The NDIS is being rolled out geographically based on Local Government Areas (LGA). People will move to the NDIS at different times depending on where they live. You can check when your LGA is moving to NDIS on the NDIS webpage

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) intends to have a presence in the rollout areas several months before the rollout date.

The aids and equipment subsidy scheme or (CAEATI) and the vehicle modifications subsidy scheme (VOSS) provides one-off assistance for people with a disability to participate in their community.

Applications for CAEATI and VOSS take some time to complete due to trials and other factors which means that the items requested will not be available until after the NDIS rollout date.

People with a disability seeking CAEATI  and VOSS assistance will need to submit their applications to MASS  three months prior to when the NDIS starts rolling out in the area they live in. MASS will not accept applications after this date.

Check the scheduled rollout dates in your area:  NDIS-Queensland Rollout

From this time, people are encouraged to approach NDIA to make an access request.

To help you get ready there is more information available for participants on the NDIS website by following this link:

Available support

The scheme subsidises the costs of:

  • a registered therapist to assist the client in completing the full CAEATI application
  • assistive technology to aid communication, mobility and physical access to the community
  • active participation in recreational and civic activities
  • postural support to improve functional participation.

Funding for some aids may also be available through the Medical Aids Subsidy Scheme (MASS).

Eligible prescribers

Qualified occupational therapists, physiotherapists or speech therapists registered with their relevant professional body.

How to prescribe

Prescribers conduct specialist assessments to determine the assistive technology that meets the needs of clients. Once a suitable device has been trialled and selected, prescribers work with the client to complete and submit the relevant application form. Specific eligibility, application and documentation requirements are provided in the CAEATI Guidelines (PDF, 296kB).

Application guidelines

Application forms for CAEATI community mobility, active participation and postural support

Application forms for CAEATI communication support

Current subsidy amounts

Funding is capped at $10,000 per client for a period of 3 years. The scheme allows funding towards the cost of a registered therapist to assist the client with the application process ($500 maximum per application up to a maximum of $800 every 3 years). More detail is provided in the CAEATI Guidelines (PDF, 296kB).

SOA CAEATI specific and mobility equipment:



Approved CAEATI communication aid suppliers

Advice and clinical support

Please contact the Community Aids, Equipment and Assistive Technologies Initiative.

Last updated: 23 September 2016

Information for applicants

Find out about:

  • Types of aids and equipment
  • Eligibility
  • How to apply


Commencement of NDIS

From 1 April, 2018 MASS will cease accepting CAEATI and VOSS applications from people residing in the following Local Government Areas:

Brisbane, Gold Coast and Hinterland, Logan and Redlands

Brisbane City, Gold Coast City, Logan City, Redland City

Cairns, Cassowary Coast, Tablelands, Croydon, Etheridge, Cape York and Torres Straight Regions

Aurukun, Cairns, Cassowary Coast, Cook, Croydon, Douglas, Etheridge, Hope Vale, Kowanyama, Lockhart River, Mapoon, Mareeba, Napranum, Nothern Peninsula Area, Pormpuraaw, Tablelands, Torres, Torres Straight Island, Weipa, Wujal Wujal, Yarrabah

Fraser Coast, North Burnett, South Burnett and Cherbourg

Cherbourg, Fraser Coast, North Burnett, South Burnett

Updated CAEATI and VOSS application process for child car seats and vehicle harnesses

The CAEATI and VOSS application process for the prescription of child car seats and vehicle restraints has been updated to comply with the legislative amendments implemented by the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) which now recognises Australian Standard AS/NZS 4370 Restraint of children with disabilities, or medical conditions, in motor vehicles. CAEATI and VOSS applications for modified compliant child seats, special purpose seats, or vehicle harnesses will now need to include a prescriber certificate. The prescriber certificate may be issued by a medical practitioner, occupational therapist, psychologist, physiotherapist or biomedical engineer.