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.
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 https://www.ndis.gov.au/about-us/our-sites/qld.html
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: https://www.ndis.gov.au/participants.html
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).
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).
- CAEATI Guidelines (PDF, 296kB)
- CAEATI StandardsCompliance Process (PDF, 196kB)
- Child car seats and restraints (PDF,571kB)
- Supporting Information Power Assist (PDF, 104kB)
- Power Assist Matrix
Application forms for CAEATI community mobility, active participation and postural support
- MASS 20 - Daily Living Aids and Mobility including CAEATI (PDF, 745KB)
- MASS 71 - CAEATI Acquittal Form (PDF, 136KB)
- MASS 28 - Standing Wheelchair Checklist (PDF, 364KB)
- Child car seats and disability specific restraints for vehicle transport checklist (PDF, 321KB)
- Prescriber's certificate
Application forms for CAEATI communication support
- MASS 21 - Communication Aids Application Form (PDF, 745KB) (must be accompanied by an appendix for communication aid - below)
- MASS 21Appendix - CAEATI Communication Support Appendix (PDF, 466KB)
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
- Main Medical
- Technical Solutions Australia Pty Ltd
- Communicate AT
- Cerebral Palsy League
- Link At
Advice and clinical support
Please contact the Community Aids, Equipment and Assistive Technologies Initiative.