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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 NDIS-Queensland Rollout 2016-2019 by Date or 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 2016-2019 by Date 

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:

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.

Information for applicants

Find out about:


Commencement of NDIS Northern Regions

Queensland Health will cease accepting CAEATI and VOSS applications from people living in the Local Government Areas of Boulia, Burdekin, Carpentaria, Charters Towers, Cloncurry, Doomadgee, Flinders, Hinchinbrook, McKinlay, Mornington, Mount Isa, Palm Island, Richmond and Townsville from 1 July 2016.

From 1 August 2016, Queensland Health will cease accepting CAEATI and VOSS applications from people residing in the Local Government Areas of Isaac, Mackay and Whitsunday.

Power Assist Matrix

In the interest of client safety, MASS has obtained endorsement statements from wheelchair manufacturers stipulating which power assist devices they endorse for use on their wheelchairs. The provided endorsement information has been summarised in the Power Assist Matrix. Please refer to Supporting Information – Power Assist Matrix for further information, including implications for warranty arrangements, and MASS/CAEATI applications.

Last Updated: 23 September 2016
Last Reviewed: 25 July 2016