Vehicle purchase and modification (VOSS)
The Vehicle Options Subsidy Scheme (VOSS) enables people with a disability, their families and carers to participate further in their community by providing a package of funding options to meet their vehicular access needs.
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
Eligible clients may choose from a range of options that will enable and enhance their private transport. Subsidies are available towards:
- detailed assessment and prescription by a registered VOSS prescriber
- disability specific vehicle modifications by a registered VOSS vehicle modifier
- purchase of a suitable vehicle for modification to individual needs
- an already modified vehicle that matches individual needs
- specialist driving lessons in a suitable vehicle for individual needs.
Current subsidy amounts
Current subsidy options and limits are outlined in the VOSS Guidelines. Clients are required to pay the gap between full cost and the VOSS subsidy. VOSS provides a subsidy up to a set amount for a five year period.
Clients are responsible for all costs associated with:
- services or purchases that occurred prior to the application for VOSS subsidy funding
- vehicle options not prescribed by a Registered VOSS Prescriber
- gap payments for costs over and above VOSS subsidy funding limits
- motor vehicle repairs, insurance, ongoing running costs or maintenance.
Eligible prescribers include occupational therapists, physiotherapists and rehabilitation engineers registered with VOSS. Prescribers provide specialised support to people with a disability, their family and/or carers, who require access to operate or travel as a passenger in a private vehicle. Some occupational therapists have additional qualifications that allow them to complete driving assessments for people returning to driving after having an accident or exploring if they are capable of driving with their disability. These occupational therapists are identified as RVP – Driver Trained (RVP-DT).
Registered VOSS Modifiers (RVMs) are private businesses with expertise in disability-specific vehicle modifications. RVMs are registered with the Department of Transport and Main Roads either as an Approved Person (AP) or can arrange certification of modification work by an Approved Person. RVMs who undertake minor modifications that do not alter the structural integrity of the car do not need to be registered as an Approved Person.
How to prescribe
Specific eligibility, application and documentation requirements are detailed in the VOSS Guidelines (PDF, 394kB). To access the range of vehicle access options, the process is as follows:
- Applicants must request an intake and assessment process from their local Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services Centre (DCCSDS). A letter will be provided, with a BIS number, for the applicant to contact VOSS.
- VOSS will connect the applicant with a Registered VOSS Prescriber (RVP) who will complete a specialist assessment to determine the most suitable and cost effective vehicle access options for the applicant
- The applicant and RVP work with a Registered VOSS Modifier (RVM) to make any recommended modifications to the vehicle
- If the applicant wishes to operate the vehicle, they must be assessed by a qualified Driver Trained Occupational Therapist and complete a VOSS application.
- A Driver Trained Occupational Therapist may prescribe specialist driving lessons for new drivers and for people with a disability that may have previously held a licence and are seeking licence renewal to operate a suitably modified vehicle. To be eligible to access the VOSS subsidy for driving lessons, applicants must hold a current learner’s licence. The RVP will work with the applicant to source a suitably qualified driving instructor for lessons in the modified vehicle. The VOSS subsidy is paid directly to the driving instructor.
- Vehicle Options Subsidy Scheme (VOSS) Guidelines (PDF, 394kB)
- Child car and seat restraints (PDF, 571kb)
- Wheelchair tie down and occupant restraint systems (PDF, 278 kB)
- VOSS MASS 40 Driver Application (PDF, 384kB)
- VOSS MASS 40 Passenger Application (PDF, 350kB)
- Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle Checklist (PDF, 458kB)
- MASS89 Consent for Email Communication (PDF, 368kB)
- Child car seats and disability specific restraints for vehicle transport (PDF, 321kB)
- Prescriber's certificate
Advice and clinical support
Please contact the Vehicle Options Subsidy Scheme (VOSS).