Stairlifts Grants & VAT options
Stairlifts Grants for Australia
Few people know that you can get grants to help you with (and often cover) the cost of a stairlift. We understand that applying for a mobility grant can be stressful, which is why we’ve laid out some information about each grant to help you work out your options.
One thing you should bear in mind is that most grants need to be approved before you start work.
If you want more information about the grants that may be available to you, you should contact your local authority as they often provide grant assistance, but we’ve laid out some basic information below. It might be exactly what you’re looking for.
For general advice about stairlift costs, view our guide to stairlift prices.
Mobility aids: Stairlifts are GST free
In Australia some basic food items, education courses and a few medical, health and care products and services are exempt from GST (Goods and Services Tax). This is also the case for stairlifts, which fall into the following category: Mobility of people with disabilities – physical: transfer aids
MyAgedCare is an informative governmental website and contact centre where you can find a step-by-step guide on how to receive aged care services. If you’re over 65 (or of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander origin and 50 years old) and find it difficult to perform daily activities without assistance, you’re eligible; a face-to-face assessment is also required before you’re found eligible for governmental help. However, do keep in mind that even if you’re found eligible you’re always expected to contribute to the cost of your care if your financial situation allows you to.
We’ve gathered more information on MyAgedCare on this page.
What do I do if MyAgedCare doesn’t cover my stair lift prices?
If MyAgedCare does not cover at least some of the cost of your stairlift prices, or you do not qualify for any number of reasons, there are a variety of options you can employ to ensure you are provided with safe and secure mobility from a Stannah Stairlift. With a little research and persistence, you’ll be able to acquire the proper financing.
Disability aids: NDIS Grants
>The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is governmental support for Australians with disability, their families and caregivers. Anyone who meets the following requirements may apply for the NDIS:
- Must be under the age of 65
- Must have a permanent disability that affects their life significantly
- Must be an Australian citizen and live in the country
People that have received NDIS support before they turned 65 may choose to continue with the scheme as they grow older. However, it’s not possible to apply for this scheme if you’re already 65 or older.
If you meet the requirements listed above, you may qualify for financial assistance to help with your stairlift purchase . Access the NDIS site for more information.
Grants for Veterans
The Department of Veteran’s Affairs is a great resource for veterans to find help paying for their prices for stairlifts. This document outlines terms for providing support for home modifications for veterans.
If none of the schemes above apply to you , here are a few more resources that can help you get started:
icare – If you live in NSW and have been severely injured either on the road or in the workplace you may have access to services supplied by the NSW government. Visit the icare website for more info.
Private insurance – It may require some perseverance, but some private health insurance carriers will cover some of the cost of a stairlift. It will take some negotiation as your first claim may be denied. However, be sure to emphasize the importance of a stairlift and its ability to help you age comfortably and safely in your own home. You might look through the wording of your policy for mobility – a key term here.
Grants – Charitable funding may be available from local non-profit organizations. Your first step should be to contact Independent Living Centres Australia. You will be able to speak with experts about your situation and locate sources of funding and grants for your stairlift.
Buying used – Just like a house or car, buying a used stairlift is a great option to save money. Be sure to purchase from a reputable distributor. Try your best to avoid independent sellers as they do not provide the same comprehensive inspection and repair process, nor do they typically offer a warranty.
For more information on other avenues to try, browse this resource from Carer Gateway.
Payment plans and bank loans – Lack of mobility can be frustrating and help is usually required immediately. With payment plans and bank loans, you are able to receive the comfort and convenience of a stairlift now and pay it off over an extended period of time.
Rental / Rent-to-Own – If purchasing a stairlift is not the most cost-effective method for your budget, renting a stairlift may be your next best option. If you’re satisfied with the product after renting, you may have the option to then purchase the equipment.
As we age, stairs can unfortunately become an intimidating and hazardous portion of our homes. A Stannah Stairlift can bring back the convenience and safety that accompanies independent mobility. You can find more help and advice about Stannah Stairlifts on the following page.