Help for people who need essential medical equipment

24 October 2018

A yearly payment to help with energy costs to run medical equipment or medically required heating or cooling.

Essential Medical Equipment Payment helps eligible people with these costs.

If you’re eligible, you can claim $157 per year for each piece of qualifying essential medical equipment or medically required heating or cooling.

You don’t have to pay tax on this.   

If you’re eligible, you’ll continue to get it every year while you stay eligible. 

You can get this if you or the person you care for either:

  • needs heating, cooling or certain equipment for their medical needs  
  • has a Commonwealth concession Card  
  • pay for running costs. 

You can claim this payment online using your Centrelink Online Account through myGov. There may be additional forms you’ll need to complete.

Don’t forget, it’s important to tell us if your circumstances change. This is so we can give you the right payment.

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Page last updated: 24 October 2018