Continence Aids Payment Scheme

A yearly payment to cover some of the cost of products that help you manage incontinence.

Eligibility basics

  • have permanent and severe incontinence
  • be 5 years or older

Eligibility & payment rates

Who can get it

To get a payment under the Continence Aids Payment Scheme you must meet certain criteria.

Read more about who can get a continence aids payment

What residence rules apply

To be eligible for the Continence Aids Payment Scheme you must be an Australian permanent resident or citizen.

Read more about residence rules

When we pay you

Your first continence aids payment cover starts from the day we get your application until the end of that financial year.

Read more about when we pay you

Why your payment doesn't count as income

The continence aids payment you get from us doesn't count as income.

Read more about tax and income exemption


Check if you're eligible before you apply.


  • get an application form
  • fill in the form with a health professional
  • get certified copies of any documents the form asks for
  • submit your application and documents
  • we’ll assess your application and let you know the result


Managing your payment

When your circumstances change

We need to know about changes that may affect your continence aids payment.

Read more about change of circumstances

What a continence management plan is

Your health professional will work with you to make a plan for daily life helping you manage your incontinence.

Read more about a continence management plan

Where to buy continence products

We don’t supply or sell continence aids products.

Read more about buying continence aids products

Who can act on your behalf for CAPS

You can nominate another person to act on your behalf for the Continence Aids Payment Scheme.

Read more about someone to act on your behalf for CAPS


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Page last updated: 25 January 2018