You need to meet eligibility requirements to get a Continence Aids Payment, and how much you'll get.
To get paid under the Continence Aids Payment Scheme (CAPS) you must:
- be 5 years or older, and
- have permanent and severe bladder or bowel incontinence
You must also have either:
- an eligible neurological condition, listed on the bladder and bowel website, or
- an other eligible condition listed on the bladder and bowl website, and a Pensioner Concession Card from us or the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA)
Who can’t get it
You can’t get CAPS if:
- you have temporary, not permanent and severe incontinence
- your incontinence is treatable or is night time bed wetting only
- you’re living in an Australian Government funded aged care home, and you have been assessed with a high Aged Care Funding Instrument rating in any category, or a medium in 2 categories
- you have a DVA Gold Card or White Card, and can get help through the DVA Rehabilitation Appliances Program
- you're an Australian Government funded home care recipient and your plan includes continence support
- you have a funding package from the National Disability Insurance Scheme that includes continence aids
- you’re in prison, or
- you’ve been living overseas for 3 or more years in a row
In this section
What residence rules apply
To be eligible for the Continence Aids Payment Scheme you must be an Australian permanent resident or citizen.
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.
Why your payment doesn't count as income
The continence aids payment you get from us doesn't count as income.