CAPS Funding Scheme
CAPS Funding Scheme
The Continence Aids Payment Scheme (CAPS) is an Australian Government Scheme to financially assist eligible people who have permanent and severe incontinence to meet some of the costs of incontinence management products.
CAPS gives you greater choice and flexibility in how you purchase your products from a supplier of your choice.
Who is eligible for CAPS Funding?
An Australian permanent resident or citizen:
- 5 years or older
- have permanent and severe bladder or bowel incontinence confirmed by a registered health professional
- be an Australian permanent resident or citizen for as long as you get the payment
- have any eligible neurological conditions or eligible other conditions
If you have a non-neurological condition, you must also have a Pensioner Concession Card from the Australian Government or the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
Who is a registered health professional?
The health professionals who can confirm help your condition for CAPS include:
- general practitioners
- continence nurses
- registered nurses
- occupational therapists
- Aboriginal health workers
- medical specialists
How much is the CAPS funding payment?
The CAPS payment rate for 2020–21 is $623.80 per person. You can choose one full payment in July, or two half payments in July and January each year.
The Rehabilitation Appliances Program (RAP) is an Australian Government program administered by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA), which provides eligible DVA clients with aids and appliances to be as independent and self-reliant as possible at home and in the community.
Who is eligible to receive DVA funding?
You are eligible if you are:
- a Gold Card holder; or
- a White Card holder (only for conditions accepted by DVA as related to service), including Commonwealth and other allied veterans who hold a White Card; and
- assessed by a general practitioner (GP) or medical specialist as requiring an aid or appliance to meet a clinical health care need.
There are also a number of state based schemes aimed at providing eligible residents including those with permanent moderate to severe incontinence where their needs are greater than what is covered by CAPS funding such as Enable NSW.