The Independent Living Centre WA (ILC) administers the Disability Equipment Grant (DEG) program. The DEG program assists West Australian individuals with permanent disabilities with equipment grants and subsidies.
Who we can Help (eligibility)
Grants are provided to West Australian individuals with permanent disabilities who meet eligibility criteria. The program is income-assessed and aims to help people who would not otherwise be able to afford the equipment or services.
How and where we can help
1. DEG Equipment Grants
Grants are available for a range of assistive technology / equipment. Items considered for funding are regularly reviewed to ensure the program keeps pace with peoples’ changing needs and new developments in technology.
Assistive Technology for people with vision impairment
This grant is managed by VisAbility (formerly the Association for the Blind WA). Please contact them for more information. www.visability.com.au
Other assistive technology/equipment
Other assistive technology and equipment supported through the ILC Disability Equipment Grant includes:
- Vehicle Modifications
- Assistive Technology (AT) for people with a communication or physical impairment
- Essential Independence Equipment
For more information contact the ILC Grants Team or refer to the guidelines and application forms below. The application form is available in different formats.
Air Conditioners for people with thermoregulatory dysfunction
New Air Conditioner grant eligibility applied from December 2013. All applications must be submitted using one of the forms below. The same form is available in different formats.DEG Airconditioning Application form
Please use the Air Conditioner preferred suppliers list if you are applying directly to the ILC.ILC Air Conditioner preferred suppliers
2. DEG Subsidies
The Independent Living Centre of WA (ILC) through the Disability Equipment Grants (DEG) manages subsidy programs for Occupational Therapy Driver Assessment & Driver Training.
The subsidy is income assessed and eligibility is as follows:
- Holders of a current Centrelink Pension Concession Card (PCC) are eligible for the subsidy
- People over 65 years need to hold a current Centrelink PCC to be eligible
- All other income earners are assessed on gross annual income according to the details below
|Status||Level 1||Level 2||Level 3|
|Single||Up to $30,000||Up to $60,000||Over $60,000|
|Couple (combined) no children||Up to $44,000||Up to $85,000||Over $85,000|
|Combined family with dependent children||Up to $48,000||Up to $95,000||Over $95,000|
- Incomes within level 1 and 2 are eligible for the subsidy
- Incomes over level 2 are not eligible for the subsidy
OT Driver Assessment Subsidy
A subsidy may be available for eligible people with disabilities who require an Occupational Therapy Driver Assessment for:
- Vehicle modifications
- Fitness to drive
Driver Training Subsidy
The ILC through the Disability Equipment Grant (DEG) program provides subsidised driver training for eligible people with disabilities who require lessons in a modified vehicle and with a driving instructor experienced in rehabilitation.
First Time Drivers Under 25 Years
Half (50%) subsidy is available (up to maximum of 50 lessons).
First Time Drivers Over 25 Years
Half (50%) subsidy is available (up to maximum of 25 lessons).
Acquired Disability (Previous licensed driving experience)
Full (100%) subsidy for first 5 lessons. Half (50%) subsidy for additional lessons if required (up to 20 lessons).
For further information or enquiries, contact a member of the grants team