1. What is it?
What is TasEquip?
TasEquip is the Department’s state-wide equipment scheme that has warehouses in all regions. Providing a range of assistive technology to eligible Tasmanians to improve their ability to safely engage in basic, everyday tasks, transition home from acute care, or access mandated education settings.
TasEquip provides a defined range of assistive technology to eligible Tasmanians to improve their capacity to safely engage in basic, everyday tasks, transition home from acute care, or access mandated education settings. TasEquip provides equipment options for eligible clients who require equipment to support basic, everyday tasks which cannot be met by a non-assistive equipment solution and do not have access to alternative funding sources to support them in their immediate home environment or at school (Equipment Library).
Who can access TasEquip?
We provide equipment to:
- permanent Tasmanian residents
- who have proven financial need for assistance to access the range of equipment we offer.
To be eligible, clients need to meet the following criteria:
- A Centrelink benefit recipient – Health Care, Pensioner Concession, and
- Living in the community, and
- Ineligible for Home Care Package level 3 or 4, Workers Compensation, MAIB, DVA* or NDIS**.
Those who do not meet the above eligibility criteria may, in certain restricted circumstances still be able to access equipment through TasEquip. If they are unable to source the equipment privately and if either of the following applies:
- Equipment is required for discharge from a public hospital or public bed in a private hospital
- They are a client of the Specialist Palliative Care Service or have a prognosis of fewer than 6 months.
If you are not eligible for TasEquip, you should always consider the option to privately hire or purchase.
* DVA Health Cardholders
Should contact DVA to check their potential eligibility.
- Contact the NDIS for all repair, replacement, and modification to any disability-related equipment, even if that equipment was originally sourced from TasEquip.
- If you are under the age of 65 and have a disability it is essential that you contact the NDIS to determine your eligibility.
- You can contact the National Disability Insurance Agency, (NDIA) on 1800 800 110 or firstname.lastname@example.org. They can provide advice about eligibility for the NDIS, how to access the scheme, or answer any questions about an NDIS plan.
How do you access TasEquip?
How to access equipment
Access to TasEquip resources is only through prescription by an authorised prescriber. Clinical priorities apply, and there is a funding cap for new equipment purchases.
Authorised Prescribers are health professionals who have undertaken the required TasEquip training, and who prescribe within their professional scope.
Clinical decision-making when prescribing equipment is the responsibility of the prescriber.
To become an Authorised Prescriber please contact TasEquip for access to the required training and paperwork.
Clients are required to pay the following fees, as of 1 July 2017:
- Loan fee – $50 for one or more items for any period up to a year.
- Repair fee – a one-off of $50 / year towards any new replacement part.
- Replacement cost of wheelchair batteries, tires, and tubes when they need replacing.
3. Referral and Access by Region
TasEquip Equipment Library
90 Davey Street, Hobart
Ph: 03) 6166 2707
Business Hours: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays)