Mid cost assistive technology: between $1,500 and $5,000 per item

Mid cost items may be more difficult to choose and set up on your own to get the best outcome.

The Capital budget in your plan shows your mid cost assistive technology funding. This will be a broad category. For example, your plan might say “Assistive Products and Accessories for Personal Care, Hygiene, Beds”.

Examples include:

  • a standing hoist
  • a customised shower chair
  • ankle-foot orthotics
  • pressure care mattresses.


For mid cost assistive technology, we’re required to decide if we’ll include this in your plan in 10 days.


What evidence do we need for mid cost assistive technology?

You need to get a letter or assessment about the assistive technology you need. This could be from your doctor (GP), an assistive technology assessor, or an assistive technology advisor.

Assistive Technology advisors include:

  • assistive technology mentors
  • allied health practitioners
  • continence nurses
  • rehabilitation engineers
  • or other qualified practitioners.


Assistive Technology assessors are specialist assistive technology advisors. They have qualifications and skills to assess and recommend assistive technology supports. They can recommend the right high risk or complex solution.

We don’t need this evidence before we approve mid cost assistive technology in your plan. But you should get advice about the items before you buy them. Learn more about getting advice about your assistive technology.

You don’t need to give us a quote, but it can be helpful if you have one.


Sally needs a shower chair as she’s finding it more difficult to shower by herself.

Her occupational therapist has not done an assessment yet. But they believe Sally will need a shower chair in the next few months. It will cost between $1,500 and $5,000.

The occupational therapist writes a letter to say why Sally needs the shower chair. Sally takes it to her planning meeting.

Sally’s planner decides the chair is reasonable and necessary. Her planner includes funding for the chair in her next plan.