AT can be purchased on the open market in Australia, but there are also a range of government and non-government funding schemes that assist people to access assistive technologies. Schemes typically have guidelines outlining eligibility requirements ie region, age, disability type, and how to access the scheme, the supports provided and any funding limitations. Some schemes fund very specific supports and may not fund mainstream (universally designed) products despite the possible benefits for the AT user. It is always advisable to check your local options and raise any questions or concerns directly with the funding scheme.
The AT Funding Map has been developed to identify the different funding schemes here in in Australia.
The funding map was collated in February 2020 and is subject to change due to the significant disability, health and aged care sector reforms occurring Australia. If you are aware of any changes or schemes that should be added please notify ARATA at firstname.lastname@example.org