Once you have vehicle modifications or other supports included in your plan, you can start putting them in place.
Talk to your planner, local area coordinator, early childhood partner or support coordinator about the next steps.
You should also check out Our Guideline – Assistive technology, What do you need to do before you buy your assistive technology?
Your funding will be in different parts of your plan, depending on the type of support.
If you have any questions, please contact us . If your needs change, remember you can talk to us at any time or request a change to your plan.
Learn more about changing your plan.
Funding to explore vehicle modification supports
If you have funding to explore what vehicle modification supports you need, you’ll find this in your capacity building supports budget.
The funding means you can get help from a suitably qualified assessor to:
- help you trial the equipment you need to make sure it’s the best fit for your needs
- recommend equipment that will meet your needs
- give us evidence or an assessment and quotes if you need high cost vehicle modifications.
If a low cost assistive technology solution will help with your vehicle access needs, your assessor or advisor can help you:
- choose and buy the right equipment once the funding has been approved
- set up the equipment
- learn how to use the equipment.
Funding for low cost assistive technology
If you have approved funding to buy basic or standard pieces of equipment this will be in the core – consumables section of your plan.
If your vehicle is older than 5 years and no longer under warranty, you can also use this funding for one inspection for a vehicle condition report.
This will confirm your vehicle is safe and reliable for daily use, and suitable to modify.
Although you’ll be able to buy some low cost equipment without an assessment from your occupational therapist, you need to get their advice for your safety.
However there are some types of low cost equipment that legally require a driver trained occupational therapy assessment.
For example, manual spinner knobs are low cost, but you need a driver trained occupational therapist assessment to make sure they are safe and appropriate for you.
You should upload the written advice you get to your myplace portal.
But you don’t need further approvals from us to get low cost assistive technology based on your occupational therapist’s advice if you have funds in your budget.
You can check out our Factsheet - Understand assistive technology evidence, advice, assessments and quotes .
Funding for mid and high cost vehicle modifications
If you have funding for mid and high cost vehicle modifications, this will be in your capital supports budget.
You’ll also likely receive funding for repair and maintenance of your vehicle modifications.
Funding for minor repairs would be in the core – consumables section of your plan.
Instructions and guidance for you and your carers to use your new modifications is usually provided by the licensed vehicle modifier.
If you need more detailed training from an occupational therapist, funding will be included in your capacity building supports budget.
Funding for getting your licence or learning to drive
If you have funding to help you find out about learning to drive, this will be included your capacity building supports budget.
It can include a driver trained occupational therapist assessment, a driving instructor for the on-road part of the assessment, and help to try out a modified or non-modified vehicle and learn how to drive it.
Funding for extra insurance costs
If you have funding to help with extra insurance costs, this will be in the core – consumables section of your plan.