188.8.131.52 Types of Claimants - People with Medical Needs & Carers (EMEP)
An EMEP claimant can be either:
- the person who requires the medical equipment, or the additional heating and/or cooling, or
- the carer of the person who requires the medical equipment, or the additional heating and/or cooling.
Definition of a 'carer' for EMEP purposes
For the purposes of EMEP, a carer is a person who provides care and attention on a regular and ongoing basis for a person with medical needs. A parent, or other person responsible for a dependent child would be classified as a carer, including a foster carer of such a child. The carer of a non-dependent adult may also qualify for EMEP.
Co-resident requirement for equipment user & carer
If a carer wishes to claim EMEP, they must live in the same residence as the equipment user, i.e. the residence in which the costs of using the equipment are being incurred. If the carer does not live in the same residence as the equipment user, then only the equipment user can claim EMEP.
A dependent child cannot claim EMEP. The carer of a dependent child can claim EMEP where a dependent child is the person with medical needs.
Act reference: SSAct section 917B Qualification for essential medical equipment payment, section 917C(2) Caring for a person who has medical needs