The Guides to Social Policy Law is a collection of publications designed to assist decision makers administering social policy law. The information contained in this publication is intended only as a guide to relevant legislation/policy. The information is accurate as at the date listed at the bottom of the page, but may be subject to change. To discuss individual circumstances please contact Services Australia. Essential medical equipment (EMEP)


Use of the following equipment attracts an EMEP:

  • home dialysis machine
  • home ventilator
  • home respirator
  • home parenteral or enteral feeding device
  • oxygen concentrator
  • heart pump
  • suction pump
  • infant apnoea monitor - prescribed by a medical practitioner following apnoeic events
  • nebuliser - used daily
  • positive airways pressure device
  • phototherapy equipment
  • airbed vibrator
  • electric wheelchair
  • insulin pump.

Equipment items not listed do not attract an EMEP.

Act reference: SSAct section 917B(1)(a)(i) Qualification for the essential medical equipment payment, section 917C(1)(a) Person who has medical needs, section 917C(2)(a) Caring for a person who has medical needs, section 917C(3)(a) Legislative instrument

Social Security (Essential Medical Equipment Payment - Essential Medical Equipment) Specification 2022

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