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 intended only as a guide to social security payments. 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. EMEP - historical rates


EMEP is available to eligible Australians to cover the additional costs of essential medical equipment ( or medically required heating or cooling (

EMEP rate

The EMEP rate is indexed annually, on 1 July each year, in line with CPI.

EMEP rates from 2012-13 to present date are:

Date EMEP Rate ($)
2012-13 140
2013-14 143
2014-15 147
2015-16 149
2016-17 152
2017-18 154
2018-19 157
2019-20 160
2020-21 163
2021-22 164
2022-23 170

Timing of payments

Payment is made as an annual lump sum on the EMEP test day (

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