Funding Resources for SWAN Families

Funding and Grants Resources 

Australian Disability Parking Scheme
Information on disability parking and links to permits in each state. 

Carer Adjustment Payment
A one off payment to assist families following a catastrophic event where a child younger than 7 is diagnosed with a severe disability or severe medical condition.

Carer Allowance
For people who give daily care to someone with a disability or medical condition.

Carer Gateway support packages and planned respite
Tailored support packages provide you with support specific to your needs as a carer.

Carer Payment
A payment if you give constant care to someone who has a disability.

Carer Supplement
Paid annually if you care for a person with a disability or medical condition.

Companion Card
The National Companion Card brings together state programs that enable a person with disability to have someone accompany them for free.

Disability Support Pension
Financial help if you have a permanent condition that stops you from working. Available for SWAN children 16 and older.

Dylan Alcott Foundation
Support for people under 25 with disability to achieve a personal, professional, vocational
or sporting goal.

Keune Foundation
The KEUNE Foundation provides financial assistance to Australian Families who experience financial & emotional stress when one of their children is diagnosed with a life threatening illness.

Medicare Chronic Disease Allied Health Services
Some of our SWAN families have relied on Medicare Care plans when waiting for an NDIS plan to kick in or if they have run out of funding.

Medicare Chronic Disease Management (formerly Enhanced Primary Care)
Some of our SWAN families have relied on Medicare Care plans when waiting for an NDIS plan to kick in or if they have run out of funding.

Medicare Mental Health Care Plan
A mental health treatment plan lets you claim up to 20 sessions with a mental health professional each calendar year.

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
The NDIS provides funding to people with disability for an improved quality of life. 

Other government payments for carers
A summary of government payments that carers can receive.

Qantas Carer Concession Card 
The Qantas Carer Concession Card service provides discount travel on domestic Qantas flights for eligible people and their carers.

Sport Access Foundation Grants Program
Sport Access Foundation provides annual grants for children and young people with a disability for sports participation.

Starlight Foundation
Starlight Wishes give sick kids something fun to look forward to and create new memories to treasure forever.

Steve Waugh Foundation
The Steve Waugh Foundation supports children and young adults aged 0-25 years who have a rare disease with a prevalence of at least 2:100,000.

Ex-carer Allowance
A concession card to get cheaper health care and discounts if you’re a student and had a Carer Allowance Health Care Card when you turned 16.

Young Carer Bursary Program
The Young Carer Bursary Program supports young carers to continue with their education.

Youth Allowance
Financial help if you’re 24 or younger and a student or Australian Apprentice.

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

ACT Companion Card
The Companion Card Program enables people with disability to have a companion accompany them for free at certain facilities and venues.

ACT Disability Parking Permit

ACT Equipment Loan Scheme
Lends equipment to children, young people and their families to maximise their independence in daily living.

ACT Taxi Subsidy Scheme
Provides financial assistance to ACT residents with a disability or significant mobility restriction preventing them from using public and community transport.

Variety ACT and NSW
Variety offers a range of individual grants, listed on their website.

NEW SOUTH WALES

Enable NSW
Provides assistive technology and related services to people in NSW with specific, short term or ongoing health needs to assist them to live safely at home.

NSW Companion Card
The Companion Card Program enables people with disability to have a companion accompany them for free at certain facilities and venues.

NSW Disability Parking Permit

NSW Taxi Subsidy Scheme
The Taxi Transport Subsidy Scheme (TTSS) supports NSW residents who are unable to use public transport because of a severe and permanent disability.

The Disability Trust Kids Fund
Kids Fund is an Illawarra-based charity managed by The Disability Trust that purchases essential aids and equipment for children with special needs and significant disabilities.

Variety ACT and NSW
Variety offers a range of individual grants, listed on their website.

NORTHERN TERRITORY

NT Companion Card
The Companion Card Program enables people with disability to have a companion accompany them for free at certain facilities and venues.

NT Disability Parking Permit

NT Transport Subsidy Scheme
If you have a permanent disability or mobility restriction that prevents you from using public transport, you may be eligible for the transport subsidy scheme (TSS) or lift incentive scheme (LIS).

Variety NT
Variety offers a range of individual grants, listed on their website.

QUEENSLAND  

QLD Companion Card
The Companion Card Program enables people with disability to have a companion accompany them for free at certain facilities and venues.

QLD Disability Parking Permit

QLD Taxi Subsidy and Lift Payment
Information and eligibility for both the taxi subsidy and lift payment schemes in QLD.

Variety QLD
Variety offers a range of individual grants, listed on their website.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA 

SA Companion Card
The Companion Card Program enables people with disability to have a companion accompany them for free at certain facilities and venues.

SA Disability Parking Permit

SA Taxi Fare Subsidy Scheme
People with permanent disabilities that limit their ability to use public transport may apply for subsidised taxi fares.

Variety SA
Variety offers a range of individual grants, listed on their website.

TASMANIA 

TAS Companion Card
The Companion Card Program enables people with disability to have a companion accompany them for free at certain facilities and venues.

TAS Disability Parking Permit

TAS Taxi Subsidy Program
Taxi Subsidy Program members qualify for subsidised taxi travel through the use of a Taxi Smartcard.

Variety TAS
Variety offers a range of individual grants, listed on their website.

VICTORIA 
Variety VIC
Variety offers a range of individual grants, listed on their website.

VIC Companion Card
The Companion Card Program enables people with disability to have a companion accompany them for free at certain facilities and venues.

VIC Disability Parking Permit

VIC Multi Purpose Taxi Program
The MPTP assists with the travel needs of people with accessibility and mobility needs by offering subsidised commercial passenger vehicle fares to members.

We Care Carers Card
Discounts for carers – a collaboration between the government, businesses and the community.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Community Aids Equipment Program WA
Provision of equipment and home modifications to people with long-term disability.

Variety WA
Variety offers a range of individual grants, listed on their website.

WA Charity Direct
Assistance may be provided to any person or family in need, who does not have the financial capacity to help themselves.

WA Companion Card
The Companion Card Program enables people with disability to have a companion accompany them for free at certain facilities and venues.

WA Disability Parking Permit

WA Taxi User Subsidy Scheme
The Taxi User Subsidy Scheme (TUSS) is available to people with disability travelling in on-demand rank or taxi vehicles. Participants can receive up to 75% off eligible taxi fares.

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