ACT Equipment Scheme (ACTES)

The ACT Equipment Scheme provides equipment support to eligible clients of the ACT.

The role of ACTES is to assist eligible residents of the ACT who have a long term disability to live and participate in the community by the provision of appropriately prescribed aids, equipment and continence products.

Applications to ACTES must be from an authorised prescriber (primary therapist*).


In order to access the scheme, the following eligibility criteria must be met:

  • Be a permanent Australian resident with a minimum of 6 months residency;
  • Be a permanent ACT resident (minimum of 6 months residency);
  • Require assistance for a permanent disability or for a disability that has lasted for at least two years duration (as determined by the referring medical practitioner);
  • Be ineligible to receive equivalent assistance from other government funded schemes or private health funds;
  • If a compensable client, agree to reimburse the ACT Government - Health Directorate in full upon settlement of the associated claim;
  • Not be living in a high care residential facility (i.e. nursing home)
  • If currently receiving a Department of Health and Ageing (DOHA) EACH or EACH (D) package, only equipment which is not included in the DOHA community package care guidelines will be considered for supply;
  • Be under 16 years of age
  • If 16 years old and over - be in receipt of a full Centrelink Pension or hold a current Centrelink Health Care Card (as outlined in the policy).

Equipment available from ACTES

  • Pressure care cushions;
  • Bathing items;
  • Toileting items;
  • Manual and powered wheelchairs;
  • Walking aids;
  • Bariatric equipment;
  • Wigs;
  • Communication devices;
  • Continence aids.

Please note - strict criteria apply to allocation of all items

Payment / Client Contributions:

All approved equipment will be funded by ACTES; there is no cost to the client.

The primary therapist is the health professional who is currently seeing you regarding the issue to which the ACTES application pertains. They may be an Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist, Prosthetist/Orthotist, Podiatrist or Continence Nurse - depending on equipment required.

Contact us

For further information, please contact the ACTES office on (02) 6205 2599 between 8.30am - 4.45pm.