Medicare Medical Equipment Rebates

Medicare Rebates

Medicare rebates payment is a yearly payment to help with energy costs to run medical equipment or medically required heating or cooling.

Who is eligible

You can get this payment if you or the person you care for:

 – needs heating, cooling or certain equipment for their medical needs
 – has a Commonwealth Concession Card, and
 – pay for running costs

NOTE: Dependent children can’t claim this payment.


You must provide a medical certificate and prove:
 – that a government scheme covers the equipment.
 – the equipment meets Department of Veterans’ Affairs Rehabilitation.

Appliances Program rules
 – you or the person you care for pays the running costs.
 – Equipment and medical conditions.

You can only get the payment if you have a:
 – Dialysis machine.
 – Ventilator.
 – Respirator.
 – Parenteral or enteral feeding device.
 – Oxygen concentrator.
 – Heart pump.
 – Suction pump.
 – Infant apnoea monitor – medically prescribed.
 – Nebuliser – used daily.
 – Positive airways pressure device.
 – Phototherapy equipment.
 – Air bed vibrator.
 – Electric wheelchair.
 – Insulin pump.

Equipment with non-rechargeable batteries is not eligible for the medicare rebates.

If the medical equipment you use is not listed above, it might be under a different name. 

Read below different names for essential medical equipment or speak to a professional about different names.

EquipmentAlternative names
Airbed vibratorAlternating pressurised air mattress
Alternating air mattress
Alternating pressure mattress
Home dialysis machineHome dialysis
Machine assisted peritoneal dialysis equipment (cycler or heater)
Kidney dialysis machine
Intermittent peritoneal dialysis machine
Haemodialysis machine
Peritoneal-dialysis machine
Home parenteral or enteral feeding deviceTotal parenteral nutrition pump
Feeding pump
Enteral feeding pump
Formerly known as kangaroo pump
Heart pumpExternal heart pump
Nebuliser – used daily 
Oxygen concentratorChild concentrator
Standard capacity (adult)
High capacity ‘New Life Intensity’ (adult)
OXCP (combination oxygen concentrator and chronic positive pressure and airways regulator)
Positive airways pressure deviceContinuous Positive Airways Pressure regulator – CPAP
Chronic positive pressure and airways regulator
Intermittent Positive Airways Pressure device – IPAP
APAP- automatic adjustment of the degree of positive pressure
Bi-Valve – combines the specifications of a positive airways pressure and of a respirator.
Home respiratorIron lung
Home ventilatorFormerly known as ‘respirator’
VPAP or BPAP only

Medical conditions

You can get the payment for medicare medical equipment rebates if you experience:

Spinal cord injury at or above the T7 level
Brain injury
Neurodegenerative disorders
Muscular Dystrophies
Full thickness burns on more than 20% of your body
Rare sweating disorders including congenital absence or mal-development of sweat glands
Chronic erythrodermas

Residence rules
If you or the person you care for holds a concession card, you meet the residence rules.

Travelling outside Australia
Report  your travel plans through your Centrelink online account to avoid disappointment.

How much you get
The most you can get is $154 each year.

How to claim
You can do this online, by post or at a CentreLink service center.

Before you start
Have your completed claim form together with all supporting documents to submit your claim.

Start your claim online
If you’ve receive a payment or a service, you can use your Customer Reference Number (CRN) to get an online account. 

Find your CRN on a letter or your Health Care Card, if you have one. Then, go to myGov to create a myGov account and use your CRN to link Centrelink.

To make a claim online for your medicare rebates on medical equipment you need a Centrelink online account linked to myGov.

Sign in to myGov to start your claim.

You may need to complete the: Essential Medical Equipment Payment – Equipment User Declaration form

You also have the right to appeal if you believe a decision is incorrect. 

Other Possible Rebates in Your Favour
You may also be entitled to an electricity rebate for running CPAP, BiPAP or VPAP machines, depending on the rules in your state. 

Electricity Rebates for Life Support Machines by State


New South Wales


Western Australia 



South Australia

The Essential medicare medical equipment rebates payment is paid annually from the Federal Government who experience additional energy costs from the use of eligible essential medical equipment. 

For more information check out the Australian Government Human Services website:

You should check with your doctor before making a purchase or making a claim just to make sure you can fulfill all the conditions.


Blog Date: June 2018 – It is advisable to check updates on websites if rebates are current.

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