Continence Aids Payment Scheme (CAPS) Payment Increase (effective 01 July 2021)

As per the Continence Aids Payment Scheme Amendment (Indexation of CAPS Payment), from 1 July 2021 the Continence Aids Payment Scheme (CAPS) payment will increase up to $635.10 per eligible person.

What you need to know

Incontinence pads government subsidy

Did you know that you may be eligible for a government subsidy with regards to your need and use of incontinence pads?

The Continence Aids Payment Scheme (CAPS) is a yearly non-taxable payment scheme offered by the Australian Government, which can provide financial relief to assist eligible people who have been diagnosed with permanent and severe incontinence. CAPS has been designed to help meet the cost of the affected person’s incontinence products.

Who is eligible for CAPS? Can I get help with incontinence pads?

In order to be eligible for CAPS funding you must:

  • be 5 years or older
  • have permanent and severe incontinence confirmed by a registered health professional
  • be an Australian permanent resident or citizen for as long as you get the payment.

For further CAPS criteria please click here.

Registered health professionals who can confirm your condition include:

  • general practitioner
  • continence nurse
  • registered nurse
  • physiotherapist
  • occupational therapist
  • Aboriginal health worker
  • medical specialist.

How do I apply for CAPS?

There are 4 steps to apply for CAPS funding. Before you start, check if you can get it:

Step 1 – Get ready to apply

Step 2 – Get your registered health professional to complete their part of the form

Step 3 – Submit your application

Step 4 - Wait for the result

What date in July is the CAPS payment made?

The increase to the semi-annual CAPS payment is on 1 July each year.

From 1 July 2021, the payment rate for CAPS will increase from $623.80 per eligible person, to up to $635.10 per eligible person for 2021-22. 

This payment does not add to your taxable income and does not prevent you from getting other payments from Australian Government Services Australia.

For further information on Payment rate, Payment options, and how to manage your payment, visit the Services Australia website.

There are many additional sources of information to help guide you, which include:

Australian Government, Services Australia: Continence Payment Scheme CAPS

Continence Foundation of Australia: Continence Aids Payment Scheme CAPS financial assistance 


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