Rationalising the need for Equipment
In any arrangement where funding is required, it is necessary to show that the equipment is needed, and that it will be put to good use for the benefit of an individual. In order to demonstrate this, the equipment needs to fulfill four criteria:
(1) That the equipment will help make life better
Explaining how the equipment or tool required for purchase will help maintain or make life better and contribute to meeting an individual's goals/targets or aspirations. These goals and aspirations may be identified in a personalised plan.
(2) That the equipment is a disability support
A disability support is an additional cost beyond what is considered to be usual from an individual's income.
(3) That the equipment is reasonable and cost effective
The equipment needs to be clearly linked to the individual's disability. The cost is within market rates. Cost effectiveness relates to monetary value in relation to life benefits and outcomes (both short and long term).
(4) That the equipment is not subject to an exclusion
Individualised funding is not to be used for equipment that is funded by the government.
Below are some equipment rationales that could be useful for applications and reports for funding purposes.