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8.7 Travel and Other Expenses for Carers
Sections 290(2) and 291(2) of MRCA provide compensation for journey and accommodation costs reasonably incurred by an attendant who is approved by a delegate to accompany a client to obtain compensable treatment. Approval must be given in advance of the travel being undertaken.
Attendant’s costs for travel to accompany a client to attend vocational rehabilitation or a medical review are not normally payable. However, where a medical practitioner has certified that the attendant is required to accompany a client or attend separately when it is clinically recommended that they participate in a Commission approved treatment program, such as a PTSD course, and that attendance is identified as being of benefit to the client, reasonably incurred travel and accommodation costs may be approved by a delegate using the existing legislative provisions as endorsed by the Commission.
Travel, accommodation and associated ancillary costs of carers can also be met where a client has severe disabilities and needs an attendant carer to accompany them to approved activities under a psychosocial rehabilitation plan. Delegates must refer to the policy guidelines in section 6.7 of this Guide to guide decision making.