There are several factors which must be considered when determining a veteran’s eligibility for participation in the Vehicle Assistance Scheme (VAS). The first consideration is whether the veteran satisfies one of the categories of disability under subsection 105(5) of the VEA. The second is whether the veteran will derive benefit from assistance under the VAS.
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Under section 39(1) of the DRCA, DVA accepts responsibility for the reasonable cost of any repairs or maintenance to an approved modification once the modification to a vehicle owned by a client has been made.
DVA will only pay once for a modification to a particular vehicle.
In practical terms, this means that if the client changes their vehicle in future:
The Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission (MRCC) has determined that where it is not feasible for the client’s existing motor vehicle to be modified, funding may be provided for the cost difference between a suitable vehicle (acquired by the client at their own cost) with the option fitted (for example, automatic transmission) and a vehicle of the same or similar model without the option (for example, manual transmission). This may occur where the vehicle is too old, technically unsuitable, not cost effective or not safe to modify.
Where a person’s impairment has not yet stabilised or is not assessed as being permanent, car modifications are not payable under section 39(1)(d) of the DRCA. In these circumstances, consideration may be given to pay compensation of a short term nature until the barriers(s) impacting on the person’s mobility and functioning are addressed, the person’s ongoing level of impairment is known and the potential eligibility for assistance under section 39 can be determined.
A motor vehicle, provided or modified by DVA to a person, can be loaned at any time at that person's discretion, as long as the person using the vehicle adheres to his or her obligations under the MVCS as outlined in this manual.
Also, they must be suitably licensed to operate the vehicle.
The delegate should determine the amount of compensation that is payable, to an eligible person under the MVCS, according to what is reasonable.
In reaching this decision, the delegate will consider factors such as, but not limited to:
Stamp duty is a payment that must be made to state and territory governments at the time of registration of any new or used vehicle in Australia. The actual amount of stamp duty that must be paid varies between states/territories but is always calculated based on the GST inclusive cost of the vehicle.
A person will not be entitled to compensation under the MVCS if they are a resident of a care institution and are not capable of leaving that institution.
A “care institution” means:
- a residential care facility;
- a hospital;
- a hospice;
- a psychiatric institution; or
- any similar institution that provides daily care for the person, but does not include the person’s private home.
A person is not entitled to compensation under the MVCS if the person receives or has received:
Section 3.3 of the Motor Vehicle Compensation Scheme (MVCS) Legislative Instrument enables the Commission to consider provision of compensation for the purchase of an initial vehicle. Where the Commission provides compensation (a subsidy) for the purchase of a motor vehicle for a person for the first time, that vehicle is known as an “initial motor vehicle”. An initial MVCS vehicle may be new or a second-hand.