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10.10.4 DVA's responsibility following modifications

Under section 39(1) of the SRCA, 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:

10.10.3 Where an existing vehicle is not suitable for modification

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.

10.10.2 Short term assistance with transport while conditions stabilise

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 SRCA. 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.

10.12.7 Subsidising the purchase of an initial new or second-hand motor vehicle

Where the Commission subsidises the purchase of a motor vehicle for a person for the first time, that vehicle is known as an “initial motor vehicle”. The initial vehicle may be a new vehicle, or a second-hand vehicle.

Eligibility for an initial vehicle

The MVCS legislative instrument specifies that an eligible person seeking compensation for an initial vehicle under the MVCS must: