DVA can pay for the supply and installation of vehicle modifications under section 39(1)(d) of the SRCA where:
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If the MRCC has previously subsidised the purchase of a motor vehicle for an eligible person, the person may be entitled to compensation for the purchase of a new or second-hand replacement motor vehicle.
Eligibility for a replacement vehicle
The guidelines for replacement of a MVCS funded motor vehicle are contained in the MVCS legislative instrument.
For a person to be eligible for a replacement vehicle, the following must apply:
A person may request a review of a decision that has been made for compensation under the MVCS if they are dissatisfied with the decision. The person must provide reasons about why they consider that the decision is incorrect, it is not sufficient for the client to only state that they think the decision is wrong.
Requests for review vary slightly from the review process outlined in section 13.4 of this library in that:
Delegates should request an assessment from a suitably qualified approved program provider, or a Driver Trained Specialist Occupational Therapist, in relation to the type of motor vehicle and/or modifications appropriate for the person given the nature of their impairment.
Any advice obtained should be considered when determining the amount of compensation payable under the MVCS.
An ‘approved program provider’ as defined by section 41(1) of the MRCA means:
If the MRCC is satisfied that a person has, without reasonable excuse:
If a person receives compensation under the MVCS to subsidise the purchase of a motor vehicle, the person is wholly responsible for:
- normal routine schedule maintenance;
- operation of the motor vehicle; and
- register the motor vehicle; and
- comprehensively insure the motor vehicle to its full market value.
An eligible person is entitled to compensation under the MVCS for the cost of:
- insurance, insofar as the insurance relates to any modifications; and
- repairs to any modifications that have been made as a result of compensation to modify a motor vehicle under the MVCS.