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10.12.2 Who is not eligible for MVCS?

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:

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

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.

10.12.6 Where an existing vehicle is not suitable for modification

If an eligible client’s current vehicle is not capable of having necessary driving devices fitted, or modifications made to it, then DVA can only provide compensation for the cost of the OT recommended modification or driving device. Compensation coverage does not extend to the cost of the vehicle itself. A client may purchase a suitable vehicle at their own cost and be compensated under MVCS for the costs of the approved driving devices or modifications.