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10.12.6 Where an existing vehicle is not suitable for modification

In line with assistance available to SRCA clients, 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 (for example, automatic transmission) fitted and a vehicle of a 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.

10.12.3 Assessing eligibility for MVCS

A person will only be entitled to compensation under the MVCS if an approved program provider or a Driver Trained Specialist Occupational Therapist has made a written recommendation that they are satisfied on reasonable grounds that the person would derive benefit directly from driving or being driven in a motor vehicle. The approved program provider or Driver Trained Specialist Occupational Therapist may take into account the benefits to the person’s physical and mental health and the person’s level of mobility without access to an appropriately modified motor vehicle.

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:

10.12.8 Replacing a motor vehicle

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:

10.12.13 Review of MVCS decisions

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:

10.12.4 Getting advice from an approved program provider

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: