Disability Support Pension (Blind)
The Disability Support Pension (Blind) is a payment issued by Centrelink to men and women aged 16 to AGE PENSION age who are legally blind. This pension may be free of income and asset testing and is not taxable. When reaching AGE PENSION age, Australians can choose to remain on the Disability Support Pension (Blind) or transfer to Age Pension (Blind). More information is available at: servicesaustralia.gov.au/disability-support-pension
Age Pension (Blind)
The Age Pension (Blind) is a payment issued by Centrelink to people of pensionable age who are legally blind. This pension may be free of income and asset testing but for some people may be taxable. More information can be found at: servicesaustralia.gov.au/age-pension
Carer Payment and Carer Allowance
Carer Payment and Carer Allowance payments are made by Centrelink to people who provide a high level of personal care and supervision. These payments may be made to carers of both adults and children.
See more at: humanservices.gov.au/customer/subjects/payments-carers
Adaptive Equipment Assistance
The Australian Government’s Disability Gateway Scheme has initiatives focused on providing equipment-related assistance to support mobility. This can be in the form of financial support, services and products. Examples include wheelchairs vehicle adjustments to enable driving and hoists to lift you. You can find out more at: disabilitygateway.gov.au/aids-equipment/general-equipment
In addition, the NDIS supports equipment or devices that help you do things you can’t do because of your disability, of those that may also help you do something more easily or safely. You can more about NDIS Assistive Technology here: ndis.gov.au/participants/assistive-technology-explained
Pensioner Education Supplement
This fortnightly Centrelink supplement helps students, who are already receiving a Centrelink payment, with additional ongoing study costs. To be eligible, a person must be enrolled in an approved secondary or tertiary course and undertaking at least 25% of the course’s normal full-time study load. A lump sum Education Entry payment is also provided upon commencement of an approved course. You can find out more at: servicesaustralia.gov.au/pensioner-education-supplement
Disability Employment Services help people with disability find employment. Through Disability Employment Services, people who are blind or have low vision may be able to receive assistance to develop job applications and prepare for interviews.
These service providers are a mix of large, medium and small, for-profit and not-for-profit organisations that are experienced in supporting people with disability as well as aiding employers to put in place practices that support the employee in the workplace. See more at: jobaccess.gov.au