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Specifications as made
This instrument specifies the medical conditions for the purposes of paragraph 917C(1)(b) of the Social Security Act 1991. The effect of the Specification is to potentially allow a claimant to qualify for an annual essential medical equipment payment if they or a person for whom they care has a specified medical condition, and as a result, the person is unable to regulate his or her body temperature, additional heating or cooling is required in a residence that is the person’s home to manage the person’s condition, and the person uses additional heating or cooling in that residence.
Administered by: Social Services
Registered 28 Mar 2012
Tabling HistoryDate
Tabled HR08-May-2012
Tabled Senate10-May-2012

I, JENNY MACKLIN, Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Minister for Disability Reform, acting under paragraph 917C(3)(b) of the Social Security Act 1991 make this Specification.

Dated                         21st March                             2012

J Macklin

Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Minister for Disability Reform


1              Name of Specification

                This Specification is the Social Security (Essential Medical Equipment Payment – Medical Conditions) Specification 2012.

2              Commencement

                This Specification commences on 18 June 2012.

3              Definition

                In this Specification:

                Act means the Social Security Act 1991.

4              Medical conditions

                Each medical condition specified in Schedule 1 is a specified medical condition for the purposes of paragraph 917C(1)(b) of the Act.


 Schedule 1  Medical conditions


Spinal cord injury at or above the T7 level


Brain injury

A neurodegenerative disorder

The muscular dystrophies

Full thickness burns covering more than 20 per cent of the body surface area

Rare disorders of sweating including congenital absence or mal-development of sweat glands

Chronic erythrodermas