Gratuitous attendant care

If you received carer support when you suffered the harm, you may be able to claim gratuitous attendant care costs.

This includes services that you’ve already had or will get but you won’t pay for, like carer support from a family member or partner.

What proof you need

Before you can claim, you need to get your doctor to complete a COVID-19 vaccine claims scheme medical report. You need this as proof when you submit the claim. We need your doctor’s responses to help us assess your claim.

You need to provide the following documents with your claim:

  • a completed COVID-19 vaccine claims scheme expenses form
  • proof that you got, or will get, care support and it was needed
  • proof of how many hours of care per week have been or will be provided
  • proof showing you needed the care services for more than 6 hours per week for at least 6 months in a row
  • proof of any amounts you get or will get from third parties, like private health insurance.

How you calculate gratuitous attendant care

You need to calculate the number of hours of care you received, or will receive, per week. This includes when and how long you will likely need the care for.

The amount you can get depends on:

  • the number of hours of care you receive per week
  • the total number of weeks you’ll receive care, past and future.

If you get 40 or more hours of care a week, multiply the number of weeks of care by $1,737.10.

If you get less than 40 hours of care per week, multiply the number of hours of care by $43.43.

For both past and future services, you need to deduct any amounts you got or will get from third parties.

Page last updated: 7 April 2022