Department of Health

Community-based palliative care equipment and infrastructure grants

Applications close 5:00 pm Thursday 13 April 2017. 

On 1 March 2017 the Minister for Health the Hon. Jill Hennessy MP, announced a new ,one-off $5 million fund for community palliative care agencies to support more Victorians with life-limiting illnesses to be cared for and die in their place of choice. The one-off fund will provide grants up to a maximum of $50,000 per item for equipment and infrastructure that supports nurses and other direct care staff to provide care in people's homes.

This funding and additional support will ensure more Victorians with life-limiting illnesses can spend their last days at home with their family and friends.

These guidelines are in two parts. Part A explains the purpose of the 2017 Equipment and Infrastructure Grant, including eligibility and what can and cannot be funded. Part B outlines the steps to be followed by service providers applying for funding together with information and guidance on how the applications will be assessed.


Applications for the 2017 equipment and infrastructure grant are restricted to Victorian public-funded community palliative care services.

Grants to a maximum of $50,000 per item are available for equipment and infrastructure that:

  • improve and expand the service's ability to provide direct home-based end of life care
  • address occupational health and safety risks for staff, carers and clients.

All equipment outlined in the application must comply with relevant Australian standards.

The following list provides examples of equipment that may be funded.

Equipment category



Portable / mobile duress alarms, communication devices, computer-based communication aids and software

Medication administration

Syringe drivers


Electric, adjustable hospital-grade beds

Pressure care

Pressure relieving mattresses, cushions


Standing equipment, portable ramps, rails

Personal care

Raised toilet seats, hand held showers


Lift recliners, wheelchairs

Lifting and transferring



Car for home visits

Infrastructure modifications

The grant will enable community palliative care services to upgrade infrastructure that will directly support the service to expand or improve access to direct home-based care.

Infrastructure modifications may include, but are not limited to:

  • upgrades to communication technology to enable staff on the road to stay in contact with their home base
  • upgrades to patient information systems to enable remote access to client records
  • building modifications to support carer and client education and training
  • modifications to current premises to support bereavement care.

What is not funded

The 2017 equipment and infrastructure grant excludes the following items:

  • recurrent activities such as staff salaries and wages together with financial support for funded palliative care activity, as outlined in the 2016--17 Policy and Funding Guidelines
  • equipment and infrastructure that have already been funded through a Victorian or Commonwealth Government grant or insurance scheme
  • major capital upgrading of service providers' facilities or privately rented buildings.

Ownership of equipment

Equipment is to be used by staff or individuals receiving home-based palliative care delivered by the service provider. The service provider assumes ownership of the equipment and is responsible for the ongoing repair and maintenance.

Application process

Applications to the 2017 equipment and infrastructure grant must be accompanied by the approved Department of Health and Human Services application form, available from the Downloads section.

All applications must be signed by the organisation's Chief Executive Officer, or in their absence, a nominated delegate.

Services are required to provide a written submission outlining the type of equipment or infrastructure to be purchased or leased.

The submission needs to include a description of each item with an explanation of how the equipment will support home-based care and, where applicable, reduce occupational health and safety risks. If the application includes multiple items, a description of each item is required.

The following documents are required to form an application package:

  • Department of Health and Human Services application form
  • written submission with a detailed description of the equipment or infrastructure to be purchased or leased and the overall cost of each item
  • a statement demonstrating value for money
  • evidence of compliance to Australian standards.

Assessment of applications

Applications will be considered by an assessment panel convened by the Department of Health and Human Services. The panel will have relevant sector representation. The panel may request more information or a meeting with some applicants to discuss to determine the eligibility and appropriateness of the application.

Assessment criteria

Each application will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • whether it complies with the 2017 equipment and infrastructure grant guidelines
  • whether the equipment or infrastructure will assist the service provider to support people receiving home-based palliative care, and their families and carers
  • how the equipment, infrastructure, or both, will reduce occupational health and safety risks
  • whether the item is the most economical and functionally appropriate choice.

Notification of the outcome

Applicants will be notified in writing of the decision within four weeks of the panel meeting. The letter will include the rationale for the decision and details about the funding that is approved.

More information

For more information please contact the Manager Palliative Care on telephone (03) 9096 2050.

Reviewed 03 March 2017


Contact details

Manager, Palliative Care Department of Health and Human Services

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