Rehabilitation Appliances Program (RAP)
RAP is an Australian Government program, administered by the Department of Veterans' Affairs, which provides aids and appliances to eligible members of the veteran community to help them maintain functional independence in their homes. RAP is governed by the Treatment Principles, made pursuant to Section 90 of the Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986 (VEA).
Recent Changes to RAP Schedule and National Guidelines
A comprehensive Review of the RAP National Schedule of Equipment and the RAP National Guidelines was undertaken in 2013 to ensure the Schedule continues to be fully responsive to the needs of the veteran community and to further simplify and streamline administrative arrangements for health providers. As an outcome of the Review, there have been a number of amendments to the Schedule, including changes to wording; a review of the Health Provider list; and items that have been added or removed.
More information on the recent changes to the RAP Schedule and National Guidelines
RAP appliances are available to Gold and White card holders on the basis of an assessed clinical need made by an appropriately qualified health provider (eg Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist, General Practitioner).
There are six main product groups on the RAP National Schedule of Equipment (the Schedule):
See Factsheet HIP72 Providers - Rehabilitation Appliance Program (PDF 22.9Kb)