Support to manage incontinence

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More than 4.8 million Australians have a bladder or bowel problem. The Continence Aids Payment Scheme (CAPS) is an Australian Government program. It provides a payment to eligible people to help with some of the costs of buying continence products.

If you, or someone you know, needs support managing incontinence, you can apply for a continence aid payment. The annual payment increased to $694.80 on 1 July 2024.

To be eligible, you must:

  • be 5 years or older
  • have permanent and severe incontinence, which is confirmed by a registered health professional
  • be an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or have permanent residency rights.

Learn more about the Continence Aids Payment Scheme and how to apply.

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The changes mean Older people will have greater choice and control, services that respect and meet their needs, and support to stay independent as they age.

To find out more and help design the changes, visit the Get Involved page or call 1800 318 209.

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