Concessions

Personal alert systems rebate scheme

A personal alert system is a device that enables people to call for help in an emergency if they are unable to access or use a telephone.

The Personal Alert Rebate Scheme (PARS) provides approved applicants a rebate of:

  • up to $380 for the purchase and installation of approved monitored systems
  • up to $250 per year for monitoring services for approved monitored systems up to 30 September 2019
  • from 1 October 2019, up to $200 per year for monitoring services for approved monitored systems.

There have been changes to the eligibility criteria and application assessment processes for the PARS.
All applicants must use the new application form.
If you have any questions about the changes, please contact PARS - 1300 700 169.

Eligibility

You may be eligible if you:

  • are aged 75 years or older (people of Aboriginal descent must be 65 years or older)
  • have a Centrelink or Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) Pensioner Concession Card
  • are a permanent resident of South Australia
  • meet the additional clinical, functional and social criteria requirements
  • have sought an assessment for a Commonwealth Home Care Package (HCP) and been assessed as one of the following:
    • approved for a level 1 HCP
    • approved for a level 2-4 HCP and not assigned an interim HCP
    • assessed as not eligible for an HCP.

    Visit My Aged Care or call 1800 200 422 to arrange an HCP assessment.

Additional criteria

A registered health professional must certify that you meet all the clinical and functional criteria.

Clinical criteria

You must:

  • be a high fall risk
  • suffer from an ongoing major medical condition that requires an emergency response.

Functional criteria

You must:

  • have sufficient physical and cognitive function to wear and operate the personal alert system
  • be willing to wear the alert system while at your residence and activate it if necessary.

Social criteria

At least one of the following must apply:

  • you live alone
  • you are alone for most of the day or night
  • you live exclusively with someone who is unable to communicate using a phone in an emergency.

People not eligible for the rebate

  • people who have not sought an HCP assessment
  • people approved for a level 2-4 HCP who have been assigned an HCP
  • people who have rejected an HCP
  • veterans or veterans' widows or widowers who are eligible under the DVA Rehabilitation Appliances Program
  • DVA Gold Card holders
  • people who live independently in a retirement village where a personal alert system or similar service is included in the residence contract
  • people who live in supported accommodation, such as a supported residential facility or residential aged care facility.

Approved suppliers and alert systems

Personal alert systems are all monitored systems. Some systems let you choose to self-install; others are installed by a technician.

Monitored systems

Supplier

Alert system
(3G SIM card included)

Range of pendant*InstallationPurchase priceAnnual monitoring cost
Active Watch
Ph: 1300 665 904
8261 0660
SmartLink Medi-minder 106-189 or 106-224 Up to 300m Installation included in purchase price (metro areas only) $380 $250 pa until 30 September 2019
$200 pa from 1 October 2019
ADT Security
Ph: 131 238
SmartLink Medi-minder Up to 300m Pre-configured for self-installation $380 $228
Australian Personal Security (APS)
Ph: 0447 825 250
Smartcaller HP5 Bluephone Professional Up to 100m Self-install $430 $250
CareAlert
Ph: 1300 75 85 95
CareAlert Smart Dialler Model CA 0417 Up to 150m Pre-programmed and ready to plug in and use $380 $250
Clarke Security
Ph: 8352 3300
Chiptech Eve Up to 300m Installation and key safe box included in purchase price (metro areas only) $380 $249.60 pa until 30 September 2019
$200 pa from 1 October 2019
Eyre Health Mobility Equipment
Ph: 8683 4788
Smart Caller HP5 Bluephone Professional Up to 100m Pre-programmed and ready to plug in and use $435 $250
INS Lifeguard
Ph: 1800 636 226
LifeGuard SmartHome 4G IP Dialler with pendant, wristwatch, or fall sensor Up to 100m Self-install or installation from $165 $499 $275 pa until 30 September 2019
$200 pa from 1 October 2019 plus $66 SIM card charge
RAA
Ph: 8202 4695
Chiptech Eve Up to 300m Self-install or RAA installation for $50 (metro areas only) $379 $343.20
RDNS Alarms
Ph: 1300 854 365
SmartLink Medi-minder Up to 300m Self-install free or installation from $150 $380 $240
SA Ambulance Service
Ph: 1300 13 62 72
SmartLink Medi-Minder Up to 80m Installation $126.50 $380 plus installation $324

Prices are subject to change.

*The range indicated for each pendant is the maximum distance for its radio signal to effectively reach the alert system when obstructions are not present - eg double-brick walls, trees, hedges.

Download the list of approved alert systems and suppliers (84.9 KB PDF)

Help choosing a system

Two organisations can help with choosing a system.

The Catalyst Foundation

The Catalyst Foundation is a government-funded information service that aims to improve the independence and quality of life of seniors by providing free information about available services and facilities.

Visit the Catalyst Foundation website or city office at:
149 Currie Street
Adelaide

Phone: 8168 8776 or 1800 636 368 (SA country freecall)

Independent Living Centre

The Independent Living Centre (ILC) provides information and advice on equipment to help individuals improve their quality of life and maintain their independence. This service is free of charge and available for all members of the public.

ILC has an extensive range of monitored systems for the public to browse and trial. Health professionals can advise on the most appropriate system to suit your needs, as well as provide detailed product information and supplier details.

ILC's equipment catalogue has additional information on personal alert systems.

Visit the ILC at:
11 Blacks Road
Gilles Plains

Phone: 8266 5260 or 1300 885 886

The National Broadband Network (NBN) and your personal alert system

The introduction of the National Broadband Network (NBN) telephone services may affect people who use personal alert systems. Personal alert systems can work under the NBN but you will need to ensure that, when the NBN begins rolling out in your area, your telephone provider (new or existing) is aware you have an alert system and can support its continued operation.

In some cases, new equipment or extra wiring may be required.

You will need to register your personal alert system using the online NBN Co Medical Alarm Register or by calling 1800 227 300.

You can register immediately, you do not need to wait until the NBN is being rolled out in your area.

How to apply

1. Application form

Download the Application for Approval  (129.9 KB PDF) or phone Personal Alert Systems Rebate Scheme line on 1300 700 169 and ask for a form to be sent to you.

2. Complete with registered health professional

Complete and sign the application form with a registered health professional.

3. Submit the application

Email

Email forms to pasrs@sa.gov.au

Fax

Fax forms to 8226 7047

Post

Post forms (no postage stamp required) to:

Personal Alert Systems Rebate Scheme
Concessions and Support Services
Reply Paid 292
Adelaide SA 5001

Contact

Email

Phone

Personal Alert Systems Rebate Scheme line - 1300 700 169

ConcessionsSA Hotline - 1800 307 758

If you have a hearing or speech impairment - TTY 8226 6789

Interpreting and translating

To arrange an on-site or telephone interpreter, or to have a document translated, please call the Interpreting and Translating Centre (ITC) on 1800 280 203.


Related information

Other websites

Falls prevention
My Aged Care - Commonwealth government

Downloads

Approved suppliers and alert systems (84.9 KB PDF)
Personal Alert Systems Rebate Scheme brochure (129.3 KB PDF)
Commonwealth My Aged Care brochure

Many documents are provided as PDF files. If you have problems accessing or reading these documents you can ask for a copy to be made available in another format.


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Page last updated 19 September 2019

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