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DISABILITY & SUPPORT
For Veterans and their families

Tax concessions on cars for people with a disability

Eligibility for veterans

You're eligible for car tax concessions if you are a veteran with a disability and you:

  • intend to use the car for your personal transport from the date you get the car, for either 

    • two years

    • until the car has travelled 40,000 kilometres

     

  • have served in the Australian Defence Force or any other Commonwealth armed force and as a result of that service any of the following apply 

    • you lost a leg or both arms

    • total and permanent loss of use in a leg or both arms

    • you receive a totally and permanently incapacitated (TPI) pension

    • you receive a special rate disability pension.

Eligibility for people with disability

You're eligible for car tax concessions if you:

  • have a certificate that certifies you have lost the use of one or more limbs to the extent that you are unable to use public transport – this can either be 

    • a permanent certificate issued by Medibank Health Solutions (MHS)

    • a current certificate of medical eligibility from a medical practitioner – these are valid from 9 December 2020 and can be permanent or temporary

     

  • intend to use the car to travel to or from gainful employment from the date you get the car, for either 

    • two years

    • until the car has travelled 40,000 kilometres.

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

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Feeling down from time to time is a normal part of life, but when emotions such as hopelessness and despair take hold and just wont go away, you may have depression. Depression makes it tough to function and enjoy life like you once did. Just trying to get through the day can be overwhelming. But no matter how hopeless you feel, you can get better. By understanding the cause of your depression and recognising the different symptoms and types of depression, you can take the first step to feeling better

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While there are many factors that can influence a person's decision to commit suicide, the most common one is severe depression.

 

 Depression can make people feel great emotional pain and loss of hope, making them unable to see another way to relieve the pain other than ending their own life.

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A mental disorder, also called a mental illness or psychiatric disorder, is a behavioral or mental pattern that causes significant distress or impairment of personal functioning. Such features may be persistent, relapsing and remitting, or occur as a single episode. Many disorders have been described, with signs and symptoms that vary widely between specific disorders. Such disorders may be diagnosed by a mental health professional.

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There may be multiple risk factors for mental health problems at any point in life. Older people may experience life stressors common to all people, but also stressors that are more common in later life, like a significant ongoing loss in capacities and a decline in functional ability. For example, older adults may experience reduced mobility, chronic pain, frailty or other health problems, for which they require some form of long-term care. In addition, older people are more likely to experience events such as bereavement.

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Significant mental health problems can and do occur in young children. Children can show clear characteristics of anxiety disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, conduct disorder, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, and neurodevelopmental disabilities, such as autism, at a very early age.

Healthcare Workers

Mental health can be adversely affected by exposure to a range of hazards or factors in the workplace, including, for example: 1. high job demand 2. low job demand 3. poor support 4. poor workplace relationships 5. low role clarity 6. poor organisational change management 7. poor organisational justice 8. poor environmental conditions 9. remote or isolated work, and 10. violent or traumatic events.

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Mental health emergencies can happen at any time and to anyone. Examples might be a person who is suicidal, a person experiencing a panic or anxiety attack, a person experiencing trauma, an incident of self-harm or a person who is psychotic.  It also includes natural disasters, pandemics and accidents.  There are many incidences that may affect someone's mental health.