DISCLAIMER: The below information is provided in good faith. However, this information is not designed to replace any independent advice from relevant professional groups, bodies or individuals in relation to your personal situation, and you should always seek independent advice before you purchase a wig or topper, to ensure that your information is accurate and up to date. Wig Warrior takes no responsibility for purchases made on the basis of the below information.
Private Health Funds
Income Tax – Medical Expense Rebate
Having said that, please don’t rely on ours or any other retailer’s advice regarding taxation and claiming medical appliances – we urge you, please speak to a taxation professional who can assist you, before you purchase a wig or topper. You don’t want to spend a large sum of money with a plan to claim it back and then find you are not able to.
As of March 2020, this is the current information that we are aware of, but there may be changes and other programs we are not aware of, so make sure you do your own homework, too!
New South Wales
Category 1: Diagnosis of alopecia totalis or alopecia universalis plus treatment for hair loss has been trialled and unsuccessful or deemed unsuitable
Category 2: The item is required due to at least 80% permanent hair loss as a result of skin grafts
Note that the subsidy is not available for Alopecia Areata, Androgenic Alopecia, or hair loss as a result of chemotherapy or treatments for cancer or other conditions.
We would strongly advise you contact Enable NSW directly as they can change their rulings at any time. You can find the website, which includes an information sheet about Wig subsidies, at http://www.enable.health.nsw.gov.au/
You may be eligible for one synthetic wig every two years, and a human hair wig every five.
The eligibility requirements include a letter from your doctor, and the completion of a form, which you can find here: https://des.sa.gov.au/__data/assets/word_doc/0016/39301/DHS-Equipment-Program-Wig-Request-Form.docx
We strongly recommend that you call RDNSA on 1300 295 786 (ask for Rebecca) first thing to discuss your options and whether you can apply for this subsidy.
Financial assistance may be available to cancer and alopecia patients who are referred by a doctor and have a DHS or DVA Pensioner Concession Card.
Note: Holders of a DVA Gold or White Card should contact DVA on 1800 838 372 (1800 VETERAN) to check their eligibility for provision of a wig.
For more information please contact the Department of Health before purchasing your wig:
Service Tasmania: 1300 135 513
Royal Hobart Hospital: 6166 8354
Launceston General Hospital: 6777 6140
Northern Cancer Service – Burnie: 6493 6058
Northern Cancer Service – Mersey: 6478 5317
We can’t find any information about subsidies in Western Australia at this time.
We can’t find any information about subsidies in Queensland at this time.
ACT and NT
We can’t find any information about subsidies in the ACT or the NT at this time.