There may be some assistance available if you are seeking a wig or topper for medical reasons. See below for some resources that may get you on your way, but remember, this is not exhaustive, and conditions can change quickly, so please contact the relevant providers directly for the most up-to-date information.

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

Some Health Funds assist with the purchase of wigs through Extras Cover, however this assistance, if available, varies widely between different providers. Contact your Health Fund directly for detailed information. Please note that if you check the Health Fund website for details, those details may not be complete, so it’s always best to contact them directly for correct information. Make sure you get the name of the person you speak to, and the time and date you spoke to them. If possible, ask them to write or email you with your benefit so you have it in writing.

Income Tax – Medical Expense Rebate

Please check with your Tax Advisor if you can make claims for wigs. Some wig retailers will cite Taxation Ruling TR93/34 as a possible way to claim for a wig, but please note this is an old ruling, and there have been many changes in medical appliance taxation since this ruling.

Also, note that subsequent claim cases related to this Taxation Ruling have stated that, amongst other things, the wig must be custom made, and must have a specific kind of construction. With this in mind, it is highly unlikely that any synthetic or human hair ‘off the shelf’ wig or topper like those we sell would satisfy taxation requirements.

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.

State Subsidies

Does the government give subsidies for wigs? The answer is yes, but there are vast differences from state to state, and they can change at a moment’s notice, so please, check with your state provider before purchasing your wig to ensure you qualify for any available subsidy.

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!

Victoria

The State-Wide Equipment Program – SWEP – is a program of grants funded by the Department of Human Services and administered by Ballarat Health Services.  It provides people who have a permanent or long-term disability with subsidised aids, equipment and vehicle and home modifications.

Under the program, you may be entitled to two basic synthetic wigs for a total of $240 per 2 years.

You will need to fill in an application form and have a letter from your Your doctor, Dermatologist, Medical Oncologist, or Radiation Oncologist, stating that you have permanent loss of hair as a result of disease or disability. You will also need to get paperwork from your wig supplier.

Note if you have previously used the A&EP, your records will be transferred to SWEP automatically and the procedure to obtain the subsidy remains the same.

You can download an application form and FAQs, and find out more from the SWEP websitehttp://swep.bhs.org.au/

New South Wales

The NSW State Government does provide a subsidy for wig purchase, but it is very specific, in that it only applies in two specific circumstances:

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/

South Australia

The Royal District Nursing Service of South Australia (RDNSSA) currently subsidises wig purchases in the Adelaide Metropolitan region only. This means extended metro areas and rural areas currently receive no funding for any assistance (gee, that’s a surprise…not.)

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.

Tasmania

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

Western Australia

We can’t find any information about subsidies in Western Australia at this time.

Queensland

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.