IEM Food Grant

Payment Schedule 2023

The IEM food grant payment for 2023 is due by the Friday of the first full week of each month. Payments due to arrive by:

January 13th              February 10th               March 10th                    April 7th

May 5th                       June 9th                         July 7th                      August 11th

September 8th         October 6th                  November 10th            December 8th

Purpose of the Grant

The Department of Health information page regarding the IEM grant states: “The Inborn Error of Metabolism (IEM) Programme provides monthly financial assistance to approved grantees with protein metabolic disorders to assist with the purchasing of low protein foods. The purpose of the IEM grant is to enable people with IEM to stay on strict diets and ensure long term health is maintained. Non-food items, such as medications and supplements, cannot be purchased with money provided under the Programme.” When discussing any aspect of the grant on various forums please be mindful of its purpose. Compliance with the diet and using the grant for its intended purpose is one of the ways we as a community can demonstrate to the government the ongoing need for the grant.


The Department of Health information clearly states that “dietary compliance” is a condition of receiving the IEM food grant. Patients diagnosed with Dihydropteridine Reductase (DHPR) deficiency, Hyperphenylalaninemia and Phenylketonuria (PKU) must reapply for the IEM grant every twelve months. This is to help monitor compliance. To ensure that you meet the reapplication criteria and can have your reapplication signed by your clinician we recommend the following:

  • Attending clinic appointments as recommended by your clinician.
    Submitting regular blood samples as recommended by your clinician.
  • Maintaining your diet and taking your supplement as suggested by your metabolic team. The recipe and product resources on our website can help you with ideas for keeping your diet interesting a varied.
  • Attending MDDA functions such as cooking days, social functions and retreats can provide support, ideas and motivation if you are struggling with your diet.
  • Contacting any of the people listed in the Link network on our website to get support and encouragement.

Contact Information

Phone: 02 6289 8980

Email: IEM program officer

[email protected]

Postal address:

IEM Program, Health Systems Strategy Division

MDP 1060, GPO Box 9848



Online Application Forms

In our IEM Grant update we were advised that the online application forms for the IEM Program have recently been updated.

The form update includes improvements to form functionality and format as well as minor updates throughout, including updates to the Privacy statements.

The IEM program department will continue to accept old versions of the forms until 1 June 2023. After this date, they will be unable to approve applications submitted using the old forms. We suggest you discard any old application forms and from now on use the updated forms.

All new forms can be found at:

If you have any enquiries or issues with the new forms please contact the IEM program on (02) 6289 8980 or via email on [email protected].

Further Information

How to lodge an application, enquiries, more information and FAQ visit the Department of Health: