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28 Jan

Transport & Taxi Vouchers

Recently, we tackled the subject of transport and the NDIS.

It was a popular topic, so this week we are continuing by looking at Taxi Subsidy Schemes.

Taxi subsidy schemes are operated by the Queensland, New South Wales and Victorian governments for people with a disability. However, it gets a bit tricky because each of these three states has different schemes and different plans for how these schemes will work with the transition to the NDIS.

We’ve outlined some starting points for each of these state schemes below.

QUEENSLAND

1. Scheme Name: Taxi Subsidy Scheme (TSS)

2. Eligibility

To be eligible for the TSS you must: be a permanent QLD resident with severe disabilities; have a doctor sign your application form; and you must meet one of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Physical disability requiring dependence on a wheelchair for all mobility outside the home
  • Severe ambulatory problem that cannot functionally be improved and restricts walking to an extremely limited distance
  • Total loss of vision or severe visual impairment (both eyes)
  • Severe and uncontrollable epilepsy with seizures involving loss of consciousness
  • Intellectual impairment or dementia resulting in the need to be accompanied by another person at all times for travel on public transport
  • Severe emotional and/or behaviour disorders with a level of disorganisation resulting in the need to be accompanied by another person at all times for travel on public transport

3. How it works

Once approved, you will receive a TSS card to use which will subsidise half of a taxi fare, up to $25 per trip.

4. TSS & NDIS

The Queensland Government announced that it will continue to provide theTSS for NDIS until the end of June 2019.

5. For more information click here.

NEW SOUTH WALES

1. Scheme Name: Taxi Transport Subsidy Scheme (TTSS)

2. Eligibility

To be eligible for the TTSS you must: be a NSW resident; provide medical documentation from an independent assessor; and have a severe and permanent disability that falls under one of the following categories:

  • Ambulatory/Mobility
  • Epilepsy
  • Intellectual
  • Speech and/or Hearing or Function
  • Vision

3. How it works

The TTSS is a docket system and will subsidise half of the taxi fare, up to $60 per trip.

4. TTSS & NDIS

As the NDIS rolls out the scheme will not change the way customers use their TTSS dockets in NSW.

5. For more information click here.

VICTORIA

1. Scheme Name: Multi-Purpose Taxi Program (MPTP)

2. Eligibility

To be eligible for the MPTP you must: be a permanent Victorian resident; have a severe disability that prevents you from using public transport; and you must have a Centrelink or Veterans Affairs pension card that demonstrates financial hardship.

3. How it works

The MPTP covers half of your fare up to $60 per trip. It also covers the lifting fee if you use a wheelchair or mobility scooter.

4. MPTP & NDIS

The Victorian Government is still working with the NDIA to finalise arrangements for how eligible MPTP users can access transport support under the NDIS.

Until these arrangements are finalised, there will be no changes to the way people access support from the MPTP.

5. For more information click here.

Understanding all that’s involved in your state’s taxi scheme can take a lot of reading and research. We can help!

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