Dr Anthony Lynham

STATE MEMBER FOR STAFFORD

Taxi Subsidy Scheme guaranteed for NDIS participants

Taxi Subsidy Scheme guaranteed for NDIS participants

16 May, 2019 –

The Palaszczuk Government has stepped in to ensure the Taxi Subsidy Scheme (TSS) for National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants continues after June 30 2019.

A further $6 million to be committed in 2019-20 to continue the subsidy payment.

The TSS provides affordable travel for people with severe disabilities who have been medically assessed as unable to use other forms of subsidised public passenger transport.
Under TSS, the Government pays half of a member’s taxi fare up to a limit of $25 per journey.

A TSS member may travel for any purpose, including social, medical or employment reasons, and there is no cap on the number trips a member may take.

Taxi Subsidies started to transition to the Federal NDIS in July 2016, but different criteria meant some of those using the State-run TSS would be ineligible for travel support under the incoming Federal scheme.

The Palaszczuk Government intervened to bring all NDIS eligible members back under the TSS scheme in mid-2017, extending it until 30 June 2019.

We have now extended that for another year to provide certainty for Queenslanders.

We will not let the Morrison Government leave people in the lurch.

Our funding commitment means there is no change for those people who are eligible for NDIS, and who have been accessing the TSS – so that they can continue to travel to get to the shop, see friends, travel to non-disability related medical appointments etc.

We will continue to advocate on behalf of all Queenslanders who use this scheme so that an expanded criteria of travel is covered under the NDIS.

More information, including how to apply, can be found at: https://www.qld.gov.au/disability/out-and-about/subsidies-concessions-passes/taxi-subsidy