Taxi Subsidy Scheme to be reinstated for QLD NDIS
The Queensland Government will reinstate the Taxi Subsidy Scheme (TSS) for National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants.
Minister for Disability Services Coralee O’Rourke said the decision came in response to concerns expressed by some Queenslanders with disabilities that their NDIS packages are not providing sufficient support for their transport needs.
"The Palaszczuk Government had committed to roll in funding equivalent to the TSS for those participants - on the basis that they would get equivalent support through the NDIS."
"Together with other jurisdictions, we have been making representations to the Commonwealth Government since earlier this year, expressing concern that people are not getting sufficient provision for transport in their plans from the NDIA.”
Minister for Main Roads Mark Bailey said it was unfair that those Queenslanders impacted should have to wait while national issues are resolved.
“That is why we have moved to reinstate the TSS for the rest of the transition period over 2017-18 and 2018-19," Minister Bailey said.
“This will mean the funds are treated as an in-kind contribution to the NDIS. This will be cost neutral to Queensland, but most importantly it will mean Queenslanders going into the NDIS don't lose their TSS, and don't have to worry about getting to their appointments, to visit their families and to get around the community or to their jobs," said Mr Bailey.
TSS members receive a $25 per trip co-contribution from the Queensland Government. Of the 53,800 TSS members, it is estimated that 10,600 will be NDIS participants.
At the end of the first year, 1146 TSS members have transitioned, and up to another 1700 may transition in 2017-18. 7,700 TSS members are due to enter the NDIS in 2018-19.
This equates to around $2.4 million in 2017-18, and $6.6 million in 2018-19 worth of taxis subsidies for people with disability.
People whose TSS membership ceased on entry into the NDIS can apply to have their membership reinstated.
Information about, and applications for the Queensland TSS can be found at https://www.qld.gov.au/disability/out-and-about/taxi-subsidy
19 July 2017.