Transport under the NDIS

Posted on 24 August 2016 by

Getting around and doing the things you need to do is an important part of everyone’s day. For people with disability, transport can sometimes be challenging and you may require some extra support. Learn how existing transport supports may change  and how you can plan for your transport needs under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

When you transition to the NDIS, your transport needs will be included in your NDIS plan.

During the planning process, you should make sure you discuss your transport needs with your planner.

The NDIS will fund reasonable and necessary supports that maximise your independence, support you to engage in your community and empower you to participate in employment or study.

Explainer: What is ‘reasonable and necessary’ under the NDIS?

Some transport related supports may include:

  • personal transport related aids and equipment
  • training to use public transport independently
  • modifications to private vehicles
  • reasonable and necessary taxi or private transport costs if you aren’t able to use public transport independently.

Other disability related supports, such as concessions for public transport, public transport systems and accessibility modifications, and disability parking schemes, will continue to be the responsibility of the relevant state or local government authorities.

What happens to mobility allowance?

Many people with disability, illness or injury receive financial support from a mobility allowance, paid directly via Centrelink.

Mobility allowance is available to people aged 16 or older who cannot use public transport without substantial assistance because of disability, illness or injury, to travel to and from home for work, volunteering, study, training or job seeking.

Once your NDIS plan is approved, including your transport needs, you will no longer receive a mobility allowance.

You should make sure you update Centrelink when you start receiving NDIS support to ensure you don’t incur any debts to the Government.

If you are not eligible for support from the NDIS, you will continue to receive your mobility allowance.

Learn more about mobility allowance on the Department of Human Services website.

What happens to the Multi Purpose Taxi Program (MPTP)?

The Multi Purpose Taxi Program (MPTP) provides subsidised fares, of up to $60 per trip, to support the travel needs of people with severe and permanent disability. MPTP members with a wheelchair or scooter also do not have to pay the lifting fee for entering and exiting a taxi, and the meter must not be turned on during this time.

In preparation for transition to the NDIS, the Victorian Government initiated a review of the MPTP, which completed consultation in late 2015. Information collected during the consultation period will inform the final recommendations to the Minister for Public Transport.

According to the Taxi Services Commission website,the Victorian Government are working with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to finalise arrangements for how eligible MPTP members will receive transport support under the NDIS.

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

MPTP members will be notified before any changes are introduced.

If you are a MPTP user, and you are not eligible for support from the NDIS, there will be no changes to your taxi subsidy.

Sources

NDIS Participant transport funding information

Mobility Allowance and the NDIS

NDIS Operational Guideline – Planning and Assessment – Supports in the Plan - Interface with Transport


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