Transport subsidy certainty for South Australians living with disability
South Australian participants of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will benefit from decisions made at 9 October’s Disability Reform Council (DRC) in Sydney.
Certainty was secured for NDIS participants who use the SA Transport Subsidy Scheme, ensuring it continues in South Australia until longer term transport funding is resolved by the NDIS.
The Federal Government agreed to fund the continuation of the State Government’s SA Transport Subsidy Scheme until 31 October 2021. The scheme provides a subsidy of up to 75 per cent on taxi fares for people with permanent and severe disabilities that limit their ability to use public transport independently.
The State Government has long advocated for NDIS participants to have the appropriate amount of transport support in their plans.
Current NDIS participants who access the scheme will see no change to their taxi vouchers until their plans are fully reviewed from mid-next year. The decision ensures NDIS participants will be able to continue to access the taxi vouchers for the months to come, until they have a full review of their NDIS plan to assess their overall NDIS needs.