Transport is about to get more affordable for people on the National Disability Insurance Scheme, thanks to a new fare subsidy of average $10 per trip.
Transport for NSW has announced a $3-million boost to community-transport providers during the transition to the NDIS.
The NSW Government funding will give NDIS-registered community-transport providers a subsidy allocation, which will be passed on to NDIS participants, until June 30, 2020.
The subsidy applies to community-transport operators who have a contract with Transport for NSW. These operators could use a range of vehicles, including mini buses, small buses or regular cars.
Eligible NDIS participants will be subsidised an average of $10 per trip by those transport providers, including travelling to and from work and education.
“This funding boost is essential to keep services affordable for customers currently benefiting from the NDIS in NSW,” a Transport for NSW spokesperson said.
“Some of our customers need specialist services to get them to and from work on a daily basis and this subsidy could provide a significant weekly saving.
“While the NDIS will provide the main funding solution for participants’ transport needs, this additional funding will assist in a steady transition for participants and community transport providers.
“The subsidy also gives certainty to participants reliant on community transport that the cost of travel will have less impact on their day-to-day activities.”
Eligible providers must be registered to provide NDIS services and a TfNSW-contracted community-transport provider.
These arrangements are consistent with Transport for NSW’s Disability Inclusion Action Plan.