Jeremy Rockliff,Minister for Infrastructure
The Hodgman Liberal Government’s support for National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants to access taxis has been extended to the end of 2023 while participants confirm and adjust to their new NDIS plans.
Taxi subsidies will continue to support some of the most vulnerable members of our community by assisting with the cost of taxis for people who cannot travel independently or use public transport due to their disability.
We are committed to ensuring NDIS participants can access the benefits this scheme is bringing, but we want to ensure that there is a smooth transition.
Those currently receiving the Safety Net subsidy will move to a new Taxi Supplement of up to $1000 for the first year and then $350 for each subsequent year until 31 December 2023. This takes into account that 75 per cent of Safety Net members currently access less than $350 of taxi subsidies each year.
This Tasmanian Taxi Supplement does not replace the NDIS’s responsibility to meet the transport needs of Tasmanian participants, but it recognises that people may need additional support during the transition period.
We continue to work closely with the National Disability Insurance Agency and advocacy groups to help make the transition to the NDIS as smooth as possible for Tasmanians.