Community comes together to save the Taxi Subsidy Scheme!
MS Queensland along with many other organisations called up you, our community, to help save the Taxi Subsidy Scheme (TSS).
The TSS was due to expire on 30 June 2019 for NDIS participants, leaving approximately 10,000 Queenslanders with no access to affordable transport options. The NDIS is still in the process of establishing new and adequate transport supports, with many of our community reporting that the level of funding provided by the NDIS is just not enough.
You signed the petition, spoke to your state pollies and shared your stories, resulting in the Queensland Government extending the scheme. A further $6 million has been committed in 2019-20 to continue the subsidy payment.
The TSS subsidises half of a taxi fare (up to a maximum of $25). Queensland NDIS participants will also be impacted by the removal of the $20 ‘Lift Payment’ that the Government offers to Wheelchair Accessible Taxi (WAT) drivers who transport TSS members, as an added incentive to improve services for people with a disability.
Thank you to everyone who helped saved the TSS!