Epilepsy Queensland welcomes the announcement by the Queensland Government to reinstate the Taxi Subsidy Scheme (TSS) for National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants until 30 June 2019 during transition.
Minister for Disability Services Coralee O’Rourke said that the decision came in response to concerns expressed by some Queenslanders with disabilities that their NDIS packages are not providing sufficient support for their transport needs.
People who had transitioned to the NDIS in Townsville identified the issues they were having without access to similar levels of transport assistance in their NDIS plans, compounded by the removal of the TSS as they entered the scheme.
Although it is recognized that there is only certainty regarding the TSS until 30th June 2019, Epilepsy Queensland is pleased that there is a commitment to actively seeking an alternative long term solution, recognizing the importance of adequate and accessible transport options for people with disability or impaired functionality. Transport is a necessary support for people to get to work/study/school, attend appointments, visit family and friends and ultimately be more involved and connected in their communities.
The Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, and Department of Transport and Main Roads will be making more information available in the near future and have advised that people whose TSS membership ceased on entry into the NDIS can apply to have their membership reinstated.
More information about the Taxi Subsidy Card, including eligibility criteria, can be found at: https://www.qld.gov.au/disability/out-and-about/taxi-subsidy
Epilepsy Queensland will continue to keep our community informed via regular updates.