Reinstating taxi subsidy big lift for NDIS participants
THE Queensland Government has stepped up to tackle one of the many thorns in the side of the National Disability Insurance Scheme ( NDIS) – transport.
The decision to reinstate the Taxi Subsidy for people accessing the scheme signals the removal of a significant barrier to social participation for people with a disability.
Stories of people unable to access vital services, activities and therapies because they, quite simply, can’t afford to get themselves there have plagued the rollout of the scheme. Long- awaited plans that meet genuine – and often desperate – needs, left dangling just beyond reach.
Having addressed a stumbling block for the NDIS and a source of unimaginable stress for many scheme participants in Queensland, our hope now is that the Queensland Government will go a step further and create a fast- track for people, previously deemed eligible, to re- enter the Taxi Subsidy Scheme.
There is also a compelling argument for both the Queensland and Federal governments to consider a more flexible personal transport subsidy scheme, so that people with a disability could choose a taxi, ridesharing service or community bus service, depending on individual needs. We need to seek innovative solutions to address fundamental kinks in the scheme.
The reintroduction of the Taxi Subsidy Scheme is a practical first step. All governments must now work towards a national transport solution that will keep the NDIS moving in the right direction. ANDREW DONNE, Endeavour Foundation CEO.