Who is eligible for the Taxi Transport Subsidy Scheme

To be eligible for the Taxi Transport Subsidy Scheme you must:

  • be a permanent resident of Australia
  • normally reside in NSW
  • not be a member of a similar scheme in another Australian state or territory
  • be over school age (preschool aged children, regardless of disability, are ineligible for inclusion in the scheme)
  • have a severe and permanent disability in one of the specified categories.

Please note: Transport for NSW reserves the right to decline your application if you have previously been suspended or removed from the NSW Scheme or a similar scheme in another state or territory.


Eligible categories of disability

Ambulatory/Mobility

  • Unable to walk or stand. Mobile only in a wheelchair due to a physical disability or
  • Mobile outside of home only with a wheelchair due to a physical disability or
  • Severe and permanent ambulatory problem that cannot functionally be improved which limits walking to a distance of 20 metres or less without rest and also:
    • necessitates permanent use of a walking aid for all mobility or
    • necessitates the constant assistance of another person for all mobility or
    • unable to independently ascend or descend three or more consecutive steps of 350mm height.

Vision

  • Total loss of vision in both eyes or severe permanent impairment of 6/60 or less in each eye or
  • Field of vision reduced to 10 degrees or less all round or
  • total loss of lower half field of vision which cannot functionally be improved correcting lenses or other treatment or
  • Homonymous hemianopsia with significant mobility limitations

Epilepsy

Severe and uncontrollable epilepsy.

Intellectual

  • Severe permanent intellectual disabilities which render the person incapable of travelling on public transport without the constant assistance of another person or
  • Severe cognitive or memory impairment such that the applicant:
    • is unable to be aware of or communicate destination or
    • is unable to manage the payment of fares or
    • exhibits socially unacceptable behaviour.

Speech, hearing, functional

  • Severe and permanent communication difficulties necessitating the constant assistance of another person to use public transport or
  • Total and permanent functional loss of both upper limbs which renders the person incapable of travelling on public transport without the constant assistance of another person.