We understand just how confusing it can be to navigate the NDIS plan structure. Perhaps you’ve made it through the maze of supports budgets but are now thinking about your transport options? The NDIS does offer transport funding targeted at specific needs. Here’s a quick run-down of what’s available!
If your disability causes you ‘substantial difficulty’ on public transport, then you may be eligible for transport support. The supports are allowed only where the NDIS considers them to be ‘reasonable and necessary.’ And they must be directly related to your impairment.
You should also note that they don’t support family or carer transport costs for most everyday needs. You’ll have to take that taxi subsidy instead.
What the NDIS funds:
Training and support in the use of public transport
Driver training and assessment
Part of the cost of a taxi and other transport options
What the NDIS doesn’t fund:
Accessible public transport options
Public transport concessions
Accessible transport infrastructure
Community transport services
School transport provided by State Governments
Family or carer transport for everyday needs
The NDIS offers three levels of support for your transport budget. Your level will depend on your current circumstances and needs. They take into account whether you are working or studying, taking part in day programs or just needing more general community access.
The three transport support levels are:
Need enhanced community access
Not currently working or studying
Up to $1,606 per year
Working or studying part-time (maximum 15 hrs/week)
Participating in day programs
Other social, recreational or leisure activities
Up to $2,472 per year
Working, looking for work, or studying (minimum 15 hrs/week)
Unable to use public transport due to your disability
Up to $3,456 per year
If your general NDIS plan includes support to enable your participation in employment, you may be eligible for even more funding. If so, you can request support for ‘exceptional circumstances,’ on a case by case basis.
Working these transport funding options into your main budget plan can be difficult. Making sure they comply with the NDIS bureaucracy even more so. Bright Plan Management is here to help you navigate through this traffic maze. Contact us today for an obligation-free appointment at your home or one of our offices. Our dedicated plan managers will help you to plan the best use of your NDIS transport support options.