What is NDIS Transport Funding?
Transportation can give you the independence and freedom you might be looking for. Luckily, the NDIS provides funding for transport, but before you can claim the funds you need to know what you are eligible for.
The NDIS defines transport in two ways:
This is a transport delivered by a provider, who is often your support coordinator.
Activity Based Transport helps you pay support workers to drive you around or assist you with your social and community activities. This could be visiting the supermarket, taking you to the beach or going to an appointment.
Usually, the support worker will claim the cost of transporting you in their vehicle as part of their service. This means you do not have to worry about claiming the funds with the NDIS.
Please note: support workers will charge you at an hourly rate, based on your service agreement. They may also charge you for road tolls and parking costs.
This includes transport to places where service is delivered by an unregistered provider. There is no increased flexibility for this type of trip.
If you want to claim any General Transport, you must have a transport category included in your plan.
- Transport Allowance (category 2 – Core Support)
If you are unable to use public transport due to your disability, the NDIS can help you pay for taxis, rideshares, community transport and other suitable transport methods. However, you must meet the reasonable and necessary criteria to get this funding included in your plan e.g. why is it unrealistic for you to catch a bus, train, or tram? These funds are then paid directly into your bank account every two weeks to help cover transport costs.
Please note if you do have transport allowance, you cannot use other core funding on general transport.
If you still have questions about transport funding or need help planning your financial side for your transport arrangement, we are here for you. You can call us on 1300 60 33 89 or email@example.com.