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While family, friends and neighbours can often help people with disability with their transport needs, organisations and community groups can also assist.

Air travel
Financial support
General information
Personal transport
Public transport
Taxis
Vehicle modification

Air travel

The following resource can be used as a guide to help people with disability travel by air. Planning travel and following the tips in this guide will help you know what to expect and make travelling by air more enjoyable.

Related documents

PDF version (also available in Word below)
Prepare for take off  

Word version
Prepare for take off 

Financial support

Concessions WA
Government of Western Australia concessions including travel and transport.

Fuel card
The Country Age Pension Fuel Card provides eligible pensioners with up to $500 a year towards the cost of fuel and/or taxi travel from participating providers.

Mobility allowance
For people with disability who cannot use public transport without substantial assistance.

Patient assisted travel
Provided by the WA Country Health Service to help pay travel and accommodations costs for eligible country residents and their escorts.

Taxi passenger subsidies
Reduced taxi rates available for eligible people who have a disability that prevents them from using public transport. 

General information

Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centres: Advice on Home and Community Care Scheme services to help put people in touch with local agencies. Call 1800 052 222 for assistance.

Personal transport

ACROD Parking Permits
Entitles use of dedicated parking bays for eligible people with disability.

South West Wheels transport for people in the Lower South West

People with disability in the Lower South West now have an additional transport option.

A 12-month trial of the South West Wheels program began in the Lower South West on 1 July 2015 to provide vehicles for use by people who are eligible for Disability Services Commission supports and services.

The Commission has funded the trial, which is being managed by the Western Australian Motor Industry Foundation Inc.

Fees to book and use the vehicles are:

  • Individuals and their families –$15 per day and the requirement to refuel the vehicle (at any fuel station) before it is returned. The person may use their Country Fuel Card to pay for fuel.
  • Organisations –  66c per kilometre, based on the Australian Tax Office vehicle rate, effective 1 July 2015, which covers petrol used during the booking.

South West Wheels has four vehicle ‘hubs’, at Margaret River, Manjimup, Donnybrook and Busselton. There are five vehicles at each hub: a van modified to carry one wheelchair and five passengers, a van that can carry two wheelchairs and six passengers, and three non-modified vehicles including a sedan fitted with a manual wheelchair carrier.

Vehicles can be booked online or by phone, picked up between 8am and 8pm each day and can be used for flexible periods, including overnight.

South West Wheels isn’t intended to offer a sole transport option to eligible users – rather this is an additional option for people in the Lower South West to support them to participate in community, social, economic and daily life activities.

To find out more visit the South West Wheels website.

 

Public transport

Transperth
Information for people with disability using public transport in Perth.

Taxis

Taxi passenger subsidies
Reduced taxi rates are available for eligible people who have a disability that prevents them from using public transport.

Wheelchair-accessible or multi-purpose taxis
Taxis equipped to provide essential transport for people with disability or mobility difficulties.

Vehicle modification

Minor vehicle modifications include grab bars, swivel seats, postural support or transfer boards. Major changes can include mobility aid hoists, ramps or special steering/braking/accelerator control systems. 

Before making any vehicle modifications, it is advisable to contact a driver-trained occupational therapist for an assessment.

Transport regulations

Any vehicle modifications must comply with Department of Transport regulations.

Transporting mobility aids

Options for collapsible wheelchairs include rear-mounted hooks and roof hoists.

For motorised aids such as wheelchairs or scooters—ramps, trailers or electrically operated lifters may be required.

Advice on customised mobility aids and vehicle modifications is available from independent living organisations.

Transport insurance

If you use a car to transport a wheelchair, it is advisable to ensure your insurance policy covers any damage to the wheelchair that might occur during transit.