Eligibility for Mobility Allowance

You may be eligible for Mobility Allowance if you:

  • are aged 16 or over, and
  • cannot use public transport without substantial assistance because of disability, illness, or injury, and
  • need to travel to and from your home to look for work, do paid work or voluntary work for a charitable, welfare or community organisation, or participate in study or training. Study or training can include secondary school, tertiary studies, trade and vocational courses

You can still qualify for Mobility Allowance if there is no public transport where you live.

You cannot get Mobility Allowance if you are receiving a funded package of support from the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Eligibility for the standard rate of Mobility Allowance

To be eligible for the standard rate of Mobility Allowance, you must also:

  • be undertaking vocational training, voluntary work, paid work, independent-living or life skills training or any combination of these for at least 32 hours every four weeks on a continuing basis, or
  • have an agreement to look for work through an Employment Services Provider such as Job Services Australia or Disability Employment Services, or
  • be participating in a Disability Employment Service - Disability Management Service, or
  • be receiving Newstart Allowance, Youth Allowance or Austudy and satisfy the activity test requirements associated with these payments

Eligibility for the higher rate of Mobility Allowance

You may be eligible for the higher rate of Mobility Allowance if you are:

  • receiving Disability Support Pension, Parenting Payment, Newstart Allowance or Youth Allowance (job seeker), and
  • working for at least 15 hours a week on wages that are at, or above, the relevant minimum wage, or
  • undertaking job-search activities for work of at least 15 hours a week on wages that are at, or above, the relevant minimum wage, under an Employment Pathway Plan or agreement with an Employment Services Provider such as Job Services Australia or Disability Employment Services, or
  • working for at least 15 hours a week on productivity-based wages under the Supported Wage System

Cars

You can qualify for Mobility Allowance if you have a Goods and Services Tax (GST) exemption on a car.

You cannot qualify for Mobility Allowance if you have a car from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs under the Vehicle Assistance Scheme.

Finishing employment or training

If you finish your employment, training or job search agreement with your provider, but still meet the other eligibility requirements, you may still receive Mobility Allowance for another 12 weeks.

Claiming Mobility Allowance

Find out more about Claiming Mobility Allowance