Mobility Allowance

The Government is providing $46.5 million in extra support through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to help Australians receiving Mobility Allowance.

Information update: this Budget measure is subject to the passage of legislation.

Description of the measure

The Government is providing $46.5 million in extra support through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to help Australians receiving Mobility Allowance.

This means that Mobility Allowance recipients who are assessed to be eligible will receive NDIS support rather than the Mobility Allowance, once NDIS is available in their own locality.

The disability rules for Mobility Allowance will be aligned with the NDIS disability criteria which means new claimants must have a significant or permanent disability which prevents them from using public transport without substantial assistance.

From 1 January 2017, the Mobility Allowance will only be available to new customers who are:

  • under 65 years of age with a significant or permanent disability
  • engaged in work or vocational training, and
  • not able to use public transport without substantial assistance

Existing Mobility Allowance customers will be grandfathered and remain on the payment based on the current eligibility criteria. If they cancel their payment, they will lose their grandfathered status and be subject to the new eligibility criteria.

The grace period during which a customer can receive Mobility Allowance while not engaging in a qualifying activity will also reduce from 12 to 4 weeks.

Where a NDIS customer exits the scheme, they will not be able to return to Mobility Allowance at a later date.

The changes to eligibility and entitlement rules are designed to support the transition of Mobility Allowance funding to the NDIS, as recipients move from the payment to NDIS or Continuity of Support arrangements.

Questions and Answers

Who is eligible for this measure

New and existing Mobility Allowance customers.

The date this measure will start and finish

This measure will start on 1 January 2017 and is ongoing until the Mobility Allowance ceases on 1 July 2020.

Page last updated: 12 September 2016

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