Getting around the community is set to become easier for Queenslanders with a disability thanks to a new $1.8 million vehicle modification subsidy scheme announced by Disability Services Minister Curtis Pitt.
Mr Pitt said more than 500 Queenslanders with a disability will benefit from the Vehicle Options Subsidy Scheme (VOSS) over the next two years.
“This new scheme is about increasing the independence of people with a disability and helping them to get more active in their communities,” he said.
“For many people with disabilities it’s a daily challenge to get to work, visit friends or do the shopping.
“We want to make these everyday things that many of us take for granted a whole lot easier for them.
“That’s why we’re introducing a new scheme which will provide subsidies for a range of transport options including driving lessons, vehicle assessments and vehicle modifications.
“Some people with a disability need private transport because public transport might not be suitable for their circumstances.
“We need to ensure that they can access vehicle modifications that will improve their ability to work, socialise and access the community.”
Mr Pitt said the VOSS initiative has been developed with input from an expert advisory committee including specialists from Queensland Health, Queensland Transport and representatives from the RACQ, Carers Queensland and Queenslanders with a Disability Network.
For more information about the scheme, go online to www.qld.gov.au/disability