Wheelchair Accessible Taxi Grant Scheme
The Wheelchair Accessible Taxi Grant Scheme provides assistance of up to $45,000, with a 50 per cent co-contribution from applicants to offset the cost of purchasing and modifying a new wheelchair accessible taxi.
About the Wheelchair Accessible Taxi Grant Scheme
Applications for the Wheelchair Accessible Taxi Grant Scheme are now open. Applications will be assessed in the date order that they have been received by QRIDA.
Full details of eligibility requirements can be found in the scheme guidelines below.
This round is open from 12 December 2022 and will close on 30 June 2023.
QRIDA administers the Wheelchair Accessible Taxi Grant Scheme on behalf of the Department of Transport and Main Roads.
Frequently asked questions
If you are applying before you commence replacement activities, you will need to submit a quote for costs associated with acquiring a new wheelchair accessible taxi vehicle.
In obtaining quotes you are required to take reasonable steps to achieve value for money in acquiring a new wheelchair accessible taxi.
Yes, you may be eligible for reimbursement of costs associated with purchasing and modifying a WAT if the new vehicle began providing a taxi service on or after 1 July 2019 and you meet one of the eligibility criteria.
Yes. You are required to start providing taxi services using your new wheelchair accessible taxi within three months after receiving a grant under the scheme. (A longer period may be approved by QRIDA if required).
If you do not use the new wheelchair accessible taxi to provide a taxi service for a period of at least three years, you will be required to repay assistance received on a pro-rata basis. You must provide the taxi service under a taxi service licence with a wheelchair accessible taxi condition that you either own or lease.
For vehicles approved under Class 4, if you do not use the new wheelchair accessible taxi under the current licence for a period of at least three years, you will be required to repay assistance received on a pro-rata basis.
Grant funding is available to purchase of a new vehicle and purchase and install wheelchair accessibility devices for that vehicle. View guidelines for more information.
If your application is successful, you may choose for QRIDA to pay the invoice directly to the service providers, up to the approved amount, or for QRIDA to reimburse funds to your nominated bank account if you have already paid invoices.
The assistance available is up to 50 per cent of the costs associated with acquiring a new wheelchair accessible taxi up to a maximum of $45,000.
No. To be eligible for assistance, all wheelchair-accessibility devices must be purchased new. Any reused equipment will not be eligible.
Yes, however only one grant is available per taxi service licence. QRIDA is unable to approve multiple applications made under a single eligible taxi licence. If an owner or operator has multiple WAT’s they can make applications for each vehicle if they meet the criteria.
Assistance amounts provided under the scheme will be calculated on the invoice amount excluding GST.
(You may be eligible to claim this GST component as part of your normal Business Activity Statement (BAS) submissions).
Questions concerning your personal taxation circumstances should be directed to your taxation advisor or the Australian Taxation Office on 13 72 86.
Yes, both taxi service licence holders and lessees may be eligible under this scheme. However, only one allocation of funding to replace the vehicle will be approved per licence.
No. To be eligible for assistance, your vehicle must be at least 6 years old, have an odometer reading of at least 800,000kms and repairs with an estimated cost of $10,000 (excluding GST) determined in writing by a mechanic, panel beater or other relevant tradesperson. You may be able to apply in subsequent funding rounds of this scheme once your vehicle has reached the age requirement.
Yes. Eligible applicants can apply to place a new wheelchair accessible taxi in their taxi service licence if a motor vehicle had not been stated in the licence for a period of 3 months or more prior to 1 December 2023.