Travel subsidies

Find out about the various travel subsidies and schemes available to students, pensioners and people with a disability. Eligibility information is also available here.

  Pensioner Annual Free Trip Scheme (PAFTS)

If you are a pensioner who lives north of the 26th parallel you are entitled to one return journey by air or coach, per year, to Perth or elsewhere in the South West Land Division.

Refer to the Pensioner free trip scheme page to find out about eligibility and how to apply.

  Student Subsidised Travel Scheme (SSTS)

This subsidy provides travel assistance to primary and tertiary students who live in the defined remote area of Western Australia (refer to map).

Refer to the Student subsidised travel page to find out about eligibility and how to apply.

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  Taxi Users' Subsidy Scheme (TUSS)

About TUSS and how to apply

This scheme provides reduced fares to people with a severe permanent disability, which prevents them from using public transport services or accessing standard on-demand transport such as taxis, charters or regular passenger transport vehicles e.g. a bus on a regular public transport route or airport shuttle bus.

To be eligible, your application must be endorsed by your doctor and made available for an independent medical assessor to assess.

The independent medical assessor will be appointed by the Department of Transport and the outcome of the assessment will determine if you are eligible for the TUSS.

For more information, download the application form.

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Eligibility for TUSS

Mobility disability

To be granted with the TUSS assistance under this criterion the person needs to use a wheelchair, walking frame or scooter. How the applicant's disability impacts on their functional capacity to use a public transport bus service will also be taken into account.

Applications should include the reason why the person is unable to use a public transport bus service and be supported by medical evidence of their disability, provided by their doctor.

Vision disability

The applicant must be classified as legally blind to be eligible for the TUSS under this criterion. Information supporting the applicant's status as an Ophthalmologist's report or visual acuity readings using the Snellen Scale should be included in your application.

Cognitive or intellectual disability

To be eligible for the TUSS, the applicant must have a severe cognitive impairment/function pertaining to the mental process of comprehension, judgement, memory and reasoning, which affects their ability to plan and independently find their way around the community.


Children under the age of ten (10), unless confined to a wheelchair or scooter are not considered for membership of the TUSS.

Conditions and factors not considered for eligibility:

  • Ability to drive or ownership of a motor vehicle.
  • Anti-social behaviour.
  • Availability of, or proximity to public transport.
  • Disability or medical conditions that are short term or expected to improve.
  • Eligibility for other subsidy or pension schemes.
  • Income levels.
  • Length of journey, having to catch two or more buses.
  • Mobility problems that are episodic, whereby some days are considered bad days.
  • Personal security issues.
  • Social or employment factors.
  • Vision impairment, but not legally blind.

Important: The TUSS is only available to permanent residents of Western Australia. Each application is considered on the severity of the disability and how the applicant's capacity to use public transport is affected.

TUSS member's responsibilities

  • 15 minutes waiting time can be claimed on each voucher. This includes loading and unloading time. Additional waiting time is to be paid by the passenger.
  • A driver must not retain a member's voucher book, blank vouchers or ID card following a journey.
  • Any discount must apply to the total fare charged.
  • For green vouchers members must be travelling with a wheelchair or scooter in an MPT or WAT in order to claim the 75% subsidy and be eligible for the $35 cap. A $25 cap is only applicable for green vouchers when the passenger is travelling with their wheelchair in a conventional taxi.
  • For purple vouchers members must be travelling in a wheelchair or with a scooter in an MPT or WAT in order to claim the 75% subsidy.
  • Members and drivers will be audited at regular intervals.
  • Members must be travelling in a wheelchair or with a scooter in an MPT in order to claim the 75%.
  • Members must pay their portion of the total fare charged.
  • Multiple vouchers cannot be used for longer journeys.
  • Only one voucher is to be used for each journey.
  • The member must give their book and card to the taxi driver at the start of the journey.
  • The voucher and butt must be completed fully and correctly by the driver or payment may be refused.
  • These vouchers and your membership card are for your use only. They are not transferable.


Page last updated: Thu Oct 12 2017 3:20:51 PM