Transport for Aboriginal communities

    The Aboriginal Service Development Officer identifies transport issues that affect Aboriginal people, and provide advice and assistance.

    Working with Aboriginal communities

    The Aboriginal Service Development Officer identifies transport issues that affect Aboriginal people, and provide advice and assistance to improve transport outcomes for them. 

    The officer builds relationships within communities, consulting and liaising with stakeholders, including local, state and Australian Government departments, community transport service providers and community groups, as well as Aboriginal communities.

    Aboriginal funeral transport

    Transport for NSW, through its Rural & Regional Service Delivery & Performance branch, aims to help Aboriginal people in NSW attend funerals of family or community members if they are unable to get there in other ways.

    Funeral transport is usually for groups of eight or more people travelling in the same vehicle to a funeral at least 25kms away. Assistance may also help people to travel to funerals by public transport.

    Organisations applying for funding to provide funeral transport must have an Australian Business Number (ABN), e.g. Aboriginal lands councils, Aboriginal medical services and non-government organisations.

    Aboriginal funeral transport - Sorry Business 

    This initiative commenced on Tuesday 1 December 2015. Changes have been made and come into effect on Thursday 7 July 2016. 

    About the initiative 

    The Aboriginal Funeral Transport “Sorry Business” initiative provides assistance with transport for isolated and disadvantaged Aboriginal communities throughout New South Wales, including metropolitan Sydney, to attend funerals.

    This initiative is not intended to be the primary source of funds for the transport provided but rather a source of funds to enable transport to be undertaken where, despite all efforts, there are insufficient resources to undertake the travel and the travel is not local. 

    Who is the MTS 

    Chandler Macleod Managed Training Services (MTS) is working in partnership with Transport for NSW to provide the Aboriginal communities with a service to allow them to enquire and apply for funding to attend funerals.

    Aboriginal Funeral Transport (AFT) applicants can be assured that their interaction with MTS will be positive, easy and efficient and will be dealt with great respect.

    MTS is available from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday and can be contacted on 1300 361 787. 

    What can you get help with

    Transport for NSW will support 100 per cent of the cost of return tickets for individuals and groups travelling to a funeral using an existing public service e.g. NSW Trains.

    Generally, private transport (buses) will only be provided for groups of eight (8) or more people travelling in the same vehicle at which Transport for NSW will fund no more than 50 per cent of the overall cost.

    Volunteer drivers and buses provided at no cost are valued and taken into consideration when processing the applicant’s 50 per cent claim of the overall cost. The cost of accommodation and meals will not be considered when claiming transport costs. 

    Fuel can also be accessed through this initiative whereby Transport for NSW will fund no more than 50 per cent of the cost pending approval. Please contact MTS to see if you are eligible to access this service. 

    Please note: If you wish to submit an application, you will be asked to provide evidence of the funeral you will be attending so please assist MTS in providing this information so the application can be completed in a timely manner.

    If your application is approved, this assistance will only be provided to you twice (2) per calendar year.

    Hotline number 

    For any Aboriginal person wishing to seek assistance or make any bookings, please contact MTS on 1300 361 787 - Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm. 

    If you are an Aboriginal Organisation wishing to help a client access this service, you can also email MTS at mts@chandlermacleod.com for assistance.

    More information

    For further information, contact the Aboriginal Service Development Officer NSW, Yvette King to discuss your transport needs and the possibility of funding.

    Yvette King
    Mob: 0427 415 210
    Email: Yvette.King@transport.nsw.gov.au

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