Transport and travel

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The person you care for may need help in travelling outside the home. Knowing how to get around and what you need to think about when travelling can help to make things easier.

Getting around

You may be able to get help with getting around, including transport services for you and the person you care for, and free or subsidised (cheaper for you) public transport and taxis.

What transport help can you get

Transport services include:

What patient travel help can you get

You may be able to get subsidised (cheaper for you) transport services if the person you care for needs to go to regular medical treatment. Patient travel services include:

You can also talk to the hospital or medical centre you go to, because they may have some advice about where to go for transport help

What parking help can you get

If the person you care for has a physical impairment, they can get an Australian disability parking permit that allows them to park in disabled parking areas. Their physical impairment can be temporary or permanent, and you will need a doctor’s certificate to apply.

You can apply for a permit through your state or territory transport department:

Travelling

If you travel with the person you care for, it’s a good idea to research and carefully plan the trip.

Whether you are travelling in Australia or overseas, you should make an emergency care plan that has all the important information about the person you care for and their need for care, and take a copy with you.

Planning transport

Plan how you will travel – whether by air, sea, rail or road. When you book your travel, talk with the transport provider about special needs, for example taking a wheelchair on board an aeroplane or ordering special meals.

Plan how you will get around once you arrive at your destination. For example, you will need to know if the local buses, trains or taxis are accessible to the person you care for. Disabled Motorists Australia has advice about accessible hire cars, links to websites on public transport accessibility, and member discounts with motoring organisations.

Planning accommodation

If you are booking accommodation, find out if the place will be accessible and what services they may offer. If you are travelling within Australia, you can search for accessible accommodation on cangoeverywhere.com.au.

Planning overseas travel

If you’re travelling overseas, you may need to:

  • buy travel insurance – the Australian Government doesn’t pay for medical treatment overseas or transport anyone back to Australia for treatment, so insurance is important in case you or the person you care for need health care while you are overseas
  • tell the Department of Human Services (if you get a Carer Payment and if you will be away for more than 6 weeks)
  • tell the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (if the person you care for gets a payment from the department and if you will be away for more than 6 weeks)

You may need to make special plans if you are going to take medicines when you travel overseas. You should:

  • take a supply of medicines that will be enough for the trip as well as for any delays
  • check with the embassy or consulate of the country you are visiting to make sure the medicines are legal
  • carry a letter from your doctor that lists your medicines
  • keep medicines in their original packaging so that they can be easily identified