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and there are several alternative options to ensure patients are able to attend appointments and return home safely.

CPHB may offer patients a taxi voucher based on a recommendation from clinical staff and the patient’s individual circumstances; each case is assessed individually. CPHB clinical staff will authorise an ACT Revenue Office application for subsidised transport if requested for patients that meet the scheme criteria.

Other community transport services and public transport options, depending on accessibility criteria include:

ACT Community Assistance and Support Program

ACT Health’s Community Assistance and Support Program (CASP) funds eight providers to deliver subsidised transport services to assist eligible ACT residents and their carers to access medical appointments and other health services. Further information about CASP eligibility and available services is available on the ACT Health Directorate website:

Community Bus Services

The Community Bus Service (CBS) is funded by the ACT Government and operated by the ACT’s Regional Community Services. The CBS is for eligible ACT residents who are socially isolated due to a lack of transport options and provides flexible bus services Monday to Friday, generally within their own regional area. Further information on eligibility and how to apply is available on the Community Services Directorate website:

Taxi Subsidy Scheme through ACT Revenue Office

The ACT Taxi Subsidy Scheme (TSS) provides financial assistance to eligible ACT residents with a disability or significant mobility restriction preventing them from using public and community transport. A TSS member must be a passenger in the taxi to be eligible for the subsidy however other non TSS members may accompany them in the taxi. More information on eligibility and how to apply is available via:

Flexible Bus Service

Transport Canberra operates the Flexible Bus Service which is available to eligible community members and has remained available throughout COVID. The Flexible Bus Service operates in five zones to help Canberra residents, such as the aged or people with mobility difficulty, to get from their home to local community locations such as hospitals, shopping centres and medical centres. More information is available via:

Canberra Region Cancer Service Volunteer Transport Program

The Canberra Region Cancer Centre Volunteer Transport Program transports eligible patients to and from their appointments for cancer treatment.

(5) Annual costs for the Canberra Hospital Courtesy Bus since 2016 are as follows:

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