ACTA Membership Update

Australian Community Transport Association (ACTA) has welcomed the Federal Government decision to defer the start of the Support at Home Program to July 2024.

ACTA recently provided the new government with an advocacy paper reflecting the views of the sector; rethinking the support at home program for community transport where we urged the Albanese government and the department of health to extend grant funding until July 1st, 2024, and to utilise that time to investigate how services are currently provided and how they could be improved going forward.

ACTA Chair, Lyndon Stevenson said “We are grateful that the new government has listened to the sector by providing the additional time, as per our recent advocacy paper. ACTA has a strong history and proven performance of listening, supporting, and representing the views of the sector nationally for many years. In fact, ACTA’s national survey indicated 94% of providers would prefer block funding to remain.

There has never been a time when a single voice representing the sector has been so important and we look forward to continuing to provide direct and ongoing communications with the government on behalf of the sector. Although we are encouraged by this decision, we remain dedicated as a sector and will continue our commitment in working with government and other stakeholders to create a system that we can all be proud of – one which best supports older people to retain their independence and remain in their homes”.

ACTA has published the following advocacy papers:

• Realising Wellness and Reablement of Ageing Australians: The Enabling Role of Community Transport and Ongoing Need for Block Funding (2020)
• Re-abling Mobility: The Role of Community Transport (2021)
• Support at Home Advocacy (2022)


For more information, or to enquire about membership, please contact Jayne White or phone 03 6208 8553.

Attached for your reference, a copy of ACTA’s last two position papers and I look forward to providing future updates on some exciting developments ACTA is currently working on.

About Australian Community Transport association (ACTA)

ACTA is the national peak body for the community transport sector. We work together as a peak body for the benefit of community transport services across Australia. Founded in February 2011 and comprising representatives from QLD, NSW, TAS, SA, VIC, ACT & WA, ACTA operates with a view to providing a national voice for the community transport sector.