Volunteering WA Advocacy Success - Change to requirements for Volunteer Passenger Transport Drivers

25/03/2021

Change to requirements for Volunteer Passenger Transport Drivers

Summary of issue

New legislation which came into effect from 2020 required some volunteer Passenger Transport Drivers (PTD) to undertake the following to continue in these roles:

  • Pay an application fee to the Department of Transport ($28)
  • Provide a current National Police Clearance ($15.70)
  • Provide a commercial grade medical assessment ($150-$300)
  • Pay an annual licensing fee ($88).

 A large number of organisations and volunteers were adversely impacted by these changes and were considering ceasing community transport programs or volunteering as a result.

Volunteering WA advocacy activities

After engaging with the sector on the impacts the legislation would have, Volunteering WA met with the Department of Transport and raised the issue with the Minister for Volunteering through the Volunteering Community Reference Group and in our State Election Platform.

As a result of our advocacy, the Department of Transport has agreed to seek approval from the WA State Government to prescribe in regulations that:

Volunteers driving for a community transport service do not require a PTD authorisation.

This highlights the value of volunteers and volunteering to our community and recognition of the need to reduce unnecessary financial and administrative barriers.  The change has been welcomed by VIOs and volunteers.   

Volunteering WA would like to thank our members and partners who worked with us to advocate for this change.  We will continue to work with Government to finalise and communicate the regulatory changes in the coming months.  

Please contact VIOHelp@volunteeringwa.org.au if further information is required.