The Aboriginal Funeral Transport “Sorry Business” initiative allows Aboriginal people, particularly those in isolated and disadvantaged communities, to apply for funding for transport costs to attend funerals.
Please note that 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.
The program is a partnership between Transport for NSW and Chandler Macleod Managed Training Services (MTS).
What Assistance Is Available?
Transport for NSW will support 100% of the cost of return tickets for individuals and groups travelling to a funeral using an existing public service e.g. NSW Trains.
No more than 50% of the cost of hiring private transport will be covered, but only for groups of eight or more people travelling in the same vehicle.
Fuel assistance can also be accessed at no more than 50% of the cost. Applications for fuel are managed on a case-by-case basis and will need to be approved by Transport for NSW. Please contact MTS to see if you are eligible to access this service.
The cost of accommodation and meals will not be considered when claiming transport costs.
How To Apply
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, please contact MTS at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
You will be asked to provide evidence of the funeral you will be attending.
If your application is approved, this assistance will only be provided to you twice per calendar year.