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The new taxi drivers program is designed to help the taxi industry to recruit Tasmanians to become taxi drivers. The financial support through a grant is intended to cover the costs associated with entry into the industry as a taxi driver.

1What is offered?

  • Taxi networks and operators can apply for grants based on the number of new drivers they think can be reasonably identified up to 10 new drivers.
  • The value of the grant will be between $600 for one new driver, and $6 000 for 10 new drivers to cover the costs of entry into the taxi industry
  • Taxi operators and taxi network business can apply for a grant amount based on the number of new drivers they think can reasonably be identified, up to the maximum of 10 per operator/network business
  • The fund is limited to a total of $60 000.

2Eligibility criteria

The taxi network or operator must:

  • have an ABN
  • be registered for GST if the business has a GST turnover (gross income from all businesses minus GST) of $75 000 per year or more
  • be operating in Tasmania, and
  • if a taxi operator, hold passenger transport service operator accreditation.

If deemed eligible and offered a grant, recipients will be required to agree to:

  • directly engage the new taxi driver and be able to guarantee at least three full shifts per week, and
  • not charge the new taxi driver any direct or indirect costs or charges in connection with making or lodging the application for the grant.

4Application period?

The program will be delivered in two rounds:

  • with the first round between 15 February 2022 and 8 March 2022, and the second round between 1 June 2022 and 22 June 2022 and
  • with the second round will distribute funds not allocated in the first round. If the funding limit is reached before the closing date(s), no further applications will be accepted.