Fairness Fund

This page may be out of date and is under review. We are working to update this information as soon as possible.

For any recent updates on the Fairness Fund please visit the DEDJTR website.

Hardship support

Taxi and hire car licence holders who are facing significant financial hardship as a result of the proposed reforms can now register their interest in applying for assistance through the hardship fund.

The formal application process for the hardship assistance will then commence in November 2016. In the meantime taxi and hire car licence holders will be able to access the following services:

  • a dedicated Hardship Fund Support Line, for further information on hardship support
  • referrals for assistance in applying to the hardship fund
  • contacts for financial advice
  • where appropriate, information on how to access wellbeing support.

For more information on the range of support services available please phone 1800 875 122 between 9:00am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday, or visit www.transport.vic.gov.au/ride-share

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Assistance payments

Licence holders will be eligible for assistance payments for a maximum of two licences.

In most cases, assistance payments will be delivered in installments over a period of eight years. In some cases, licence holders may be eligible to receive some or all of their payments earlier.

Additional information on the application process, including how to apply for consideration for early payment, will be made available shortly.

To be eligible for the payments below, the licence holder must:

  • have held the licence on 15 August 2016, and
  • continue to hold the licence.
Taxi licence types Expiry Zone First licence Second, third and fourth licence
M50 – Metro Taxi WAT Perpetual Metropolitan $100,000 $50,000
M51 – Metro Taxi WAT Perpetual Metropolitan $100,000 $50,000
M80 – Metro Taxi WAT Perpetual Metropolitan $100,000 $50,000
MT – Metro Taxi Perpetual Metropolitan $100,000 $50,000
UT – Urban Taxi prior 2003 Perpetual Urban $100,000 $50,000
UT5 – Urban Taxi WAT Perpetual Urban $100,000 $50,000
UT5 – Urban Taxi WAT prior 2003 Perpetual Urban $100,000 $50,000
RT – Regional Taxi prior 2003 Perpetual Regional $50,000 $25,000
RT5 – Regional WAT prior 2003 Perpetual Regional $50,000 $25,000
RT5 – Regional WAT Taxi Perpetual Regional $50,000 $25,000
C50 – Country WAT Perpetual Country $15,000 $7500
C50 – Country WAT prior 2003 Perpetual Country $15,000 $7500
CT – Country Taxi Perpetual Country $15,000 $7500
CT – Country Taxi prior 2003 Perpetual Country $15,000 $7500
MF – Metropolitan Fixed Term* Fixed Term Metropolitan $33,750 $16,875
UF – Urban Fixed Term* Fixed Term Urban $33,750 $16,875
MF5 – WAT Metropolitan Fixed Term Fixed Term Metropolitan Annual fee rebate
UF5 – Urban WAT Fixed Term Fixed Term Urban
UT5F – Urban Taxi WAT Fixed Term Fixed Term Urban
RT5F – Regional WAT Fixed Term Fixed Term Regional
RTF – Regional Taxi Fixed Term Fixed Term Regional
C50F – Country WAT Fixed Term Fixed Term Country
CTF – Country Taxi Fixed Term Fixed Term Country
MTA – Metro Taxi Annual Annual Metropolitan
MTA5 – Metro Taxi WAT Annual Annual Metropolitan
UTA – Urban Taxi Annual Annual Urban
UTA5 – Urban Taxi WAT Annual Annual Urban
RTA – Regional Taxi Annual Annual Regional
RTA5 – Regional Taxi WAT Annual Annual Regional
CTA – Country Taxi Annual Annual Country
CTA5 – Country Taxi WAT Annual Annual Country
PS – Peak Service Peak Service Metropolitan

*MF and UF (GMTLR conventional licences) that have converted to a MA or UA willl be eligible for transition assistance (note they are currently not paying an administrative fee due to the credits applied until 2022 but as part of the rebate process will be issued with an invoice for an administrative fee).

Hire car licence types Expiry Zone First licence Second, third and fourth licence
MH – Metropolitan Hire Car Licence Perpetual Metro/Urban $25,000 $12,500
CH – Country Hire Car Licence Perpetual Regional/Country $12,500 $6250
SV – Special Purpose Vehicle Licence Perpetual NA $1250 $625

Rebates to annual and peak service licence holders

Renewals of existing licences

Existing annual fee paying licence holders (including peak service licence holders and fixed term licence holders who pay an annual instalment) with annual licence fee renewal payments due from 1 July 2016 onwards will be provided with a rebate for the license fee over the transition period.

  • If a licence holder has already paid their annual fee since 1 July 2016, they will be contacted by the Taxi Services Commission shortly and a rebate will be arranged.
  • If a licence holder has received a renewal notice but has not yet paid the renewal fee, an updated notice will be provided shortly which provides the rebate.
  • If a licence is due to be renewed during the transition period, licence holders will receive an invoice reflecting the application of the rebate when the licence is due to be renewed.

New annual licences

If a licence holder has purchased a new annual licence between 1 July 2016 and 23 August 2016, a rebate will also be made available to the licence holder for this licence. The rebate does not apply to the licence application fee. The licence holder will also be eligible for a rebate when the licence is due to be renewed.

Rebates do not apply to administrative fees associated with licence renewal. These payments will still need to be made to the Taxi Services Commission to ensure the licence remains valid.

There is no limitation on the number of licences a licence holder can receive the rebate for.