The Guides to Social Policy Law is a collection of publications designed to assist decision makers administering social policy law. The information contained in this publication is intended only as a guide to relevant legislation/policy. The information is accurate as at the date listed at the bottom of the page, but may be subject to change. To discuss individual circumstances please contact Services Australia. Mobility allowance (MOB) - description

What is MOB

MOB provides financial assistance to help with transport costs for people with disabilities or illnesses who are unable to use public transport without substantial assistance (1.1.S.380).

MOB is not payable to people who have been provided with a car from the DVA under the Vehicle Assistance Scheme or the Motor Vehicle Compensation Scheme or who receive a funded package of support provided by the National Disability Insurance Agency.

How MOB is paid

MOB is a flat rate payment indexed annually in line with CPI increases, either at the standard rate or the higher rate depending on the recipient's qualifying activities. Payments are made fortnightly.

Supplementary assistance

MOB recipients who do not already hold a PCC or HCC associated with an income support payment are automatically issued a HCC.

Background information

MOB was introduced in 1983. The higher rate of MOB was introduced on 1 July 2006 as part of Welfare to Work.

Act reference: SSAct section 1035 Qualification for MOB (rate specified in subsection 1044(1))

Policy reference: SS Guide Qualification for MOB, MOB - current rates

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