Aboriginal Funeral Transport Initiative

About The Initiative

  • 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 mts@chandlermacleod.com 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.