In-Between Travel changes
Between October 2014 and March 2015 support workers were given the opportunity to vote on the In-Between Travel Agreement settlement which was negotiated between providers, unions, funders and government.
Votes have been counted and the majority have indicated support for the agreement to pay support workers the following:
- a new travel time payment to cover travel between clients effective from 1 July 2015
- a new national minimum mileage rate of 50 cents per km effective from 1 March 2016.
Other parts of the agreement include:
- provided there is enough funding, the intent is to increase the 50 cents per km funding for travel costs to a minimum of 60 cents per km at a later date
- work by a wide group of experts to look at a way support workers can be guaranteed hours, fair and safe workloads, and wages that recognise qualifications.
Financial disadvantage and exceptional travel
- Providers, unions and funders are committed to ensuring there will be no financial disadvantage as a result of moving to the new system.
- Payment is non-taxable allowance of $0.50 per kilometre (with the exception being the first trip of the day – travel to the first visit is not included). The $0.50 payment is based on average travel distance across the sector (not actual travel distance).
- The criteria for exceptional travel has been jointly developed by employers, unions, and funders. This can be found in the document IBT Information for Providers and Funders.
In-between Travel Agreement – Questions and Answers
Why did the In-Between Travel Agreement happen?
The PSA took a case to the Employment Relations Authority on behalf of a home support worker to argue that time spent traveling between clients is work, and they should therefore be paid at least the minimum wage rate for that time. As a result of the pending case, the Minister of Health established discussions with the Ministry of Health, home and community support providers, the unions and the district health boards to see if they could reach agreement on how to solve this issue.
In August 2014 these parties signed the In-Between Travel Agreement. As part of the agreement the unions and employers asked all home and community support workers to vote on whether they supported the agreement.
For further information please visit the In-between Travel Settlement section.