Health Workforce Development Fund

Information about the Health Workforce New Zealand Development Fund, the application process and key dates.

About the HWNZ Development Fund

To ensure that the health workforce can help achieve the best outcomes for all New Zealanders in the future, Health Workforce New Zealand (HWNZ) needs to strategically invest in training to meet future health needs.

HWNZ's funding of post-entry workforce training is an important means of giving the health workforce the essential knowledge, skills experience and qualifications to provide care that meets changing population needs in a changing world.

The Health Workforce Development Fund encourages the heath workforce to achieve the best outcomes for all New Zealanders in the future. The development fund aims to strategically invest in innovative workforce development and training initiatives that meet future health needs.

We are looking for initiatives that meet the following priority areas for investment:

  • focus on equity and need
  • enable more innovative and participatory models of care
  • are founded on professional and service collaboration, and inform practice development and intelligence in more than one area.

Decisions for this new fund will be underpinned by the Quadruple Aim of:

  •  improving the quality, safety and patient experience of care
  •  improving the health and equity for all populations
  • obtaining the best value for public health system resources
  • enhancing a healthy and productive workforce.

Latest update

Thank you to all of you who have made a submission to the Health Workforce New Zealand (HWNZ) Development Fund Registration of Interest (ROI). The high quantity we received is strong recognition of the importance of workforce development within New Zealand.

We are progressing the evaluation of the applications. The individual evaluations have been completed for the 149 responses and there is a moderation process currently being completed to identify the proposals which will proceed to the next phase of the procurement process, a closed tender Request for Proposal (RFP).


We received 149 submissions and we acknowledge that it's taking some time to work through this process and want to apologise for the delays. We now anticipate responding in the New Year, advising respondents if they're moving through to the next stage. 

Future rounds and steps

We will provide another update via both GETS (to the applicants) and to our stakeholder distribution list in early 2019.

If you would like to receive updates from Health Workforce New Zealand please email and ask to be added to the distribution list.

Thank you again for your support and patience through this process. While we understand that we are behind the timelines originally communicated, we know that it is important that we apply our approach consistently and fairly.

Evaluation Panel

The Ministry is establishing the external evaluation panel for the RFP stage and will shortly ask you for nominations for sector representatives for this panel. We will publish the skills required and the process to nominate people for consideration.

Have a question?

If you need more information about the Health Workforce New Zealand Development fund,email

If you would like to receive updates from Health Workforce New Zealand please email and ask to be added to the distribution list.

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