Voluntary Bonding Scheme Terms and Conditions and Payment Application

Eligible health professionals who have registered and been accepted to the Scheme, and who have worked in an eligible hard-to-staff community, specialty or profession (abiding by the Terms and Conditions of their intake year) can generally apply for payments after three, four and five years.

COVID-19 Update for Scheme participants: Applying for payments via email

When applying for payments after three, four- or five-years’ service, Scheme participants may now apply for payments online, via email.

If applying by email, the application form and supporting documents should be supplied in PDF (*.pdf) format and attached to a single email which should be sent to vbs@health.govt.nz

If you wish you may instead post your application and supporting documents to:

Voluntary Bonding Scheme
Ministry of Health
PO Box 5013
Wellington 6140

If you still have a student loan but your household is facing financial hardship due the impact of COVID-19, please describe this in your email/application and provide verification of your bank account and we will consider making any resulting payment directly to your bank account (noting that IRD may ask you to contribute some of it as a compulsory student loan payment at the end of the current tax year).


Terms and Conditions for the intake years are listed below, and forms to apply for payments after at least three years on the scheme can also be downloaded from this page. Please ensure that you consult the Terms and Conditions and use the payment application form that relates to your intake year.


Terms and Conditions

2021 intake (2020 graduates) terms and conditions

Terms and Conditions documents for the 2021 Intake of the Scheme will appear on this website in due course, before the 2021 Registration period opens.

2020 intake (2019 graduates) terms and conditions

More information regarding the 2020 Intake, including statistics on the confirmed registrants can be found on the 2020 Intake page.

2019 intake (2018 graduates) terms and conditions

2018 intake (2017 graduates) terms and conditions

2017 intake (2016 graduates) terms and conditions

2016 intake (2015 graduates) terms and conditions

2015 intake (2014 graduates) terms and conditions

2014 intake (2013 graduates) terms and conditions

2013 intake (2012 graduates) terms and conditions

2012 intake (2011 graduates) terms and conditions

2009 - 2011 intakes

Those who registered for the 2009 to 2011 intakes of the Scheme ought to have already completed the bonded terms and exited the Scheme. If you have any queries, please contact us at vbs@health.govt.nz.


Payment application forms

A guide to applying for payments, and payment application forms for your profession and intake year can be found below.

Read the form thoroughly and include all of the required information alongside the application form. This will reduce any delays in processing your application. If your application is incomplete, you will be contacted via email regarding the required information/documents.

Tax

Your tax obligations depend on your employment status. More information can be found in the application for payment form.

Voluntary bonding payments are subject to income tax, and may affect your provisional tax, Working for Families and child support payments. The Ministry of Health suggests that you seek independent advice on how the payment will affect your tax position. Check the Inland Revenue Department website or call 0800 227 774.

2018, 2019 and 2020 Intake payment application forms

  • 2020 intake payment application forms will become available on this website in January 2023
  • 2019 intake payment application forms will become available on this website in January 2022
  • 2018 intake payment application forms will become available on this website in January 2021

2017 Intake (2016 graduates) payment application forms

2016 Intake (2015 graduates) payment application forms

2015 Intake (2014 graduates) payment application forms

2014 Intake (2013 graduates) payment application forms

2013 Intake (2012 graduates) payment application forms

2012 Intake (2011 graduates) payment application forms

2009 - 2011 Intakes

Those who registered for the 2009 to 2011 intakes of the Scheme ought to have already completed the bonded terms and exited the Scheme. If you have any queries, please contact us at vbs@health.govt.nz.

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