Review of the National Travel Assistance Policy 2017-2018

Information about the review of the NTA Policy and Scheme.

Latest updates:

Updates on Implementation of the Review Recommendations - at Sept 2019

On 15 July 2019, the Ministry took a paper to the national DHB planning and funding managers meeting, which outlines timeframes for the implementation of the first group of recommendations, intended to improve the current scheme. Estimated timeframes for the implementation of these recommendations are as below.

  • Update the Guidance document, to include information on best practice for registration and claiming (recommendations 1 and 3 in the Policy Recommendations Report) –October 2019.
  • Provide education and support to coordinators and others administering the scheme (recommendation 2) – March 2020.
  • Data review (recommendation 4) – June 2020.
  • Consider automation of registration and claiming (recommendation 5) – End 2021.

Planning and funding managers also decided that the implementation of recommendations 6 and 7 (DHBs considering brokerage/navigation roles and reviewing their processes for commissioning travel and accommodation services) should be delayed. These are likely to be considered with the second group of recommendations at a date to be determined.

NTA Scheme: Policy Recommendations Report Published - 27 February 2019

In October 2018, the Ministry of Health finished its draft report summarising the findings of the National Travel Assistance (NTA) Scheme Review, and making recommendations for its improvement.

The final report was released on 27 February 2019.

You can read the announcement at Report examines National Travel Assistance Scheme.

You can download the final document at The National Travel Assistance Scheme: Policy Recommendations Report.

Our next steps will be planning for the implementation of the first set of recommendations in the report, those to make immediate improvements to the way the current scheme works.

In the meantime, the review email address, NTAPReview@health.govt.nz, will remain open to receive emails while we are in the planning stages.

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