If you're a veteran with significant impairment, Travel Allowance may be able to help you meet day-to-day travel needs. It's an allowance to help with the extra costs you may have for errands such as shopping.
It's under the Veterans' Independence Programme, which supports severely impaired veterans to stay independent in their homes.
To get Travel Allowance, you must be on one of these (permanently, or for the last 3 years continuously):
- War Disablement Pension of at least 100%
- Disablement Pension for whole-person impairment of at least 75%
- Permanent Impairment Compensation for whole-person impairment of at least 75%.
One of these must also apply:
- some of that pension or compensation is for loss of at least part of a limb
- you’re totally blind
- you’re medically assessed as unfit to travel alone.
Assessment of needs
You must also be assessed as needing Travel Allowance. We’ll assess you as needing it if you have to meet extra travel costs so as to:
- do day-to-day errands (such as shopping and paying bills); and
- stay independent in your home.
Payment of allowance
Travel Allowance gives you:
- $25.41 per fortnight (paid fortnightly within New Zealand, 4-weekly if overseas)
- help with costs of a travel escort, if you need one.
Veterans’ Independence Programme may be able to give help (where needed) with these things too:
- adaptive clothing and footwear
- home adaptations (for ramps or rails)
- home help (such as housework)
- home and section upkeep
- medical alarms
- short-term attendant care (such as basic foot care including nail clipping)
- recreational travel within New Zealand (Travel Concession).
- Travel Concession: personal travel funding where service-related impairment is severe, or directly & significantly restricts lower-body mobility
- Medical Travel: travel for assessment, treatment & rehabilitation
- Social Rehabilitation: support back toward social independence (may include transport services or grants)
- Complaints: your rights if unhappy with how we've administered your travel
- Veterans' Support Act (external link) (NZ Legislation website): section 140; and Schedule 1 clauses 12–13