If you’re a New Zealand veteran with severe disability, you may be able to get help with travel costs through a Travel Concession. Travel must be personal travel within New Zealand (North, South, Stewart or Chatham Islands).
There are 3 Travel Concessions, giving different levels of help with travel costs.
Partial Travel Concession
Partial Travel Concession pays half the amount a full concession pays. You can get it if you're on, for a condition directly restricting you using your legs to move around, one of:
- War Disablement Pension — permanent; of at least 55%
- Disablement Pension — permanent; for whole-person impairment of at least 48%
- Permanent Impairment Compensation — Independence Allowance or Lump Sum; for whole-person impairment of at least 48%.
(Conditions that indirectly affect your ability to move around, such as heart/lung conditions, don’t qualify.)
Full Travel Concession
You can get Full Travel Concession if you're on, permanently or for the last 3 years continuously, one of:
- War Disablement Pension of at least 100%; or
- Disablement Pension for at least 75% whole-person impairment
- Permanent Impairment Compensation for whole-person impairment of at least 75%.
Recreational Travel Concession with Escort
You can get Full Travel Concession with Escort if you qualify for Full Travel Concession, and one of these applies:
- medically certified as unfit to travel alone
- totally blind
- lost both legs above the knee
- on (War) Disablement Pension or Permanent Impairment Compensation, for amputation of at least part of a limb.
Full Travel Concession with Escort gives you:
- Full Travel Concession for your own travel costs; and
- help with an escort’s travel costs on public transport journeys.
How to access it
Veterans' Independence Programme, which includes Travel Concessions, supports veterans to live at home independently. When assessing you for this programme, we’ll assess you for Travel Concession as well as for other support under the programme.
Contact us and ask to speak to a case manager, if you’re not on a Travel Concession and think you may qualify.
If your situation changes
You can’t lose your Travel Concession just by transferring from your War Disablement Pension to a payment under the current Act, such as Disablement Pension. Even if the transfer puts you at less than:
- 75% whole-person impairment, you’ll keep your Full Travel Concession when you transfer
- 48% whole-person impairment, you’ll keep your Partial Travel Concession when you transfer.
But if your situation changes in other ways that mean you no longer qualify for your concession, you’ll stop getting it. For example, if you’re on Full Travel Concession with Escort but become fit to travel alone:
- you’ll no longer be covered for an escort’s travel; but
- may still get Full Travel Concession (for your own travel).
We must get your claim after the travel, but by the end of the following calendar month.
- Statutory declaration (Travel Concession) [PDF, 218 KB] — for first $200 private-vehicle travel in calendar year.
- Claim form (Travel Concession) [PDF, 255 KB] — for all other claims.
We'll need the following evidence:
- public transport — ticket
- air travel — ticket & receipt
- private-vehicle travel (first $200 in calendar year) — completed statutory declaration form
- private-vehicle travel (after first $200) — ticket fuel receipts at journey's beginning & end.
Contact us (external link) and ask to speak to a case manager if, for exceptional reasons, you can't send this evidence. In certain situations, we may accept other evidence.
Dispensation form (Travel Concession) [PDF, 131 KB]: if you can't send the standard evidence, because of an exceptional situation.
- Factsheet (Travel Concession) [PDF, 159 KB]: summary for printing
- Travel Allowance: allowance where severe impairment increases day-to-day travel costs
- Transport for Independence: transport services or grants, to help restore independence after injury or illness
- Reviews: your rights if you disagree with our decision about whether you qualify
- Complaints: your rights if unhappy with how we've administered your travel
- Veterans' Support Act (external link) (NZ Legislation website): sections 138–144; and Schedule 1 clauses 3, 12 & 13.