Travel support (PTAS)
Patient Travel Assist Scheme Review
KP Health has independently reviewed Tasmania’s Patient Travel Assistance Scheme. The Tasmanian Government has accepted all 35 recommendations provided in the review.
The Department of Health will now work with members of the public, healthcare providers and private sector providers to progress implementation of the recommendations across 2022-2023.
PTAS changes commencing 1 January 2023
In response to the PTAS Review the following changes will apply for eligible travel commencing from 1 January 2023:
- Eligible concession card holders will no longer pay the patient contribution rate of $16.50.
- New rates of travel subsidy will apply as described in the table below.
Private vehicle subsidy
$0.24 per km
Accommodation subsidy (Tasmania)
Up to $76 per night
Accommodation subsidy (interstate)
Up to $98 per night
What is the Patient Travel Assistance Scheme (PTAS)?
If you live in Tasmania and need financial support with travel and/or accommodation to receive your medical treatment or care, there is help available. This is called the Patient Travel Assistance Scheme (PTAS).
PTAS provides financial assistance with travel and/or accommodation costs for Tasmanian residents to access a range of specialist medical services, where these services are not available locally.
This is an assistance scheme only and you are expected to make a patient contribution.
Qualifying for the Patient Travel Assistance Scheme
You can receive financial help for travel and/or accommodation if you must travel from a certain distance from where you normally live. There are different distances for different types of medical treatment.
- If you live more than 50 kilometres (one way) to the nearest oncology or dialysis treatment centre
- If you live more than 75 kilometres (one way) to the nearest appropriate specialist medical service
- more than 75 kilometres (one way) to access lymphoedema treatment
- You can only receive financial support for interstate treatment if it is unavailable in Tasmania.
- be a Tasmanian permanent resident;
- be travelling by the least expensive form of transport;
- have a PTAS application form signed by your referring medical specialist, oral/maxillofacial surgeon or rural GP referring you to the nearest appropriate specialist;
- be receiving treatment claimable under Medicare from a recognised medical specialist; and
- not be entitled to financial assistance through another scheme e.g. Motor Accident Insurance Board (MAIB), Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), Workers Compensation, or other compensable schemes.
What are my responsibilities in applying for PTAS?
It is your responsibility to:
- submit the PTAS application form to your local PTAS Office as soon as the application form is completed by your referring medical specialist or rural GP;
- ensure Section C of the PTAS application form is completed by the nominated specialist;
- travel and attend any medical appointment as arranged;
- give adequate notice if unable to travel; and
- provide up-to-date contact details and bank account details if payment of the subsidy is expected.
Costs of PTAS
Learn about costs for:
- travelling within Tasmania
- travelling outside of Tasmania
- how much we will pay for travel and accommodation, and how much you will pay.
Frequently asked questions
Applying for the Patient Travel Assistance Scheme (PTAS)
- Download the PTAS Application Form or visit your local PTAS Office or Service Tasmania shop.
- Please fill in all applicable information in the application form correctly. Incomplete or inaccurate information will lead to delay in the process.
- Submit your applications by email, fax, post or deliver in person to your local PTAS office.
- You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer to fill out and submit the form online.
How to submit your application by email
- Complete the form by typing directly into the boxes provided.
- Save the completed form with a new file name – Patient's first name_Patient's last name.
- Choose the ‘Print Form’ button to prepare a copy for your records.
- Click the ‘Submit by Email’ to send the completed form.
How to submit your application by fax, post or in-person
- Choose the ‘Print Form’ button to print an application form
- Complete the form
- Fax or post or bring the completed form to your local PTAS office
PTAS Office locations and contact details
Royal Hobart Hospital
C/- K Block
Phone: 03 6166 8225
Fax: 03 6173 0321
Switchboard Phone: 03 6166 8308
|Launceston General Hospital||
Charles Street, Launceston 7250
Phone: 03 6777 6249
Fax: 03 6777 5238
Switchboard Phone: 03 6777 6777
|North West Regional Hospital||
North West Regional Hospital
C/ Parkside Building
Strahan Street, Burnie 7320
Phone: 03 6477 7734
Fax: 03 6434 6998
Switchboard Phone: 03 6493 6000
Other PTAS Coordinators
Devonport Community and Health Services Centre
23 Steele Street, Devonport 7310
Phone: 03 6478 6177
West Coast District Hospital
60–64 Orr Street, Queenstown 7467
Rosebery Community Health Centre
Murchison Highway, Rosebery 7470
Phone: 03 6495 1570
Smithton District Hospital
74 Brittons Road, Smithton 7330
Phone: 03 6478 9520
King Island Hospital and Health Centre
31 Edward Street Currie, King Island 7256
Phone: 03 6462 9900
Where can I find out more?
To discuss PTAS eligibility requirements or benefits, please call your nearest PTAS Coordinator.
You can also get information from:
- Service Tasmania
- Primary Health Facilities.