IPTAAS provides financial assistance towards the travel and accommodation expenses of those needing to travel long distances for specialist medical treatment. 

If you're registered with IPTAAS, and can't pay an upcoming treatment's expenses, you may be eligible to request an advance payment for your IPTAAS travel claim.


To be eligible for an IPTAAS advance payment, you must:

  • have a current pensioner or health care card
  • be a resident of NSW or Lord Howe Island
  • be eligible for Medicare
  • live more than 100km from the nearest treating specialist, or the combined trips to and from a specialist would be more than 200km a week
  • require specialist treatment that is not available locally
  • not be eligible for any other government travel assistance schemes
  • not be claiming expenses under Workers Compensation
  • not hold a gold Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) card.

IPTAAS doesn't cover:

  • clinical trials and unproven medical treatments
  • health screening programs
  • general dentistry.

To make sure that you have all the information and documentation you need to complete this transaction, please visit NSW Health.

What you need

  • your personal details
  • Medicare card number
  • details of your escort (if applicable)
  • your Centrelink benefit number, or a photocopy of your pensioner card
  • the bank account details of where you want the payment transferred to
  • the details of your treatment (appointment time, place of treatment, specialist name, mode of transport)
  • the PDF form – IPTAAS advance payment form.

If this is the first time you're filling out an advance payment form, or you're visiting a different specialist, you'll also need to submit an IPTAAS doctor referral form certified by your doctor or authorised representative.

How to apply

  1. Check the eligibility requirements.
  2. Complete the IPTAAS advance payment form – PDF.
  3. Complete the IPTAAS doctor referral form – PDF (if applicable).
  4. Visit a service centre and submit your request.

More information

  • You'll need to submit your IPTAAS travel claim form, together with copies of transport tickets, tax invoices and receipts within 6 weeks of your appointment date.
  • Prior approval is required for advance flight bookings.
  • If you're not a pensioner or health care card holder, $30 will be deducted from your claim.