Non-Emergency Patient Transport (NEPT)

NEPT Services

Non-emergency patient transport (NEPT) is for patients who require basic clinical care and observation during transport, but do not have a time critical condition.  Patients must be clinically stable and their medical condition be unlikely to deteriorate during transport. Patients typically require a stretcher or wheelchair and are unsuitable for other methods of transport.

Most NEPT transfers occur between hospitals, or between home and hospital. Some aged care patients may also be transported to and from specialist health appointments or rehabilitation.

A registered medical practitioner, registered nurse, registered paramedic, or the State Communications Centre of Ambulance Tasmania must assess and determine the patient’s eligibility for NEPT prior to being transported.  Patients eligible for NEPT will:

  • require basic clinical care and observation
  • be clinically stable
  • have an illness or a disability that makes it impractical to use any other form of transport; for example, severe immobility or disorientation.

NEPT services are booked for the patient by the sending facility, being a private hospital, nursing home, GP clinic or other health care service.  NEPT services cannot be privately booked by the patient as assessment by a health care professional is required prior to transport.

The regulatory system for private NEPT providers aims to ensure a high standard of operational and clinical governance are in place, to ensure safe, high-quality NEPT services and minimise patient risk.

To operate an NEPT business in Tasmania, approval must be sought and granted by the Secretary of the Department of Health, under the Ambulance Service Act 1982 (the Act).  All licences are issued under s.35F of the Act and are subject to the conditions of the NEPT Licence Schedule, and any additional conditions prescribed in the Ambulance Service (Non-emergency Patient Transport) Regulations 2019 (the NEPT Regulations) for the period that the licence remains in force.  (The NEPT Regulations become operational on 1 December 2019.)

Licences issued prior to 1 December 2019 will be subject to variation by the Secretary to align licence conditions with the NEPT Regulations.  If there is any inconsistency between conditions in the Licence Schedule and conditions in the NEPT Regulations, the NEPT Regulations will prevail to the extent of the inconsistency.

To apply for an NEPT licence or to vary or renew an existing NEPT licence, please complete the appropriate form provided on the right.  Each licence is publicly available, by clicking on the name of the service in the below list.

There are currently five licensed providers of NEPT services in Tasmania.  These providers are:

Any concerns about the safety or quality of NEPT services or a breach of licence conditions can be provided to the Regulation Unit at nept@health.tas.gov.au


NEPT Regulatory Requirements

The Ambulance Service (Non-emergency Patient Transport) Regulations 2019 includes:

  • Provisions specifying requirements for assessment of patients as suitable for NEPT
  • Requirements for staff qualifications and experience
  • Requirements for standards of vehicles and vehicle equipment
  • Requirements for service providers to have comprehensive clinical governance arrangements
  • Requirements for professional indemnity and public liability insurance
  • Requirements for record keeping
  • Requirements for incident reporting
  • Provisions for licence fees
  • Provisions for on-the-spot fines where regulations are breached.

For further details, refer to the forms and advisories on the right of this page.

Under the new Regulations, the Secretary-approved Patient Assessment Record (Form 10A) and Patient Care Record (Form 10B) are to be used for private NEPT cases.  (Copies are required to be provided at patient handover - hard copy forms in triplicate are available from the Department of Health).  A Patient Assessment Flow Chart and a Decision-Making Checklist for Patient Assessment are also available.

A standard Incident Report Form (Form 9) is required to be used for all incidents.  Please note the incident reporting requirements in the attached Incident Reporting Flow Chart.

General advisories on NEPT requirements, suitable for printing and circulation to staff, have been prepared for NEPT providers, referring/receiving facilities and Ambulance Tasmania.

Powerpoint presentations suitable for in-house training are also available, for NEPT providers and for referring/receiving facilities (private hospitals, day procedure centres and residential aged care facilities).

NEPT Forms

Form 1  NEPT New Licence Application

Form 2  Statutory Declaration

Form 3  Fitness and Probity Check

Form 4  Conviction Check Consent

Form 5  Clinical Governance Checklist

Form 6  NEPT Licence Renewal Application

Form 7  NEPT Licence Variation Application

Form 9  Reportable Incidents Form

Form 10A Patient Assessment Record (sample only)

Form 10B Patient Care Record (sample only)

Form 12 NEPT Provider Checklist for IFC

Form 13 NEPT Licence Application Assessment


NEPT Advisories

Advisory 01: NEPT (for private NEPT services)

Advisory 02: NEPT (for referring facilities)

Advisory 03: NEPT (for AT)


NEPT Education

NEPT Incident Reporting Flow Chart

NEPT Patient Criteria and Assessment Flow Chart

NEPT Non-eligible Patient Flow Chart

NEPT Booking Flow Chart

Decision-Making Checklist for Patient Assessment


If you have any issues accessing these attachments or require a different format, contact the Regulation Unit at (03) 6166 3856 or nept@health.tas.gov.au