Tairangi School Travel  Policy

                                                NAG 4 Finance and Property

Introduction

  1. The Board agrees that it has a responsibility to ensure that travel expenditure incurred by the School must clearly be linked to the business of the School.  The Board has agreed on the fundamental principles of this Policy, and has delegated responsibility for the implementation and monitoring of this Policy to the Principal.
  2. The Board requires the Principal, as the chief executive and the Board’s most senior employee, to implement and manage this Policy. The Principal may, from time to time, further delegate some of their responsibilities, and all such delegations must be attached as appendices to this policy.

Principles

  1. The Board agrees to ensure that:

Process for Making Travel Arrangements

  1. Under no circumstances may any staff member approve their own travel.
  2. All booking for international and domestic travel is to be conducted through the School’s normal purchase procedures.  This includes the booking of accommodation, flights and rental cars.

Travel within New Zealand
  1. The justification for travel within New Zealand must be documented.  It is to be transparent and must relate to a school need.  Travel within New Zealand is to be authorised on a one-up basis (for example the Principal should authorise any travel by the Deputy Principal and the Board should authorise any travel by the Principal).
  2. All domestic air travel is to be economy class.

International Travel
  1. Prior to international travel being undertaken, the traveller must be given a copy of this policy and be required to sign it off to signify that they have read and understood it.
  2. All international travel should be authorised by the Board before it is commenced.  A proposal must be put to the Board detailing the purpose of the trip, the expected benefit to the Board which will arise from the trip and an estimate of the costs of the trip.  The Board will approve the travel in writing.
  3. A the end of the trip overseas, the traveller must prepare a trip report, which details the costs incurred during the trip, activities which took place during the trip and the benefits to the Board and the School of the trip.
  4. All international air travel is to be economy class.
  5. If a staff member has a travel time without a stopover in excess of 20 hours, a rest period of 24 hours before commencing work is permitted.

Accommodation

  1. Staff should opt for good but not superior accommodation, for example Qualmark 2 star accommodation and must be prepared to justify exceptions to this rule to the Board.
  2. Staff who stay privately will be reimbursed on production of receipts, for koha or for the cost of a gift given to the people they have stayed with.  Prior to travel the staff member should receive authorisation for the value of the intended koha/gift.

Vehicles

  1. When using rental cars, staff should opt for good but not superior model vehicles and should be prepared to justify any exceptions to this rule to the Board.
  2. Use of private vehicles is to be approved on a one-up basis and reimbursement will be at the rate specified by the Inland Revenue Department.
  3. If taxis are used, then staff should pay for the taxis out of their own pocket, obtain a receipt and seek reimbursement through petty cash or as part of an expense claim.

Reimbursement of Expenses

  1. The reimbursement for business related travel expenses is on the basis of actual and reasonable costs.  Actual and reasonable expenditure is defined as “the actual cost incurred in the particular circumstance, provided that it is a reasonable minimum charge”.
  2. For travel within New Zealand, actual and reasonable expenses are those incurred above the normal day to day costs.  For example, a staff member would normally incur personal expenditure for lunch on a daily basis and the cost of lunch when travelling should not be reimbursed unless the costs are greater than that normally incurred.
  3. All personal expenditure is to be met by the staff member.  Examples of this are mini bar purchases, in house movies, laundry and private phone call charges are to be paid separately by the travelling staff member.
  4. All receipts must be retained and attached to the travel claim.  The claim is to be authorised on a one-up basis.
  5. For expenditure incurred in New Zealand of value greater than $50 (including GST) there should also be a GST invoice to ensure that GST can be reclaimed by the School.
  6. Authorisation can still be given for expenditure less than $50 where there is no receipt, for example if it is not practical to obtain a receipt or if the receipt is lost.  The expenditure can be reimbursed provided there is no doubt about its nature or the reasons for it.

Discretionary Travel Benefits

  1. Travel benefits, including airpoints and loyalty scheme rewards/points (Flybuys, Global, etc), accrued from official travel are only to be used for subsequent travel on behalf of the School.  They should not be redeemed for personal use.
  2. Staff must travel by the most direct route unless scheduling dictates otherwise.
  3. The School will not meet expenses incurred on behalf of a spouse or travelling companion.  In the event of a person travelling with an employee, a reconciliation of expenses should clearly demonstrate that the School did in no way incur additional expenditure.

Signed ………………………………

Board Chairperson

On behalf of, and with the authority of the Board on …………………………….

Signature Section for International Travellers

I have read and understood this policy and agree to abide by it.

Signed ………………………………  on …………………… ..


File:-NAG4TravelPolicyDRAFT.doc        Travel Policy