School staffing

Each year, an Education (School Staffing) Order in Council is made under section 91H of the Education Act 1989 (external link)

The order establishes the entitlements and limitations on staffing for schools. Teachers’ collective agreements also help determine some staffing provisions.

You can use the school staffing calculator (external link) to estimate your school’s staffing entitlement.

School staffing consists of entitlement staffing, and some or all of the following.

  • Special education staffing — Ongoing Resourcing Scheme (ORS)
  • Additional staffing 
  • Staffing transfers 
  • Teacher-specific staffing allowances 
  • Staffing for attached units or attached teachers

Your board of trustees can also employ teachers from operational funding and any funds your school raises locally.

In this section

Entitlement staffing

About the entitlement staffing your school receives each year for employing teachers and its components, including curriculum staffing, management staffing, guidance staffing, salary units, and senior and middle management allowances.

Employing teachers from operational funding

Rules for employing teachers from operational funding.

Banking staffing

How to time the use of your staffing entitlement, including the rules you must follow, and how to monitor your usage of banking staffing.

The staffing cycle

Summary of the school staffing cycle, and information about the provisional staffing round, the provisional roll review, 1 March confirmation process and permanent appointments.

Surplus staffing support for reduction in staffing entitlement

What to do if you get a reduction in your staffing entitlement - information, criteria and timelines for surplus staffing support.

Staffing queries

Contact us for help with staffing entitlements, allowances, and processes.

Staffing allowances

Teacher-specific staffing allowances and additional staffing.

Staffing transfers

Staffing transfer agreements for making use of specialist staff in other schools, including new and recurring agreements, and updating and ending agreements.


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