Collective agreements

These are the current collective agreements setting out the terms and conditions of employment for principals, teachers and other staff in schools.

Find your collective agreement

Collective agreements covering most employees in the state and state integrated education sector are available below.

You can also access a PDF version once you've selected the link to your relevant collective agreement.

Collective agreement dates

Each collective agreement has a start date and an expiry date, and you can see a list of all agreements covering staff in schools in the state and state-integrated compulsory education sector.

Collective agreement dates

Note about expiry dates

The expiry of a collective agreement does not necessarily mean the end of the agreement. 

Clause 53 of the Employment Relations Act 2000 says an expired collective agreement continues to be endorceable for a further 12 months, provided the union or the employer had, before the expiry date, initated bargaining to replace the agreement.

Clause 53 - Employment Relations Act 2000 (external link)  

Minimum wage rate - effective 1 April 2019

The Minimum Wage Rate increased to $17.70 from 1 April 2019.  Anyone currently paid an hourly rate below the new minimum wage rate will automatically have their pay rate increased to $17.70 per hour from 1 April 2019.

Printed rates in the collective agreements will not change until the current collective agreements expire and a new collective agreement is agreed.

Teachers’ collective agreements

Primary Teachers' Collective Agreement
Effective 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2022

Secondary Teachers' Collective Agreement
Effective 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2022

Area School Teachers' Collective Agreement
Effective 1 July 2019 30 June 2022

Adult and Community Education Staff in Schools' Collective Agreement
Effective 28 January 2020 to 27 January 2022

Kindergarten Teachers, Head Teachers and Senior Teachers' Collective Agreement
Effective 12 July 2019 to 11 July 2022

Te Aho o te Kura Pounamu Early Childhood Teachers' Collective Agreement
Effective 22 November 2018 to 21 November 2021

Principals’ collective agreements

Primary Principals' Collective Agreement
Effective 26 August 2019 to 25 August 2022

Secondary Principals' Collective Agreement
Effective 2 September 2019 to 1 September 2022

Area School Principals' Collective Agreement
Effective 6 September 2019 to 5 September 2022

Other staff collective agreements

Support Staff in Schools’ Collective Agreement
Effective 13 December 2019 to 6 February 2022

School Caretakers', Cleaners' and Canteen Staff Collective Agreement
Effective 11 December 2019 to 11 February 2022

Secondary and Area School Groundstaff Collective Agreement
Effective 19 May 2017 to 28 January 2019

Kaiarahi i te Reo, Therapists', ATSSD, Special Education Assistants' Collective Agreement
Effective 13 December 2019 to 6 February 2022

Special Residential Schools' Collective Agreement
Effective 28 February 2019 to 27 February 2021

Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu Specialist and Support Staff Collective Agreement
Effective 17 December 2019 to 16 December 2021

The collective agreement for Groundstaff employed by secondary and area schools is under current negotiation. If you have a new employee starting this work, please contact for assistance with their employment agreement.

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