Staffing Incentive Allowance

You’ll be paid a Staffing Incentive Allowance if you’re a teacher or principal employed in a school that the Ministry has identified as needing additional support for recruitment or retention. These are also sometimes called ‘hard to staff schools’.

About the allowance

An allowance of $1000 per annum is paid to teachers and principals appointed in eligible schools. These are schools that the Ministry has defined as having serious staffing difficulties and/or because of location.

Eligible schools may be changed by the Ministry as needs change. This won’t happen more than once a year, and only after consultation with employee representatives.

Staffing Incentive Allowance – Eligible schools

Primary principals

The staffing incentive allowance is set out in clause 6.2.4 of the collective agreement.

Clause 6.2.4 – Primary Principals’ Collective Agreement (external link)

Before you apply for the allowance, check if your school is eligible.

Staffing Incentive Allowance – Eligible schools

If it is, complete the following application form and email it to:

employment.relations@education.govt.nz

Staffing Incentive Allowance Application form: Serious staffing difficulties - Primary, Intermediate and Special Schools [DOC, 70 KB] 

Primary teachers

The staffing incentive allowance is set out in clause 3.16.1 of the collective agreement.

Clause 3.16.1 – Primary Teachers’ Collective Agreement (external link)

Before you apply for the allowance check if your school is eligible.

Staffing Incentive Allowance – Eligible schools

If it is, complete the following application form and email it to:

employment.realtions@education.govt.nz

Staffing Incentive Allowance Application form: Serious staffing difficulties - Primary, Intermediate and Special Schools [DOC, 70 KB]

Secondary teachers

The staffing incentive allowance is set out in clause 4.12 of the collective agreement.

Clause 4.12 – Secondary Teachers’ Collective Agreement (external link)

Before you apply for the allowance check if your school is eligible.

Staffing Incentive Allowance – Eligible schools

If it is, complete the following application form and email it to:

employment.relations@education.govt.nz

Staffing incentive allowance application form: Serious staffing difficulties - Secondary and Area Schools [DOC, 81 KB]

Area school teachers

The staffing incentive allowance is set out in clause 3.20 of the collective agreement.

Clause 3.20 – Area School Teachers’ Collective Agreement

Before you apply for the allowance check if your school is eligible.

Staffing Incentive Allowance – Eligible schools

If it is, complete the following application form and email it to:

employment.relations@education.govt.nz

Staffing incentive allowance application form: Serious staffing difficulties - Secondary and Area Schools [DOC, 81 KB]

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