Requirements for Boards of Trustees of Decile 1-7 Schools and Kura Choosing To Opt In To the Donations Scheme

Section 33 of the Education and Training Act 2020 states that every person who is not an international student is entitled to free enrolment and free education at any State school during the period beginning on the person’s fifth birthday and ending on 1 January after the person’s 19th birthday.

About the Government’s School Donations Scheme

From the 2020 school year as part of the donations scheme, Decile 1-7 state and state-integrated schools are able to choose to receive a $150 per student, per year payment if they agree not to ask parents and caregivers for donations, except for overnight camps.

If the Board of Trustees decide not opt in to the donations scheme, Boards may seek donations toward the cost of curriculum delivery, but cannot compel payment for items that are part of this.

Requirements for Schools and Kura That Opt In To the Scheme

Schools must not seek donations

  • Boards of Trustees of schools and kura that opt in to the donations scheme will not be able to ask parents for any donations, except for overnight camps.
  • This means Boards of schools and kura that opt-in must not ask students’ families and whānau for donations, except for overnight camps.
  • Boards can still require payment for items or services that are extra-curricular.

Decisions must be transparent

  • Boards of Trustees are encouraged to consult with their school communities and reflect their views when making decisions about whether to opt-in to the scheme or not, and to let your parent communities know your final decision.
  • Boards of schools and kura wanting to opt-in must make the decision each year. It is not possible to opt-in for multiple years.

Schools are subject to monitoring and compliance

  • Boards of schools and kura must notify the Ministry if they want to opt in to the scheme.
  • The Ministry will provide advice and guidance to support the governance, management and operation of the scheme, including requirements.
  • The Ministry will monitor and intervene where there is evidence of a breach of the scheme.
  • Boards of schools and kura must provide information to the Ministry on request.
  • If a Board of a school or kura breaches the scheme’s requirements, the Ministry may withdraw it from the scheme and/or stop it from joining in future years.
  • Where there is a breach, the Ministry may reduce future funding payments made to the Board of a school or kura to recover the funding provided under the scheme.

Payment Types

There are three types of payments made to schools and kura by families and whānau:

Type  Description
Donations
  • Boards of schools and kura opting in to the donations scheme will receive $150 (excl. GST) per student for that year in exchange for not seeking donations (except for overnight camps)
  • Boards of schools and kura opting in to the scheme cannot ask students’ families/whānau for donations, unless the Minister gazettes an exemption
  • Boards of schools and kura opting in to the scheme can receive unsolicited donations if families and whānau – or anyone else – wants to give to the school or kura
  • If families/whānau or any other organisations want to give a donation, GST is not payable and donation tax credits can be claimed
Purchase of goods and services
  • All purchases/signups are voluntary and cannot be compelled
  • If a purchase is agreed, payment can be enforced
  • GST is payable
  • Donation tax credits cannot be claimed
Attendance dues
  • These are compulsory for students attending state integrated schools or kura, regardless of whether the school or kura opts in to the donations scheme
  • Attendance dues are paid to the proprietor of a state integrated school or kura
  • Payment can be enforced and GST is payable. Donation tax credits cannot be claimed
  • State integrated schools and kura cannot increase the maximum level of attendance dues without the approval of the Minister of Education

Further Information

Examples for Decile 1-7 Schools/Kura opting in to the Donations Scheme

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