Collective agreements

Access the current collective agreements and their relevant key-dates.

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  • All staff
  • Boards
  • Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu
  • Kindergarten Services

The terms of an employment agreement must be adhered to. 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.

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 to 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 11 December 2019 to 11 February 2022

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

Minimum wage rate - effective 1 April 2020

The Minimum Wage Rate increased to $18.90 from 1 April 2020.  Anyone currently paid an hourly rate below the new minimum wage rate will automatically have their pay rate increased to $18.90 per hour from 1 April 2020.

Collective agreement dates

The initiation date is the date the bargaining process can begin. The initiation date is the date the bargaining process can begin. Either party can initiate bargaining from 60 days before the collective agreement expires.

The start and expiry dates for a collective agreement are agreed by both parties in bargaining.

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 endorsable for a further 12 months, provided the union or the employer had, before the expiry date, initiated bargaining to replace the agreement.

Clause 53 - Employment Relations Act 2000(external link)

Teachers and principals

Collective
agreements

Union(s)

Start date and expiry date

Primary Teachers

New Zealand Educational Institute Te Riu Roa
(NZEI Te Riu Roa)

1 July 2019 to 
30 June 2022 

Secondary Teachers

Post Primary Teachers' Association
(PPTA)

1 July 2019 to
30 June 2022

Kindergarten Teachers, Head Teachers and Senior Teachers

NZEI Te Riu Roa

12 July 2019 to
11 July 2022

Area School Teachers

PPTA and NZEI Te Riu Roa

1 July 2019 to
30 June 2022

Primary Principals

NZEI Te Riu Ria

26 August 2019 to
25 August 2022

Secondary Principals

PPTA and Secondary Principals' Association
of New Zealand (SPANZ)

2 September 2019 to
1 September 2022

Area School Principals

PPTA and NZEI Te Riu Roa

6 September 2019 to
5 September 2022

Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu 
Early Childhood

NZEI Te Riu Roa

22 November 2018 to 
21 November 2021

Other staff in schools

Collective
agreements

Union(s)

Start date and expiry date

Special Residential Schools

Public Service Association (PSA)

28 February 2019 to
27 February 2021

School Caretakers', Cleaners and Canteen Staff

E tū

11 December 2019 to
11 February 2022

Secondary and Area School Groundstaff

Amalgamated Workers Union
(AWUNZ)

11 December 2019 to 
11 February 2022

Adult and Community Education (ACE) Staff in Schools

PPTA

28 January 2020 to 
27 January 2022

Support Staff in Schools

NZEI Te Riu Roa and E tū

13 December 2019 to
6 February 2022

Kaiarahi i te Reo, Therapists,
Assistants to Teachers with Students with Severe Disabilities and Special Education Assistants

NZEI Te Riu Roa

13 December 2019 to
6 February 2022

Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu
Specialist and Support Staff

NZEI Te Riu Roa

17 December 2019 to
16 December 2021

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