Area School Teachers' Collective Agreement
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Part Seven: Removal Expenses
Area School Teachers' Collective Agreement
Effective: 3 July 2023 to 2 July 2025
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7.1 Removals to and from Area Schools
- Where a teacher is entitled to removal expense provisions to or from an area school and also promotion or first permanent appointment, removal expenses are paid under the area school provisions and the other entitlements are absorbed.
- Where a teacher is entitled to removal expense provisions both to and from an area school in the course of one move, only one entitlement under the Area School provisions may be claimed and any other entitlement is absorbed.
- Where a teacher requires the transfer of effects and transit insurance, the teacher must use the provider contracted by the Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga.
7.2.1 A teacher who holds a permanent position or long-term relieving position of four terms or more is eligible for removal expenses as set out in Appendix 2 in the following circumstances:
Relocating to another housing district
Circumstance Criteria / Definition Entitlement Moving from employment in a State or State Integrated school to employment in a different State or State Integrated school Shifting from a permanent role in an area school to another permanent position in another school Subject to having completed two years' continuous service in the area school All applicable removal expenses Appointment to a position on promotion Promotion is defined as an appointment to a position carrying a higher number of permanent units or a position that carries more status and responsibility and is equal or lower in salary. All applicable removal expenses Shifting from a staffing incentive or high priority teacher supply school to a permanent position or a long- term relieving position A teacher must have completed continuous service totalling at least three years in one or more staffing incentive or high priority teacher supply school(s). All applicable removal expenses Teacher's position disestablished or reduced in grade but not lost, due to falling rolls Where the teacher takes up a temporary or relieving position and later ones again to a permanent position All applicable removal expenses Teacher's position lost through no personal fault e.g. through disestablishment, closure, amalgamation or translation of a school All applicable removal expenses Itinerant music teachers taking up an appointment in Southland All applicable removal expenses Protected country service Teachers who held an entitlement to removals from a country service school when the former country service provisions were replaced by the staffing incentives package, preserve that entitlement for their next position in the education service. All applicable removal expenses Teachers on long-term specialist courses of at least one academic year's duration
• A teacher who has been granted leave by their Board and has to move to attend a Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga approved long-term specialist course.
• A teacher moving to their first subsequent permanent appointment after the course is completed.
All applicable removal expenses
Appointed to a role in a State or State Integrated Area School - does not need to be moving from employment in a State or State Integrated School
Appointment to a permanent position in an area school Subject to completion of two years' continuous service in the area school All applicable removal expenses First permanent appointment following graduation from a course of teacher training recognised by the Secretary for Education (except where that appointment is to a staffing incentive or high priority teacher supply school) The teacher must be resident in New Zealand at the time of appointment • The cost of public transport (including airfares where necessary) for the teacher and dependants, or if public transport is not available, the appropriate motor vehicle rate to the nearest point of public transport;
• The cost of removal of furniture and effects;
• When a teacher sells a house and buys another within one year of first appointment, actual legal expenses up to $1000.00.
Appointment to a permanent position in a staffing incentive or high priority teacher supply school The school is designated by the Secretary as a staffing incentive or high priority teacher supply school All applicable removal expenses incurred within New Zealand Teachers returning from sponsored schemes overseas A teacher returning to a New Zealand appointment following service overseas as part of a government to government contract All applicable removal expenses incurred within New Zealand
Note: For the purposes of clause 7.2.1 relocating to another housing district means where the shortest distance by road between either the current residence or current employing school and new employing school is 70 kilometres or more.
Relocating within a housing district
Circumstance Criteria / Definition Entitlement The teacher occupied a school residence which the teacher has to vacate because it is being replaced or extensively renovated The teacher and any dependents are required to board during renovations Rent subsidy and all applicable removal expenses The teacher is required by the Board to move to a school residence - All applicable removal expenses
7.2.2 Where the teacher requires the transfer of effects and transit insurance, the teacher must use the provider contracted by the Ministry.
7.2.3 All relocations must relate to employment in a state or state integrated school.
7.3.1 Teachers eligible for removal expenses under clause 7.1 of this part are entitled to the following expenses, grants and allowances as appropriate as specified in Appendix 2:
- Travel expenses;
- Accommodation expenses;
- Rent subsidy;
- Furniture removal;
- Legal fees and land agent’s commission;
- Penalty mortgage repayment charges;
- Transfer grant;
- Leave and expenses for a teacher separated from her/his usual family/dependants to visit them, including to assist with their transfer to the new location;
- Expenses for an employee with a family/dependants to inspect prospective accommodation in the new location;
- Telephone reconnection charges.
7.3.2 The Ministry of Education provides a lump sum payment to cover the travel expenses, accommodation expenses, transfer grant and telephone reconnection charges outlined above. However, this does not prevent a teacher from choosing (as an alternative to the lump sum payment) to claim entitlements as specified and based on itemised receipts.
Note: These provisions shall be applied in accordance with any administrative conditions that were in effect at the commencement of this agreement. Nothing in these provisions shall be read as extending any entitlement beyond that which existed at the commencement of this agreement except as may be expressly agreed to by the Secretary for Education after consultation with the Union.