Teacher aide pay equity claim

The teacher aide pay equity settlement acknowledges the value of the skills, responsibilities and demands of teacher aide work, and ensures that value is being remunerated fairly. Read more about the new rates, tiaki allowance and other settlement outcomes as well as the funding of the teacher aide pay equity claim.

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  • Principals and Tumuaki
  • Boards
  • Teacher aides

If the new pay equity rates are not offered, Boards of Trustees could be open to personal grievance claims laid against them on the basis of gender discrimination, or discrimination complaints under the Human Rights Act 1993.

On 27 May 2020, the Ministry of Education and NZEI Te Riu Roa settled an historic pay equity claim for the 22,000 teacher aides who work in state and state integrated schools and kura in New Zealand.

The settlement corrects past undervaluation of the work mainly done by women and acknowledges the value of the skills, responsibilities and demands of teacher aides who are supporting children who need the most help with their learning.

Key documents Settlement outcomes 
Operational guidelines for schools  Pay equity rates
Summary of the operational guidelines for schools [PDF, 898 KB] Tiaki allowance
Quick steps to implementation [PDF, 190 KB]  Professional Learning and Development (PLD)
New Individual Employment Agreement (IEA) Variation of hours 
Pay rate calculator New Work Matrix
Information for teacher aides  Longer term work 
Teacher aide pay equity settlement agreement [PDF, 1.2 MB]  
Guide for understanding and using the work matrix [PDF, 512 KB]  
Flowchart for teacher aides who left their role after 12 February 2020 [PDF, 113 KB]  
TAPEC previous employee form [DOCX, 31 KB]  
Factsheet for schools to give to their teacher aides from NZSTA(external link) [DOCX, 31 KB]  

The teacher aide pay equity settlement 

The settlement is made up of new and fair pay rates and increases in the Tiaki allowance (formally dirty work allowance) to fully correct the sex-based undervaluation of remuneration identified during the investigation process.

Download quick steps to implementation fact sheet [PDF, 190 KB]

The pay equity rates will range from $21.20 to $34.68 and be effective from 12 February 2020. For the majority of teacher aides, this is an increase ranging from 19-30% on their pay rates in 2019.

NZEI Te Riu Roa members will automatically receive the new pay equity rates and backdated pay on 4 November.  Schools must offer the new IEA to non-members to ensure they are also paid the new rates.

What do schools need to do?

In settling the pay equity claim, the Secretary for Education and NZEI Te Riu Roa have agreed on the pay rates for teacher aides that reflect pay equity. If these new rates are not offered, Boards of Trustees could be open to personal grievance claims laid against them on the basis of gender discrimination, or discrimination complaints under the Human Rights Act.

Teacher aides who left a role during 2020

The settlement covers all teacher aides, including those who may have finished their job on or after 12 February 2020 and started another position at another school, or left the workforce entirely. Funding was provided to schools for this in August.

Find out what action you need to take for a teacher aide who has left employment [PDF, 113 KB] 

For teacher aides who finished between 12 February and 30 June 2020 the following applies:

  • There are no further actions required if a teacher aide has returned to work as a teacher aide at the same school or a new school and they are a member of NZEI Te Riu Roa or have signed the new Individual Employment Agreement.
  • You will need to contact the teacher aide and offer the TAPEC previous employee agreement to teacher aides and who have not returned as a teacher aide at your school or any other school.

For teacher aides who finished employment after 30 June 2020, the following applies:

  • NZEI Te Riu Roa members or teacher aides who have signed the new pay equity Individual Employment Agreement will automatically receive backpay – no further actions are required
  • Non-union members who have not signed the new pay equity Individual Employment Agreement, will need to sign a TAPEC previous employee agreement.

Download a copy of the TAPEC previous employee agreement. [DOCX, 31 KB]

Once the TAPEC previous employee agreement is signed, the school needs to notify Education Payroll using the Novo22nt form.

Schools have an obligation to use best endeavours to offer the TAPEC previous employee agreement to previous employees, otherwise they are at risk of a pay equity claim being raised against the school.

Changes to grades

The settlement does not require a review of all teacher aide roles and pay grades. Most teacher aides will be automatically translated to the correct point on the new work matrix under the translation rules agreed as part of the settlement.  There may be a small number of teacher aides who feel that their current grade doesn't reflect their role within the new work matrix.

Find more information about changes to grades here.

What type of funding will schools receive?

We will calculate the additional pay equity funding by translating teacher aides from the old pay scale to the new pay equity pay scale. This is a ‘point to point’ translation following the translation rules of the settlement. Point to point means that teacher aides are transferred from their current point on the collective agreement scale to the equivalent point on the pay equity pay scale.

The additional pay equity funding amount will be calculated based on the difference between the pay equity rate and the non-teaching staff pay rate and multiplied by the total hours paid.

More information about funding instalments

Support and further information

If you have any questions about the teacher aide pay equity claim settlement please email us at TeacherAide.PayEquity@education.govt.nz

For schools:

The Ministry contracts NZSTA to provide employment advice to schools including on employment agreements. Their Advisory and Support centre can be reached at eradvice@nzsta.org.nz or 0800 782 435 (press option 2)

For teacher aides:

If you need more information or would like to talk about your specific situation get in touch with your school or contact the New Zealand Education Institute (NZEI) on 0800 693 443. 

If you receive Working for Families payments, you’ll need to let Inland Revenue know about your new pay rate and backdated pay. Update your details with Inland Revenue.(external link)

Further information about the settlement outcomes

Operational guidelines for schools [PDF, 2.1 MB]

Pay rate calculator

The new pay equity rates

Tiaki allowance

Variation of hours

Professional Learning and Development (PLD)

The Work Matrix

Guide for understanding and using the work matrix [PDF, 512 KB]

Longer term work

Information for teacher aides

Teacher Aide Pay Equity Claim Report  [PDF, 3.8 MB]
[PDF, 3.8 MB]

Settlement Agreement [PDF, 1.2 MB]

Fact sheets

Quick steps to implementation [PDF, 190 KB] 

Pay equity and the teacher aide claim fact sheet [PDF, 452 KB]

New Work Matrix for teacher aides and pay equity rates fact sheet [PDF, 428 KB]

Tiaki allowance fact sheet [PDF, 307 KB]

Variation of hours fact sheet [PDF, 439 KB]

Professional Learning and Development (PLD) fact sheet [PDF, 364 KB]

Longer term work fact sheet  [PDF, 174 KB]

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