Bus Controller Allowance

Every school serviced by Ministry bus routes must have a Bus Controller who is responsible for running the bus routes day-to-day. They may be able to claim a Bus Controller Allowance.

Who can get the Bus Controller Allowance

Teachers and principals covered by the following employment agreements may be eligible for the Bus Controller Allowance (if authorised by their employing school and Land Transport Agent):

  • Primary Teachers' Collective Agreement
  • Primary Principals' Collective Agreement
  • Secondary Teachers' Collective Agreement
  • Area School Teachers' Collective Agreement
  • the promulgated Individual Employment Agreement of the above.

Employment agreements

Who can't get the Bus Controller Allowance

Non-teaching staff

School employees who aren't teachers can't get the Bus Controller Allowance. However, non-teaching staff can be paid for bus duties by completing a Timesheet for Non-Teaching Staff Form (NOVO13nt).

Novo Forms — Novopay website (external link)

Area school principals

The Bus Controller Allowance was removed from the Area School Principals' Collective Agreement on 13 April 2011.

All principals who are covered by a more recent collective agreement, or who have signed an Individual Employment Agreement based on the new version of the collective agreement, can't get a Bus Controller Allowance.

If more than 1 school uses a route

The allowance is only paid to 1 Bus Controller per route.

If more than 1 school uses a route, 1 school takes responsibility — they're known as the lead school.

The lead school is usually the school where the route starts and ends.

The Bus Controller from the lead school will usually receive the allowance for the route.

Change a Bus Controller

Complete 1 of the following forms and email it to us.

Email: school.transport@education.govt.nz

Change of Bus Controller Form — between schools [DOC, 70 KB]

Change of Bus Controller Form — within a school [DOC, 63 KB]

Claim the Bus Controller Allowance

To claim the Bus Controller Allowance, conplete the NOVO39t form.

NOVO Forms — Novopay website (external link)

At the end of term, email the form to Novopay.

Email: Support@novopay.govt.nz

For further information contact Education Payroll Limited.

Contact us — Novopay website (external link)

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