Verification process for the School High Health Needs Fund

Learn about how decision are made about applications for the School High Health Needs Fund.

Level of compliance

Main audience Other


  • Educators, Teachers and Kaiako
  • Learning Support Coordinators and SENCOs
  • Learning Support Specialist Staff
  • Specialist Health Workers
  • Boards
  • Principals and Tumuaki
  • Non-Government Agencies
  • Disability Sector
  • Mātua and Caregivers

About the verifiers

When you make an application for the School High Health Needs Fund (SHHNF), a team of verifiers determine eligibility. They follow a specific process.

Our SHHNF verifiers are experienced in the early childhood, primary and secondary education sectors. Each verifier also has additional expertise in a particular area of learning support.

Verifiers work to high professional standards. To make sure their decisions about eligibility are not biased, each verifier works from a separate location. They report to a manager of assurance and eligibility.

How applications are verified

Verifiers consider the information in applications against the SHHNF eligibility criteria. They apply the criteria consistently regardless of where the tamaiti | child will attend school.

The verification process usually takes 20 working days. It can be longer if the verifiers need more information to help them make a decision or the application is made at peak times.

Once the verifiers have made a decision, the mātua | parents or caregivers, the school and your local Ministry office receive a letter.

Steps in the process

  1. 3 verifiers independently consider each application.
  2. Each verifier records their independent decision. The 3 verifiers then discuss the application and make a unanimous decision.
  3. The verifiers record the consensus decision on a national database and advise the educator and whānau or caregiver of the outcome of their application in writing.
  4. If the verifiers don’t have enough information to reach a decision, they ask the educator to provide more information.
  5. When we receive the information, each verifier independently repeats the decision process considering the additional information.

Additional information request fact sheet

If the 3 verifiers are unable to reach an agreement, the full panel of available verifiers independently consider the application.

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