Education Act Changes

The new legislation comes into effect on 19 May 2017.

We have created an overview of these changes.


NZSTA will continue to update you with factsheets, newsletters and through our website. 

You can call 0800 782 435 or email


Notifiable event

The board, or the principal if delegated, must notify WorkSafe of any death, serious injury or illness (eg head injury, serious burn) or incident (eg electric shock, fire) as soon as possible. If this duty has been delegated, the board should still be advised and kept informed of progress as it has overall responsibility as the PCBU.

In the case of an emergency, call 111 immediately.

For immediate assistance or to report a notifiable event to WorkSafe, call 0800 030 040 (24 hours) and choose option 1.

If you’re reporting a hazardous substances emergency, call the New Zealand Fire Service on 111 and then the WorkSafe Response Team directly on 0800 030 040.

It is a legal requirement to not disturb an accident scene until clearance is authorised by a health and safety inspector except in certain situations, including when persons or property are at risk.

You must also provide WorkSafe with written notice of the circumstances of an accident or serious harm within seven days. You can do this by using one of the notification forms below.

Online notification form


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