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. 

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Reasonably practical

The board and officers must take reasonably practical steps to ensure that any risks are eliminated or minimised to ensure the safety of workers based on the circumstances at the time.

They need to consider all relevant matters with regard to health and safety, including:

An assessment of costs can be taken into account, but only after the assessment of the risk and ways to eliminate that risk. This means that costs will only take precedence over safety when the cost of taking action is “grossly disproportionate” to the risk.

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