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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Trial and Probationary Periods

Currently trial and probationary periods are not included in the collective agreements (CAs) for school staff. Therefore, adding a trial period for employees covered by the CAs or on promulgated individual employment agreements (IEAs) based on those CAs would require concurrence. Concurrence is approval granted by the Ministry of Education for terms or conditions outside those covered by CAs or IEAs.

For employees who are not covered by the terms and conditions of a CA or promulgated IEA, those employment agreements already require concurrence of the Secretary for Education.

If you are considering a trial or probationary period, first refer to:

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