Collective agreements

Current collective employment agreements for principals, teachers and other staff in schools.

Go to the start dates and expiry dates for current collective agreements.

Collective agreements covering most employees in the state and state integrated education sector are available below. You can also access a PDF versions by clicking on the relevant collective agreement link or you can contact

Note about expiry dates:

The expiry of a collective agreement does not necessarily mean the end of the agreement.  The Employment Relations Act 2000 (clause 53) (external link)  says an expired collective agreement continues to be endorceable for a further 12 months, provided the union or the employer had, before the expiry date, initated bargaining to replace the agreement.

Minimum wage rate - effective 1 April 2018:

The Minimum Wage Rate increased to $16.50 from 1 April 2018.  Anyone currently paid an hourly rate below the new minimum wage rate will automatically have their pay rate increased to $16.50 per hour from 1 April 2018. Printed rates in the collective agreements will not change until the current collective agreements expire and a new collective agreement is agreed.

Teachers’ collective agreements

Primary Teachers' Collective Agreement
Effective 9 June 2016 to 8 June 2018

Secondary Teachers' Collective Agreement
Effective 28 October 2015 to 27 October 2018

Area School Teachers' Collective Agreement
Effective 8 April 2016 to 7 April 2019

Adult and Community Education Staff in Schools' Collective Agreement
Effective 22 June 2016 to 21 June 2019

Kindergarten Teachers, Head Teachers and Senior Teachers' Collective Agreement
Effective 1 June 2017 to 31 May 2019

Te Aho o te Kura Pounamu Early Childhood Teachers' Collective Agreement
Effective 22 November 2018 to 21 November 2021

Principals’ collective agreements

Primary Principals' Collective Agreement
Effective 17 May 2016 to 16 May 2018

Secondary Principals' Collective Agreement
Effective 12 May 2016 to 11 May 2019

Area School Principals' Collective Agreement
Effective 30 June 2016 to 29 June 2019

Other staff collective agreements

Support Staff in Schools’ Collective Agreement
Effective 16 June 2017 to 15 July 2019

School Caretakers', Cleaners' and Canteen Staff Collective Agreement
Effective 8 May 2017 to 7 June 2019

Secondary and Area School Groundstaff Collective Agreement
Effective 19 May 2017 to 28 January 2019

Kaiarahi i te Reo, Therapists', ATSSD, Special Education Assistants' Collective Agreement
Effective 16 June 2017 to 15 July 2019

Special Residential Schools' Collective Agreement
Effective 28 February 2019 to 27 February 2021

Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu Specialist and Support Staff Collective Agreement
Effective 9 May 2017 to 8 May 2019

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