3.1 Base Salary Scales

3.1.1 The following salary scales are payable to teachers covered by the agreement.

3.1.2 Base Salary Scale – Trained Teachers

This base salary scale applies to all certificated teachers (including Provisionally Certificated and Subject To Confirmation categories but not Limited Authority to Teach) by the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand as they are considered, for the purposes of this clause, to be trained and qualified as teachers to teach in NZ.

StepQualification Group NotationsRates effective 2 March 2018StepQualification Group NotationsRates effective 1 July 2019StepQualification Group NotationsRates effective 1 July 2020Rates effective 1 July 2021
A3 H1E $38,151 1 H1E, H2E, H3E $48,410 1 H1E, H2E, H3E $49,862 $51,358
A4 H2E $41,085 1 H1E, H2E, H3E $48,410 1 H1E, H2E, H3E $49,862 $51,358 
A5   $45,485 1 H1E, H2E, H3E $48,410 H1E, H2E, H3E $49,862 $51,358 
A6 H3E $49,888 2   $50,470 2   $51,984 $53,544
A7 H3+E $51,525 3 H3+E $52,736 3 H3+E $54,318 $55,948
A8 H4E $53,473 4 H4E $54,796 4 H4E $56,440 $58,133
A9 H5E $56,627 5 H5E $58,247 5 H5E $59,994 $61,794
A10 H1M $60,700 6 H1M $62,000 6   $63,860 $65,776
A11 H2M $64,925 7 H2M $66,100 7   $68,000 $70,040
A12   $70,235 8   $71,000 8   $73,000 $75,190
A13 H3M $73,650 9 H3M $75,200 9   $77,100 $79,413
A14 H3+M, H4M, H5M $78,000 10 H3+M, H4M, H5M $80,500 10 H1M, H2M, H3M $83,000 $85,490
            11 H3+M, H4M, H5M $87,000 $90,000

3.1.3 Salary Qualification Groups

The H notations in this collective agreement recognise that the New Zealand Register of Quality Assured Qualifications provides the appropriate framework for determining the linkage between the qualification and the salary.  This should be read in conjunction with Appendix 7 Salary on Appointment and Affect of Improved Qualifications, which sets out credits for previous teaching and/ or other recognised service and/ or relevant work experience.  Teachers who subsequently improve their qualification(s) should refer to clause 8 of Appendix 7.

From 1 July 2019 the Qualification Group Notations entry points (E) and base scale maximum points (M) listed on the unified base salary scale for trained teachers for each qualification group defined below:

H1, H2 and H3 for teachers who hold a current practicing certificate issued by the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand but no subject or specialist qualification at level 7 or above on the NZQF, or equivalent overseas teaching qualifications recognised by the NZQA.

(From 1 July 2019 and new appointments assessed as being in qualification group H1, H2 or H3 will be defined as H3).

H3+ for teachers who hold a current practicing certificate issued by the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand and:

  • a subject or specialist level 7 qualification on the NZQF (i.e. not an initial teacher education qualification) which can be a Diploma (excluding a National Diploma), Graduate Diploma or Degree; or
  • an honours degree of teaching; or
  • equivalent overseas qualifications recognised by the NZQA or an overseas qualification where NZQA has determined that the qualification has level 7 (graduate) study in a subject or specialist area(s) i.e. any area of study that is not initial teacher education.

(Refer to Appendix 3 for further clarification).

H4 for teachers who hold a current practicing certificate issued by the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand and:

  • a subject or specialist level 8 qualification on the NZQF which can be an honours degree or a Post Graduate Diploma; or
  • two subject or specialist level 7 qualifications on the NZQF (as listed above); or
  • a masters degree of teaching; or
  • equivalent overseas qualifications recognised by the NZQA.

H5 for teachers who hold a current practicing certificate issued by the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand and:

  • a subject or specialist level 9 qualification on the NZQF - masters or doctorate; or
  • equivalent overseas qualifications recognised by the NZQA.

3.1.4 Base Scale – Untrained Teachers

This scale shall apply to teachers who are employed with a Limited Authority to Teach.

StepRates effective
2 March 2018
Rates effective
1 July 2019
Rates effective
1 July 2020
Rates effective
1 July 2021
1 $33,748 $40,491 $41,706 $42,957
2 $35,215 $42,232 $43,499 $44,804
3 $38,151 $44,175 $45,500 $46,865
4 $41,085 $46,384 $47,775 $49,209

3.1.5 Untrained teachers will progress to the subsequent step on the scale upon completion of each twelve months service, subject to satisfactory performance as assessed by the principal, until reaching the maximum salary rate. 

Note 1: The Qualifications Chart (MoE Circular 99/11) and subsequent lists that were compiled through the qualifications verification process undertaken by the PPTA Te Wehengarua, the NZEI Te Riu Roa, and the Ministry of Education will continue to be used to inform judgments about qualifications unable to be allocated a level by reference to the Register of Quality Assured Qualifications.

Note 2: Quality Assurance Processes

  • The NZQA registers New Zealand qualifications at levels on the New Zealand Register of Quality Assured Qualifications and assesses overseas qualifications against the Register.
  • Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand (Teaching Council) approves and monitors teacher education courses.
  • Secondary teacher education providers of approved courses limit entry into their courses to those with Level 7 qualifications that support the teaching of the New Zealand secondary curriculum in years 7-13.
  • Teacher education providers graduate only those who meet the Teaching Council’s Standards for the Teaching Profession.
  • Ministry of Education verifies the level(s) of qualification(s) for pay purposes using information from the NZQA, the Teaching Council and teacher education providers.

Note 3: Issues Committee
A committee, called the Issues Committee (Committee), made up of representatives of the NZQA, the Teaching Council, the Ministry of Education, the New Zealand School Trustees Association (NZSTA), the PPTA Te Wehengarua, and the NZEI Te Riu Roa will meet from time to time, upon request of any of the named organisations, to consider and resolve any outstanding or new issues about teachers’ qualifications in relation to salary. These may be either individual cases or more general qualification or teaching qualification issues.

  • In the first instance the Teaching Council or the NZQA respectively make decisions about teacher education requirements and qualifications.
  • Where a matter remains unresolved, the Committee will be convened to seek to resolve the matter.
  • Where the Committee is unable to resolve the issue, the Secretary for Education may exercise discretion to determine an appropriate placement or progression on the salary scale.

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