Obligations when advertising teacher or principal vacancies

State and state-integrated schools/kura and early childhood education/kōhanga reo centres have certain obligations when advertising teacher or principal vacancies. These help ensure the impartial selection of suitably qualified people.

Your obligations are set out in collective employment agreements and legislation, and specify:

  • which positions must be advertised and how 
  • the minimum time vacancies must be advertised for
  • position types or position changes that don’t need advertising
  • which pre-employment screening tests must be carried out.

Learn about your obligations

The Ministry of Education and New Zealand School Trustees Association (NZSTA) websites have information about how to recruit and appoint staff.

Early childhood education/kōhanga reo employers

School/kura employers

Collective agreements and legislation that affect recruitment

See early childhood education/kōhanga reo and school/kura collective agreements and relevant legislation to learn more about how to advertise job vacancies and recruitment requirements when hiring staff.

Further help for schools/kura

If you’re unsure about your obligations when listing a school teacher or principal vacancy, contact your region’s NZSTA industrial adviser.(external link)