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Fees announcement

The Teaching Council Governing Board has decided to increase fees to $157 per annum. However, it is deferring the change to February 2021 when it will also begin moving to annual teacher certification. 

We are mindful of the need to reduce workload for teachers and professional leaders applying annually for certification. Work is already underway to streamline appraisal and endorsement processes and the launch of Hapori Matatū | Online Community, the new online system will simplify and expedite the process for applying for certification. Police vetting will continue to be undertaken every three years. We will work with the sector on a fit for purpose approach to reduce workload.

The Governing Board, your representatives from the profession, listened to your concerns and considered the extraordinary COVID-19 situation we all find ourselves in.

Delaying the increase until February 2021 will give you more time to prepare. The Council will use $5m of its own reserves to fund the delay in implementation of new fees.

Moving to annual certification means you won’t pay a large lump sum once every three years. The Budget 2020 announced $16.5m of funding to help us move to annual certification and fees. If you currently hold a three-year practising certificate or are due to renew before February 2021 you won’t be required to move to annual certification until the expiry of your current practising certificate, which could be up to early 2024.

We are mindful of the need to reduce workload for teachers and professional leaders applying annually for certification. Work is already underway to streamline appraisal and endorsement processes and Hapori Matatū has launched – simplifying and expediting the process for applying for certification. Police vetting will continue to be undertaken every three years.

Please check the FAQs for answers or watch our chief executive Lesley Hoskin answer common questions in these short videos. If your question isn’t covered there, please email us and we can answer and even add it to the FAQs to help others!

If you want to know exactly how your fees work at the Council, or hear about why we value a professional body for teachers please click here. 

Fees consultation results

Thank you to the more than 24,000 teachers and professional leaders who had their say in the proposed fees consultation. 

For more detail about the results check out this summary of feedback.

For more information about how the Teaching Council came to a decision on the fees increase following consultation with the sector, read this Briefing Paper.

Proposed fees consultation

Since establishment in 2015 the Teaching Council has received a significant amount of funding from government on the understanding that we would be independently financially sustainable from 1 July 2020.

The current three-yearly fee of $220.80 paid by teachers for registration/certification, or renewal of a practising certificate, was last increased in 2010. Since then the Council’s functions have significantly expanded.

With the end of government transition funding on 30 June 2020, and current teacher fees only covering around 40% of the expenditure required to carry out our functions, we are concerned that we will be unable to deliver our statutory obligations with the current fee settings. We are therefore consulting on proposed options to increase fees to ensure the ongoing financial sustainability of the Teaching Council.

The table below sets out two key elements of the proposed fee increases, but there are other changes as well, for overseas teachers and provisionally certificated teachers.

Full details of proposed fees under each option | Full consultation document

Ripanga Rāpopoto Uiuinga Utu He uiuinga mō ētahi huringa e marohitia ana mō Matatū Aotearoa

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for teachers

Q&A Videos

We gathered some answers to common questions or misconceptions and have answered them in short video snippets. Simply click on a question below and watch the answer.

Q: What does my money pay for?

Q: Why are there only two options – pay more or pay even more?

Q: Why is the consultation period only 4 weeks and held at one of the busiest times of the year?

Q: There’s a teacher shortage – this will discourage people from starting or continuing their teaching career!