STCA 2013 Part Eight: Removal Expenses

The Secondary Teachers' Collective Agreement (STCA) is the employment agreement negotiated by the New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association / Te Wehengarua (PPTA) for PPTA members in  secondary schools, intermediates and technology centres.

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8.1 Eligibility

8.1.1 A teacher who holds a permanent or long-term relieving position is eligible for removal expenses in the following circumstances. Where the teacher requires the transfer of effects and transit insurance, the teacher must use the provider contracted by the Ministry. For the purposes of this part, appointment to a long-term relieving position must be for one year or longer:

(a) Appointment on promotion

Promotion is defined as an appointment to a position carrying a higher number of permanent units or a position that carries more status and responsibility and is equal or lower in salary.

(b) Appointment to a permanent position in a staffing incentive or high priority teacher supply school, or shifting from a staffing incentive or high priority teacher supply school to a permanent position, or a long-term relieving position for a period equal to four school terms or more, in another state or integrated school, provided that:

(i) A teacher must have completed three years' continuous service in a staffing incentive or high priority teacher supply school or continuous service in more than one staffing incentive or high priority teacher supply school totalling three years;
(ii) If the school loses its staffing incentive status during the period of the teacher's employment the entitlement to removal expenses on appointment
out of the school is still valid as long as the teacher fulfils the three years service requirement;
(iii) Itinerant music teachers taking up an appointment in Southland are entitled to full removal expenses as if they were appointed to a staffing incentive school.

(c) Protected country service

Those teachers who held an entitlement to removals from a country service school when the former country service provisions were replaced by the staffing incentives package, preserve that entitlement and retain it for their next position in the education service.

(d) First permanent appointment non-staffing incentive or high priority teacher supply school

Where the first permanent appointment of a teacher following graduation from a course of teacher training recognised by the Secretary for Education involves a shift to another housing district and the teacher is resident in New Zealand at the time of appointment:

(i) The cost of surface fares for the teacher and dependants, or if public transport is not available, the appropriate motor vehicle rate to the nearest point of public transport;
(ii) The cost of removal of furniture and effects;
(iii) When a teacher sells a house and buys another within one year of first appointment, actual legal expenses up to $1000.00.

(e) Teachers returning from sponsored schemes overseas

A teacher returning to a New Zealand appointment following service overseas as part of a government to government contract is eligible for removal expenses incurred within New Zealand.

(f) Removal within same locality

Where a teacher who occupies a school residence which is replaced or is being extensively renovated and the house has to be vacated, or a teacher who occupies a private residence and is required by the board to move to a school residence, provided that a teacher and any dependants who are required to board during renovations shall receive a rent subsidy.

(g) Trainees on long-term specialist courses of at least one academic year's duration:

(i) A teacher who has been granted leave by their Board and has to move to attend an approved long-term specialist course;
(ii) A teacher moving to her/his first permanent appointment after the course is completed.

(h) Miscellaneous

(i) Where, as a result of an earthquake, fire, flood or other natural disaster, the Minister of Education directs the closure of a school, any teacher appointed to another school or position may be paid actual and reasonable transfer expenses to the new position. A teacher who is obliged to live away from home while holding a temporary position may be paid actual and reasonable expenses.
(ii) Where a teacher whose position is disestablished, or reduced in grade but not lost, due to falling rolls and the teacher takes up a temporary or relieving position and later moves again to a permanent position, a refund of the expenses involved in both removals is payable.
(iii) A teacher who loses or is about to lose a position through no personal fault (e.g. through disestablishment, closure, amalgamation or translation of a school) is entitled to removal expenses.


8.2 Entitlement

8.2.1 Teachers eligible for removal expenses under 8.1 of this Part are entitled to the following expenses, grants and allowances as appropriate as specified in Appendix C:

(a) Travelling expenses;

(b) Accommodation expenses;

(c) Rent subsidy;

(d) Furniture removal;

(e) Legal fees and land agent's commission;

(f) Penalty mortgage repayment charges;

(g) Transfer grant;

(h) Leave and expenses for a teacher separated from her/his dependants to visit them, including to assist with their transfer to the new location;

(i) Expenses for an employee with dependants to inspect prospective accommodation in the new location;

(j) Telephone reconnection charges.

Note: These provisions shall be applied in accordance with any administrative conditions that were in effect at the commencement of this Agreement or modifications to the administrative conditions made as a result of this Agreement. Nothing in these provisions shall be read as extending any entitlement beyond that which existed at the commencement of this Agreement except as may be expressly agreed to by the Secretary for Education after consultation with the Association.

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