Voluntary Bonding Scheme

The Voluntary Bonding Scheme (VBS) was introduced in 2009 to encourage newly graduated teachers to teach in certain areas of need. In 2018, the scheme was expanded to include more schools, settings and subjects.  

The table below shows the eligibility criteria, payments, and other information for both schemes - the ongoing Voluntary Bonding Scheme, and the Voluntary Bonding Scheme expansion.

The VBS expansion only applies to graduate teachers who started teaching in the 2018 or 2019 school year if they meet the criteria. Graduate teachers must be teaching at least one of the defined subjects for at least 0.5 full-time teaching equivalent (FTTE). 

To apply for VBS, download the application form.

 

Voluntary Bonding Scheme (ongoing)

Voluntary Bonding Scheme expansion 

Eligible schools

Decile 1 (nationwide)

Severely isolated schools (nationwide)

Decile 2 or 3 (Auckland region)

Māori Medium settings (nationwide)

Defined subjects (nationwide):

  • All science subjects 
  • All technology subjects
  • All mathematics subjects
  • Te Reo Māori

Payments

$10,500 after the third year of consecutive employment at 0.5 FTTE or more

$3,500 after the fourth year of consecutive employment at 0.5 FTTE or more

$3,500 after the fifth year of consecutive employment at 0.5 FTTE or more  

$10,500 after the third year of consecutive employment at 0.5 FTTE or more

Applications

Applications are due within 12 months of completing three, four or five years’ consecutive employment 

Applications are due within six months of completing three years’ consecutive employment

Please note: No retrospective payments will be processed.

New Zealand Teachers Council New Zealand Education Gazette New Zealand Qualifications Authority Immigration New Zealand