Schools finder's fee for recruiting teachers from overseas

Due to the ongoing closure of the New Zealand border from Covid-19, applications for the Overseas Finder's Fee are currently on hold

Schools recruiting returning New Zealand trained teachers and internationally trained teachers moving to New Zealand, may be eligible for funding support of up to $3,000 (GST exclusive) per payment, for incurred recruitment costs.  

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Is our school eligible?

For schools to be eligible for the finder's fee, they must:

  • be a state or state-integrated school
  • employ a teacher who:
    • has not been residing in New Zealand for the last 12 months
    • is New Zealand or overseas trained
  • employ the teacher in a full-time teaching position for at least 12 months
  • provide evidence of incurred costs of overseas recruitment excluding travel costs
  • apply for the reimbursement within six months of the teacher's start date

The finder’s fee is available to schools regardless of whether the overseas teacher is approved for an overseas relocation grant (ORG).

How to apply

Use the online application form at the top right corner of this page to apply. You will be required to upload the following documents:

  • a GST tax invoice from your school to the Ministry of Education with itemised recruitment costs
  • receipts for item/s invoiced

You will be notified of the outcome within 6 weeks of receipt of your application.

Please note, the Ministry of Education will use the information collected on this form together with the information held in Education Service Payroll to:

  • consider your application for a Finder’s Fee payment
  • administer your payment(s). For these purposes, the Ministry of Education may share your information with your employing school and the Inland Revenue Department. The Ministry may contact the Teaching Council to request details of your registration status. The Ministry may also use this information for statistical and research purposes.

Under the Privacy Act 1993 you have the right to request access to all information held about yourself and to request corrections to that information. 

Other allowances

Overseas teachers may be eligible for the ORG and a range of other allowances. Refer to the Ministry of Education website for more information.

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