The Domestic Finder’s Fee (DFF) is a new initiative designed to support those early learning centres and schools/kura that have difficulty attracting and retaining qualified staff. The DFF supplements the Overseas Finder’s Fee and recognises that sourcing new teachers/kaiako from overseas is currently challenging due to measures necessary to control the transmission of COVID-19.
ECEs or schools/kura recruiting teachers/kaiako already living in New Zealand and returning to or beginning teaching may be eligible for reimbursement of up to $3,000 (GST exclusive) for actual incurred recruitment costs.
An ECE or school/kura may be eligible if:
Additionally, the teacher/kaiako appointed by the ECE or school/kura:
Finally, the ECE or school/kura:
Expenses for recruitment up to $3,000 (GST exclusive) can be claimed. Please note that you cannot apply for the Domestic Finder’s Fee for a teaching position if you have used a subsidised recruitment service from either of the Ministry’s contracted recruitment agencies for the position.
For each expense you claim, please upload a matching PDF copy of each receipt or invoice that shows clear evidence of the expense description and amount. Bank statements cannot be accepted as evidence of expenditure
You must have all your expenditure documents, as well as details about the teacher/kaiako and position on your computer before starting your application.
Use the application form at the top right corner of this page to apply (only online forms and uploaded documents are accepted).
In the application you will enter a list of the eligible expenses you wish to claim, including a description and amount.
Upload the following documents:
You will be asked to indicate your acceptance of a set of declarations.
Once submitted, you will be notified of the application outcome within 4 weeks of receipt of your application. If your application is approved, you will receive payment in a single lump sum.
Please note, the Ministry of Education will use the information collected on your application together with the information held in Education Service Payroll to:
For these purposes, the Ministry of Education may share your information with the Inland Revenue Department. The Ministry may contact the Teaching Council to request details of the teacher’s/kaiako's registration status. The Ministry may also use this information for statistical and research purposes.
Under the Privacy Act 1993 the teacher/kaiako has the right to request access to all information held about themselves and to request corrections to that information, and you have the right to request access to all information held about yourself and to request corrections to that information.
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone us on 0800 165 225.