The Domestic Relocation Grant (DRG) is a new initiative designed to support early learning centres and schools/kura to get qualified teachers/kaiako to those places and in those subjects most needed. The DRG recognises that sourcing new teachers/kaiako from overseas is currently challenging due to measures necessary to control the transmission of COVID-19.
If you are a teacher/kaiako returning to or beginning teaching and if you move within New Zealand to fill a teaching vacancy, you may be eligible for reimbursement of up to $5,000 (GST inclusive) for actual incurred relocation costs (the New Zealand Inland Revenue Department defines the types of expenses that can be claimed).
You may be eligible if:
Expenses for relocation up to $5,000 (GST inclusive) can be claimed. The IRD defines the types of relocation expenses that are eligible. Please refer to the IRD list of eligible expenses before starting your application. Expenses that are not on the list will not be reimbursed.
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 yourself and the 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 your employing ECE or school/kura 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.
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone us on 0800 165 225.