Overseas trained teachers relocation grant

As an overseas-trained teacher coming to New Zealand to fill a teaching vacancy, or a returning New Zealand trained teacher, you may be eligible for an overseas relocation grant (ORG) of up to $5000 (GST inclusive).

You must already have begun full-time employment in a state or state-integrated school, or licensed early learning centre to be eligible for the grant.

The grant is paid in a single instalment. It will normally take 4-6 working weeks to receive the outcome of your application, with a further 2-4 weeks for payment if your application is approved.

Am I eligible for an overseas relocation grant?

Eligibility criteria:

  • You must be registered and certified by the Teaching Council of New Zealand
  • Your role must be starting from 1st July 2022 – 31st December 2022 and your contract must be at least 12 months in a:
  • State or state-integrated secondary school (excluding independent schools)
  • Licensed early learning centre (limited to one place per centre, per year. This will be reviewed by 30th October 2022).
  • State or state-integrated hard-to-staff primary schools (defined as being over 3.0 on isolation index or Deciles 1-3).
  • Any overseas teacher must not have been teaching in a NZ school or licensed early learning service for the 12 months prior to their start date.
  • You must apply for the grant within 90 days of commencing employment in the school or early learning centre.
  • You must not have entered New Zealand under the Border Exception Scheme, which is now closed.

Eligible expenses and payment

The IRD defines the types of expenses that can be claimed as part of an ORG.

Please refer to the IRD list (https://www.taxtechnical.ird.govt.nz/determinations/miscellaneous/det-0904-eligible-relocation-expenses)  of eligible expenses before starting your application as expenses not on the list will not be reimbursed. You will need to provide proof of expenditure for each individual expense.

For each expense you enter, you must upload a matching PDF copy of a receipt or invoice that clearly shows the amount and currency. Bank statements cannot be accepted as evidence of expenditure.

If your application is approved the amount paid will be the total of all eligible items for which proof of expenditure has been provided.

The grant is paid in a single instalment, normally within 6 - 8 working weeks after receiving a complete application.

How to apply

You must have all your details and expenditure documents ready on your computer before starting your application.

Use the application form at the top right corner of this page to apply. In this application you will enter a list of the eligible expenses you wish to claim, including a description, amount, and currency.  You will be required to upload the following documents:

  • A copy of your Employment Agreement
  • Evidence of expenditure for all expenses being claimed (Bank statements cannot be accepted as evidence)
  • Verified evidence of your bank account and postal address (to enable payment)

You will be notified of the outcome within 4 - 6 working weeks after completing an application. You will receive payment normally within 2 - 4 working weeks if your application is approved.

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 an Overseas Relocation Grant 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 2020 you have the right to request access to all information held about yourself and to request corrections to that information. 


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