If your circumstances change depending on the situation you may be able to suspend your ACET payments and continue to hold the recognition, or cease your ACET recognition either as per the terms of the allowance. Please also read the ACET allowance information.
Please note when suspending or ceasing the ACET payments/recognition your salary will revert back to the step and grade maxima that you were on before you were awarded the ACET recognition, as per PTCA clauses 3.32.6 and 3.32.7.
As an ACET recognised teacher you can suspend your payments for up to 12 months if you continue to be covered by the PTCA or an equivalent Individual Employment Agreement (IEA) for one or more of the following reasons:
In order to suspend your payments you will need to contact us in writing (email or post) to advise your situation.
Post: ACET Recognition, Ministry of Education, PO Box 1666, Wellington 6140
Phone: 0800 165 225
If you are not meeting the eligibility criteria for the payments the payroll system should pick this up and automatically suspend your payments. Please note in some instances this may not happen, and you will need to contact us to advise over your situation to avoid having to repay an overpayment of the allowance.
If your allowance is suspended, it may be reinstated if the Ministry is satisfied that the reasons for the suspension no longer exist, and the suspension has been for less than 12 months. The Ministry will verify whether you meet the eligibility criteria for the payments to be reinstated and contact you in writing.
We ask that you contact us to advise when your situation has changed and you are again eligible for the payments, so we can undertake the necessary checks to make sure the payments are re-started as required.
Your allowance will cease altogether if:
The Ministry will write to you to tell you why they intend to suspend or cease paying your allowance. You will have an opportunity to provide any information or a statement of reasons why your allowance should not be suspended or stopped.
Once your ACET recognition has been ceased in order to hold it again you will need to reapply through the EOI and portfolio processes.
You can contact the ACET team on 0800 165 225 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.