South Australia New Zealand Principal Exchange

The South Australia New Zealand Principal Exchange is an opportunity for principals from primary, area and secondary state or state-integrated schools in New Zealand to work alongside a South Australian principal in their school for approximately 4 weeks and then return to their school to host the South Australian principal. 

Relieving costs for the principals while they are away from their school or kura will be covered, as well as transport (flights/vehicle) and accommodation during the term of the job shadow.

Who can apply?

New Zealand principals employed on a full time permanent basis in a primary, area or secondary state or state integrated school can apply. The application form covers the eligibility criteria in full.


  • Have employment as a full-time permanent principal in a New Zealand state or state-integrated school. Note: Private school and Partnership school principals, assistant principals, acting principals and deputy principals are not eligible to apply.
  • Availability in Term three of 2019
  • New Zealand citizen, permanent resident or resident of at least 3 years
  • Fully registered and certificated teacher
  • Have the support of your school’s Board of Trustees
  • Not currently be under review or investigation for competence and/or conduct and discipline.
  • Meet the health and character requirements for an Australian visa:  

Key Dates

4 February 2019: Applications open

1 April 2019: Applications close

1 May 2019: All applicants are notified of their outcome.

June 2019: Airfares and insurance organised.

22 July 2019: Begin Job Shadow in South Australian school

19 August 2019: Return to own school

2 September 2019: Host South Australian Principal in your school.

27 September 2019: Shadowing ends

Please note: The timing of the shadowing is flexible and can be adapted to suit the needs of both schools.

How to Apply

Please download and save the application form to the right hand of this page to your computer

If you have any questions, please email or call us on 0800 165 225.

You can click here to view an article on the 2018 programme.

You can also watch the videos below to find out more about the experiences of the 2018 recipients.

St Francis of Assisi and Golden Grove Primary School

Beckenham School and Lockleys North Primary School 

New Zealand Teachers Council New Zealand Education Gazette New Zealand Qualifications Authority Immigration New Zealand