Voluntary Bonding Scheme

The Voluntary Bonding Scheme is one of a number of initiatives to boost teacher supply in hard-to-staff schools.

The Education Minister has announced that the Voluntary Bonding Scheme will be expanded to decile 1-3 state and state-integrated schools in Auckland, and to new teaching graduates in shortage subjects (the sciences, technology, mathematics, te reo Māori) and in Māori medium kura throughout the country. This means schools with the hardest to fill vacancies will find it easier to recruit and retain new graduate teachers.  The review and the proposed changes will not affect schools that are currently eligible for the Voluntary Bonding Scheme. 

The scheme has been in place since 2009 and provides three lump sum payments to teachers at the end of the third ($10,500), fourth ($3,500) and fifth ($3,500) year teaching. Payments are initially made against the teacher’s student loan, but are provided to the teacher in cash should they not have a student loan.

The expansion will begin in 2018 for those who can apply for the revised Scheme and is limited to the first payment only, payable after three years of teaching in an eligible school. We will be emailing all schools that are now eligible for the scheme.  The updated form and guide with the extended eligible schools and subjects list will be available in the new year.

For more information please call the Voluntary Bonding helpline on 0800 550 790 or email voluntary.bonding@education.govt.nz.

Further information will be published on this website as it becomes available.

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