Discretionary Priority Staffing Status

Discretionary Priority Staffing Status (DPSS) may be granted for a specific teaching position at a school outside the Priority Staffing Status defined areas. Schools must be able to demonstrate a severe difficulty in recruiting for a specific teaching position.

Priority Staffing Status

How to apply for DPSS for a specific teaching position

To apply for DPSS for a specific teaching position complete the Discretionary Priority Staffing Status application form available from the Ministry's Resourcing page.

Schools outside of the Priority Staffing Status defined areas need to demonstrate that:

  • they have advertised nationally at least twice (including once in the Education Gazette). A photocopy of the advertisement needs to be provided with the application form
  • no suitable New Zealand trained teacher could be appointed.

Where a school can demonstrate that the required advertising was completed, DPSS may be applied for retrospectively after a teacher has been appointed.

Period of status

Once DPSS has been approved, the specific teaching position it was applied for attracts Priority Staffing Status for three months.

The Priority Staffing Status only applies to the specific teaching position and not to the school.

How to request an extension of DPSS

Where DPSS has been approved for a specific teaching position a teacher must be formally appointed before the expiry of the Priority Staffing Status (within three months).

An extension of the Priority Staffing Status for a specific teaching position may be sought in writing from:

Education Service Payroll
Ministry of Education
PO Box 1666
Wellington 6140