Legislation resources

Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017

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About the Act

The Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 came into effect on 19 May 2017. The new Act introduces changes to put the progress and achievement of children and young people at the heart of the education system.

The Act does this by setting clear objectives for the early childhood and compulsory education system, and through a new stand-alone document called the statement of National Education and Learning Priorities, or NELP, through which the Government of the day will set its education priorities.

The Act also gives more education choice to students and parents, enhances the options for collaboration between education providers, and modernises our education system to meet the challenges of the 21st century. 

The Act’s changes will take effect gradually between 19 May 2017 and January 2020.

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Information on the Education Legislation Amendment Act 2016

Education Council Rules 2016

The Education Act 1989 requires the Education Council to make rules relating to our disciplinary bodies, functions, practices and procedures.

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Further information: https://educationcouncil.org.nz/content/education-council-rules


Health and Safety at Work Act 2015

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Related policies

Example School Health and Safety policy 2017


Vulnerable Children’s Act 2014

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Requirements for Schools

Definitions in the Vulnerable Children Act


Harmful Digital Communications Act 2015

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About the Harmful Digital Communications Act

Harmful Digital Communications Act FAQ


Privacy Act 1993

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Privacy in Schools – a Guide to the Privacy Act for Principals, Teachers and Boards of Trustees

An introduction to the Act and its Codes

Information on privacy for employers


Employment Relations Act 2000 (and Amendment 2016)

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About Amendments to the Act


Holidays Act 2003

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Further information on leave and holidays for employees


Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Act 2016

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FAQs on the Act


Human Rights Act 1993

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About New Zealand’s Human Rights legislation

Resources for Teachers