Why work at the Ministry of Education?

Work with us to help our children and young people achieve their potential. You must be legally entitled to work in New Zealand before you can apply for a vacancy.

Career choices

The Ministry of Education offers a range of interesting and challenging career opportunities. You could work in policy analysis and development, finance and accounting, human resources, audit, project management, property and infrastructure, administration, and information technology. Some of our jobs are entry level positions and others offer opportunities for people already experienced in the public or private sector.

We also employ people in a range of special education roles such as occupational therapists, speech language therapists, physiotherapists, resource teachers of the Deaf, early intervention teachers and psychologists.

Visit our Careers Centre  (external link)  to search for current vacancies.


Working for the Ministry brings you a full range of benefits, including:

Health care

The Ministry offers group schemes with UniMed (external link) and Southern Cross (external link) . This means you qualify for:

  • reduced premiums with easy payment methods
  • no 90-day wait to claim
  • cover for certain existing conditions.

Vision care

If working at the Ministry affects your eyesight, we’ll pay for the cost of an eye examination and contribute $300 to the cost of your corrective lenses.


KiwiSaver (external link) is a voluntary, long-term savings scheme designed to help New Zealanders save for their retirement. You may also be able to draw on your KiwiSaver to buy your first home.

You can choose your own KiwiSaver scheme and fund type, but if you don’t choose you will be put into the Ministry’s selected scheme.

Banking package

You’ll be able to use the government banking package with Westpac (external link) , which offers:

  • reduced interest rates on personal loans and mortgages
  • a contribution of $1000 towards legal and other professional fees on home loans over $100,000
  • no establishment fees on personal and home loans
  • discounts on insurance premiums for home, contents, vehicle, boat, life and loan cover policies.

Flexible work hours

To help you with your work/life balance, you may be able to work flexible hours as long as you complete the total required weekly hours in your employment agreement. Not all positions can offer this benefit – we’ll explain this at your interview or in the employment offer.

Family care

To help with the extra cost of childcare and the difficulties that come with returning to work while caring for a small child, employees who return from parental leave of six weeks or more may be entitled to a lump sum of 30 working days’ pay.

Staff can also use their own sick leave to care for sick family members.

Study assistance

We encourage you to take on tertiary study that will help you in your job as well as benefit the Ministry. We offer a subsidy to help cover the costs of part-time study. You may also be able to negotiate reduced work hours while you are studying.

Employee assistance programme (EAP)

Our employee assistance programme (external link) aims to help our staff resolve personal and work-related problems. It’s completely private, confidential and free for up to four individual counselling sessions.

Sporting and cultural leave

If you are selected to represent New Zealand in sporting or cultural events you may be eligible for four weeks’ paid leave per year on top of your normal annual leave.

Development opportunities

To help you keep learning and developing in your job, we offer training programmes, mentoring and other opportunities. You’ll make a plan with your manager to set goals you’d like to achieve and work out how we can help you reach them.

If you’d like to take on further education, you can access on-the-job qualifications through the National Qualifications Framework or study with a tertiary institution. We offer a subsidy to help with course costs if your study directly relates to your development in your role with the Ministry and will benefit the Ministry overall. We also offer study leave, mentoring and support to ensure you make the most of your educational opportunity.

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