The Wellbeing Budget

Investing in New Zealand

Initiatives: Fairer pay outcomes and working conditions

Addressing Regulated Wage Pressures in Early Learning

$3.2 million operating
This initiative supports certain early childhood education services to meet their statutory obligations under the Minimum Wage Act 1983 without compromising their quality of education and care.

Addressing Regulated Wage Pressures in Schools

$6.7 million operating
This initiative supports schools to meet their statutory obligations under the Minimum Wage Act 1983 without compromising the quality of education and other services. This will be done by providing an additional payment to schools as part of their operational grant funding.

Health Workforce Collective Bargaining

$551 million operating
This funding is for Health collective bargaining commitments that are negotiated between unions and DHBs, including the nurses pay settlement agreed in August 2018.

Improving Base Pay of Ministry of Justice Employees

$78.6 million operating
This initiative improves the base pay of Ministry of Justice employees to enable the Ministry of Justice to maintain quality justice services. This will be done by introducing new pay bands and increasing wages across the Ministry of Justice.

Improving Remuneration and Development Opportunities for Artists and Arts Practitioners Through Payment of a Fairer Wage

$4 million operating
This initiative will enable Creative New Zealand to improve arts practitioners' working conditions by funding them at fairer wage levels.

Oranga Tamariki Social Workers Pay Equity Claim Settlement

$114.6 million operating
This initiative aims to maintain current outcomes for New Zealand children and strengthen the social work profession, by paying statutory social workers in line with the 2018 social worker pay equity settlement.

Pay Equity: Settlement and Programme Costs

$14.8 million operating
This initiative aims to ensure women receive the same pay as men for doing the same work and also for doing work that is different but of equal value. This will be done by assessing current claims, funding litigation costs, oversight and coordination of potential future pay-equity claims in the education sector.

Police Constabulary and Employee Bargaining

$127.4 million operating
This initiative provides funding to support the settlement of two collective agreements: the Police Constabulary collective agreement and the Police Employee collective agreement.

Tools and Resources to Support the Effective Implementation of the New Pay Equity Regime

$1 million operating
$0.1 million capital

This initiative aims to support more enduring and robust pay-equity settlements that address the historical undervaluation of work performed predominantly by women, owing to sex-based discrimination. This will be achieved through providing funding for guidance, tools and data for people making pay-equity claims and for employers who consider those claims.

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