Medical retirement

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Medical retirement can be considered for Secondary Teachers, Secondary Principals, Area School Teachers, Area School Principals and Primary Principals who have a terminal or serious illness. To meet the threshold for consideration of a medical retirement the employee may have a terminal or serious illness which is impacting on their ability to carry out their current duties.

To determine eligibility for medical retirement there is information available in several collective agreements. Please click here for the centralised information on the application process provided by the Ministry of Education.

We also recommend when dealing with a potential medical retirement situation to seek early advice from NZSTA Employment Adviser to assist with managing the process. To arrange this please contact our helpdesk on 0800 782 435 (option 2) or email

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