Both the Careers Information Grant and the per-pupil component form part of the total operational funding available to each Board of Trustees. Each Board decides how it will budget all its resources in order to meet its obligations, including the National Administration Guidelines, and as it thinks appropriate to meet the particular needs of its school and community. No component of operational funding is tagged for any particular purpose*. The Board, and only the Board, decides what the budget will be. The Education Review Office audits regulations such as the requirement for Careers education and guidance in order to assist Boards in meeting their responsibilities to implement Government policy. Its focus is on the quality of provision for students rather than the exact amount of money spent.

This funding is provided to boards with year 9–13 + students to assist with costs associated with providing careers information and guidance.


This grant is calculated in accordance with the school’s decile, which determines the relevant per pupil rate, and the total number of students enrolled in years 9–13+.

Decile 1 37.31
Decile 2 35.85
Decile 3 32.91
Decile 4 29.97
Decile 5 27.07
Decile 6 21.94
Decile 7 18.25
Decile 8 16.82
Decile 9 16.09
Decile 10 15.36

A key goal of the Government is to see that young people become successful participants in the New Zealand economy and society once they complete their education and training. To achieve this, students need to make appropriate decisions about their education, training and career paths.


The original intention of the CIG was to provide staffing, resources and professional development. Some possible uses of the grant include:

* Providing school-wide access to Internet based sites such as Careers New Zealand
* Individual career interviews for students using professional career practitioners.
* Using the consortium model to assist one another in interviewing students
* Career mentoring programmes.
* “Buying” release time for you to work with other staff members to develop a school-wide carers programme
* Subsidising travel to career expos, etc.
* Buying resources – class materials / units / outlines.
* Paying ancillary staff/Careers assistant
* Assisting with professional development (note this would be over and above your normal staff entitlement)


The goal of the STAR grant is to assist boards to better meet the needs of senior students. It does this by granting additional funds for boards to use in accessing a wide range of courses, and career related experiences, to provide greater opportunities for senior students. Some of the funding may be used to employ a STAR coordinator and/or administration support.

STAR Information

How STAR funding is calculated


STAR and Gateway were reviewed to ensure alignment between these longstanding programmes and more recent initiatives at the secondary-tertiary-employment interface, such as Youth Guarantee, Trades Academies, and the Vocational Pathways.

There have now been changes made to the following:

  • increasing expected credit achievement for STAR and Gateway
  • aligning STAR and Gateway with the Vocational Pathways
  • re-weighting STAR funding across Years 11 to 13
  • improving reporting about STAR.

More information can be found here.


The purpose of Gateway is to enable schools to provide senior students (year 11 and above) with opportunities to access structured workplace learning that has:

  • a formalised learning arrangement set in the workplace
  • specified knowledge and skills that a student will attain
  • specified assessment methods (workplace learning).


Funding and Payments

Monitoring and Reporting

2017 Funding Round