Become an accredited employer

To become accredited, you’ll need to be able show us you meet all of the criteria for accreditation – you can do this by providing the evidence we ask for. Before we make a decision about your accreditation application, we may consult with relevant New Zealand unions and other government agencies.

What you need to do

Financial position

Your organisation must be in a sound financial position. The following factors may be taken into consideration when determining whether this requirement is met:

  • the period for which the organisation has been established as a going concern;
  • financial indicators such as revenue, profit and equity levels;
  • reserve capital;
  • ability to sustain current and proposed employment;
  • accounts receivable;
  • whether the organisation is a state sector agency whose financial situation and performance is included in the Crown accounts as part of the Government reporting entity under the Public Finance Act 1989; 
  • whether the organisation is a local authority named in Schedule 2 of the Local Government Act 2002.

If available, you should provide the following records covering at least 2 financial years to evidence the financial position of the organisation:

  • annual reports
  • financial statements
  • business plans

 

Human resources

You must have good human resource practices. The following factors may be taken into consideration when determining whether this requirement is met: 

  • WorkSafe NZ or Labour Inspectorate findings;
  • content of sample employment agreements;
  • evidence of HR and health and safety policies and procedures;
  • whether the organisation is International Organisation for Standardisation (IOS) certified;
  • feedback from relevant unions and other employee representatives.

The following documentation should be submitted with your application as evidence of your human resource practices: 

  • an organisation chart showing how many people you employ and the areas they work in
  • documents outlining your human resource policies and processes
  • health and safety documents
  • copies of standard employment agreements
  • details of any redundancies in your business within the last year.

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We’ll work with relevant unions to assess if you meet this requirement.

Workplace practices

You must have good workplace practices.

The following factors may be taken into consideration when determining whether this requirement is met:

  • the extent of any non-compliance with immigration or employment legislation;
  • policies and processes in place to ensure the organisation remains compliant with immigration and employment legislation;
  • feedback from relevant unions and other employee representatives;
  • whether you have diversity policies and practices in place as outlined by Diversity Works NZ

The following documentation should be submitted with your application as evidence of your workplace practices:

  • a sample employment agreement;
  • evidence of diversity policies (if any are in place)

Training and employing New Zealanders

You must be committed to training and employing New Zealanders.

The following factors may be taken into consideration when determining whether this requirement is met:

  • whether you have engaged with the relevant Industry Training Organisation (ITO);
  • evidence of training provided to staff who are New Zealand citizens or residents;
  • whether you  make genuine attempts to recruit New Zealand citizens or residents to fill any vacancies, including that advertised vacancies accurately reflect the position and salary or wages;
  • the proportion of the organisation’s workforce who are New Zealand citizens or residents;
  • feedback from relevant unions and other employee representatives.

The following documentation should be submitted with your application as evidence of your human resource practices:

  • proof of any in-house training or development programmes for New Zealand citizens or residents
  • proof of your involvement with New Zealand Industry Training Organisations
  • invoices for your employees who are New Zealand citizens or residents to attend external training courses
  • apprenticeship or graduate programmes
  • any other documents you think show that you’re committed to training and employing New Zealanders.

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We’ll work with relevant unions to assess if you meet this requirement.

Next steps

You apply for employer accreditation

Complete the 'Employer Accreditation Application' and send it to us together with your application fee and supporting documents.

To make sure your application is processed in time, it’s a good idea to apply 3 months before you need to start recruiting.

Employer Accreditation Application (INZ 1090) PDF 480KB
Fees guide (INZ 1028) PDF 272KB

We make a decision about your application

We’ll assess your application as soon as we can.

Before we make a decision about your application, we may:

  • consult with unions and other government agencies
  • ask for you more information
  • ask to visit your worksite
  • ask you to attend an interview.

If we approve your accreditation application we'll include your name on the 'Accredited Employers List'.

Accredited Employers List