Book leave

The requirements for booking leave vary for different employment agreements and leave types. See A–Z of payroll for more detail relating to specific leave types.


  • Always check that the leave request is in line with the employee's employment agreement.
    See the Ministry of Education website: Employment agreements
    Contact NZ School Trustees Association if you need help to interpret employment agreement details.
  • It is important to use the correct leave type code, and reason code where these apply. See Leave codes.


Where possible, book leave in advance or in the pay period in which it is taken. Submit leave bookings before the current pay period cut-off times. See Cut-off times for pay instructions.

Checklist for booking leave

  • Check the employee's employment agreement to ensure they are entitled to take the requested leave, and that they have supplied medical certificate(s), Ministry approval or other documentation, if applicable. See the Ministry of Education website: Employment agreements
  • Carefully calculate the number of days/half days that the employee is taking.
    See Count number of leave days.
  • Check the employee's leave balance to determine if it is sufficient to cover the requested number of days. See Manage leave balances.
  • Obtain approval from the principal or authorised delegate in line with the board's policy.
    See Leave management for roles and responsibilities.
  • Determine whether you will need to split the leave request into more than one leave booking, as follows:
  • If the employee works multiple jobs at the school, sick leave can only be booked against one of their jobs otherwise too many sick leave days will be deducted. Determine which of their job(s) to book the leave against. If required, create a separate booking for each job.
  • If leave is to be split across multiple leave types, create a separate booking for each leave type.
  • If a leave request consists of full and half days, create a separate booking for each set of consecutive full or half days. For example, if an employee takes two full days, then a half day, then another full day, this must be entered online or on the form as three separate booking entries.
  • Book leave in EdPay or on a NOVO12 form as specified below.

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EdPay or form?

The tables below list leave types that can be booked in EdPay. Book leave types not listed here using a NOVO12 form.


  • Use a NOVO12 form to book leave that requires two different leave codes for the same day, eg half a day sick leave paid, and half a day sick leave without pay.
  • If leave requires Ministry approval or accompanying documentation, attach the relevant documents with the NOVO12 form. See A–Z of payroll for more detail relating to specific leave types.
  • If you are unable to book leave online, you can send a NOVO12 form to the Education Payroll Service Centre. In this case, note in the email that you were unable to enter the leave in EdPay.
  • Please complete a Novo12 form for the leave bookings and advise the hours and funding code (if applicable) in your email request for the following:
  1. timesheet employee
  2. terminated or lapsed employee
  3. leave booked more than five pay periods prior to the previous pay period
  4. any other leave where you cannot enter the details directly into EdPay
For any leave related to ACC, please complete a NOVO12acc form.

Paid leave

An approved paid leave booking of a type listed below can be entered in EdPay if it falls no more than five pay periods in the past or in the current or a future pay period. The employee must have an entitlement where one is required. To book leave taken in earlier pay periods, use a NOVO12 form.

Leave code Description
AL Annual leave – 52 week non-teacher
BREVL Bereavement/tangihanga leave
DISCR Discretionary leave
ILPUB In lieu of a public holiday
JURYL Jury leave
LSL Long service leave
LSLG Long service leave SSS grandparented (secretaries)
LSLGA Long service leave SSS grandparented (ancillary)
LSLGE Long service leave SSS grandparented (executive)
PARBI Leave to attend partner at birth of their child
PRFDV Plan/prep/prof development leave residential
PRFDV Professional development
RECLE Recreation leave
SANTS Anticipated sick leave – statutory (Table B only)
SHIFT Shift leave residential employee
SL Sick leave
SUSPN Suspension
TOIL Time off in lieu
UNION Union leave

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Leave without pay

An approved leave without pay booking of a type listed below can only be loaded in EdPay if it falls no more than one pay period in the past or in the current or a future pay period. To book leave without pay taken in earlier pay periods, use a NOVO12 form.

Important: When retrospective leave without pay is to be booked, the salary for the unpaid leave days will be deducted from the current pay. Therefore, complete a NOVO12 form if the employee's current pay is insufficient to cover the adjustment, as the employee will be in an overpayment situation. This will always be the case when a fortnight or more of leave without pay is booked.

Leave code Description
BRVWO Bereavement/tangihanga leave without pay
MILWO Military training leave without pay
MLWOP Maternity leave without pay
PARWO Parental leave without pay
REFWO Refreshment leave without pay
SLWOP Sick leave without pay
STRIK Strike without pay
SUSWO Suspension unpaid
UNWOP Union leave without pay

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Book leave

Check out the Quick start guide on the Training page.

When you are booking leave in EdPay, pressing 'submit' will create the leave booking instantly. Before you submit the request, check that you have entered the correct leave dates, leave type code (and reason if applicable) and number of days. Leave can only be booked as full days or half days.
If you book one day, EdPay gives the option to select either 1 Day or 0.5 Day. You will need to book any half days from a leave range on a separate request, as booking a date range will only allow full days.

Eg - The employee has taken Sick Leave for 3.5 days, with the first day being a half day.
You will need to book a half day SL, then make a separate SL booking for the next three days

See Leave codes and reasons for the correct code to use.

For leave bookings that cannot be booked in EdPay (see above), complete a NOVO12 form and send it to the Education Payroll Service Centre.

View leave bookings

To view employee leave bookings in EdPay:

  • Go to the Activity History to see a record of the submitted request
  • Go to the Leave History screen to see the leave bookings for your school - you can filter by employee and leave type, and sort the columns by date. This can be dowloaded as a CSV file
  • Check your SUE report 

Leave bookings for the current pay period also show on the Staff Usage and Expenditure (SUE) report and the School Annual and Sick Leave report.

Record keeping

See Payroll record keeping for guidance on keeping good records.

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Related links

How to:

EdPay training:

A-Z of payroll:


Other websites:

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