We’re addressing payroll system non-compliance issues relating to the Holidays Act 2003 to ensure all current and former MFAT staff receive their correct leave entitlements.

How it affects you

If you were employed by us at any point since July 2010 and paid through the Ministry’s Wellington-based payroll system, your leave and final pay may not have been calculated and paid correctly.

What you can do

Complete the form below to help us check if you're affected, and email it to HolidaysAct@mfat.govt.nz.

We’ll confirm your details and let you know whether or not a payment is due to you, and what the next steps will be.

Form - former MFAT employee [XLSX, 13 KB]

If you have any questions or issues with this form, email us at HolidaysAct@mfat.govt.nz.

Checking for a deceased person or someone you act for

To check if a deceased person’s estate or someone you act for is due a remediation payment, you’ll need to verify your identity and provide documentation confirming you are authorised to act on behalf of the estate or person.

Complete the form below and return it with relevant documentation to HolidaysAct@mfat.govt.nz.

Form - on behalf of former MFAT employee [XLSX, 13 KB]

Timing of remediation payments

To pay you, we first need to confirm and verify your information, which will take us some time.

Contact us using the form above as soon as possible so we can confirm if you're affected, verify any changes to bank account details or tax code, and arrange payment to you.

We can only make payments to a New Zealand-based bank account.

Consequences for tax or benefits

We encourage you to contact the relevant organisation such as Inland Revenue for advice about whether your remediation payment affects any agreement you have with them about your current earnings, benefits, child support or any other matters.

The Inland Revenue website has useful information on the tax treatment of lump sum payments such as an arrears payment here (external link).

You can also contact the IRD directly on 0800 227 774.

Our work to comply

As well as remediating any historical holiday pay entitlements, we have a specialist team working to rectify issues with our payroll system to ensure it is fully compliant with the Holidays Act and that our people are paid correctly.

More information

We’ll update this page as we go, so come back for further details.

Email us if you have any questions at HolidaysAct@mfat.govt.nz.