New Zealand Railways Corporation (Staff) Regulations 1982

Reprint as at 18 December 2013

New Zealand Railways Corporation (Staff) Regulations 1982

(SR 1982/46)

David Beattie, Governor-General

Order in Council

At the Government Buildings at Wellington this 15th day of March 1982

The Right Hon D MacIntyre presiding in Council


Changes authorised by subpart 2 of Part 2 of the Legislation Act 2012 have been made in this official reprint.

Note 4 at the end of this reprint provides a list of the amendments incorporated.

These regulations are administered by the Ministry of Transport.

Pursuant to the New Zealand Railways Corporation Act 1981, His Excellency the Governor-General, acting by and with the advice and consent of the Executive Council, hereby makes the following regulations.


Part 1

1 Title and commencement

2 Interpretation

Part 2
Engagement of employees

3 Application for employment

4 Documents required from candidates

5 Documents required from candidates for temporary positions

6 Temporary employment

7 Minimum and maximum ages for engagement as a probationer

8 Minimum educational qualifications

9 Registration of candidates for employment

10 Selection of candidates for employment

11 Candidate's rights

12 Medical examination prior to engagement

13 Candidates failing to take up employment when offered

14 Candidates travelling to take up duty

Part 3
Conditions of employment and permanent appointment

15 Employees to be members of a service organisation [Revoked]

16 Relatives working together

17 Period of probation

18 Appointment to permanent staff

19 Apprentices to attend day classes

20 Corporation examinations

21 Apprentices to provide stationery, etc

22 Apprentices attending classes at educational institutions

23 Attendances at night classes

24 Apprentices to provide apparatus, etc

25 Special leave for study at day classes

26 Special leave provisions

27 Voluntary attendance at classes at educational institutions outside normal working hours

28 Trade training

29 Corporation may dismiss apprentices

30 Corporation may vary regulations

31 Reimbursement of fees for classes at educational institutions

Part 4
Authorisation and grading of positions

32 Corporation's authority

Part 5
Seniority of members

33 Preparation of list of staff

34 Order of seniority of salaried division

35 Special promotion of members

36 Order of seniority of general division

Part 6

37 Increments of pay and advancement from one grade to another

38 General division members declining to accept promotion

39 Members who are not to act in advanced capacity

40 Advancement in class 4 conditional on passing controlling officers' examination

41 Corporation may advance certain members in class 4 who have not passed examination

42 Promotion of temporary employees in salaried division

43 Engineering staff

44 Architectural staff

45 Promotion of members from general division to class 4 of the salaried division

46 Certain other promotions from general division to salaried division

47 Promotion of signalman

48 Promotion of leading freight operator and leading traffic operator

49 Promotion of disabled employees to salaried division

50 Rates of pay on promotion to salaried division

51 Appointment as guard and senior shunter

52 Appointment as signalman

53 Corporation may waive or reduce service period

54 Promotion to locomotive assistant

55 Promotion to enginedriver

56 Promotion to leading plumber

57 Designation as a communications technician

Part 7
Appeal Board

58 Interpretation and election of members

59 Appointment of Secretary

60 Institution of appeals

61 Corporation to answer appeals

62 Duties of Secretary to Appeal Board

63 Promulgation of decisions of Board

64 Right of appeal

65 Adjournment of sittings

66 Board to determine appeals

67 Facilities for members attending sittings

68 Witness resident at a distance

69 Right of Board to fix costs

70 Giving evidence from a distance

Part 8
Duties and conduct

71 Duties to be performed as specified

72 Assignment of duties

73 Employees to seek guidance

74 Hours of duty

75 Absence from duty

76 Employees to attend for duty when instructed

77 Employees to advise controlling officer when unable to attend for duty

78 Employees to produce medical certificates

79 Employees notifying address, change of address, or marital status

80 Members and probationers to reside in locality specified by Corporation

81 Members or probationers to transfer to locality specified by Corporation

82 Conduct of employees

83 Employees to be courteous

84 Protection of Corporation property

85 Employees forbidden to convert Corporation property to their own use

86 Employees forbidden to solicit gratuities

87 Employees forbidden to seek outside influence

88 Employees not to divulge official information without authority

89 Employees not to give testimonials

90 Members, probationers, and apprentices not to engage in private employment

91 Activities on public bodies

92 Smoking on duty

93 Intemperance of employees

Part 9
Charges and complaints

94 Procedure for laying complaints

95 Employees to furnish explanation

96 Corporation may institute inquiry

Part 10

97 Failure to perform duties

98 Imposition of penalties

99 Controlling officer to report employee

100 Alternatives to dismissal

101 Suspension of employee

102 Notification of suspension of employees

103 Payment of wages during suspension

104 Suspension of employees not on duty

105 Notification of penalty

106 Forfeiture of privileges on dismissal

Part 11

107 Employees to report accidents sustained while on duty

108 Employees not to expose themselves to danger

Part 12
Allowances and expenses

109 Special allowances

110 Gratuity instead of retiring leave

111 Employees with war disabilities

112 Allowances for war disabilities

113 Allowances to cease

114 Employees with defective vision or hearing

115 Adjustments to allowances for defective vision or hearing

116 Cessation of allowances for defective vision or hearing

117 Expenses for families of employees transferred

118 Corporation to determine what expenses shall be payable

119 Expenses incurred by employees in connection with their duties

120 Employees to produce evidence of entitlement to allowances or expenses

121 Receipts required in support of claim

Part 13
Leave of absence

122 Leave of absence subject to satisfactory conduct

123 Misuse of leave of absence

124 Emergency leave

125 Debiting of emergency leave

126 Special leave

127 Promotion suspended while on special leave

128 Retrospective grant of emergency leave or sick leave

129 Revocation of grant of leave

Part 14
Employees qualifying in an engineering or other profession

130 Corporation scholarships

131 Special leave for employees attending university courses

Part 15
Free travel and travelling on duty

132 Free travel

133 Travelling on duty

134 Travel by air

135 Authority needed for sleeping berths

136 Use of private vehicles on Corporation business

Part 16
Free passes, free tickets, and privilege tickets

137 Employees not to sell free passes, etc

138 Forfeiture of passes, etc

139 Restrictions on use of free passes, etc

140 Users of free passes, etc, to furnish evidence of identity on request

141 Signature of person other than retired employee may be accepted in certain cases

142 Free passes, etc, to be subject to conditions

143 Free passes and free tickets for families of employees

144 Stores free pass for spouse or housekeeper of an employee

145 Free passes and free tickets for families of retiring employees

146 Privilege tickets for employees' families, retired employees and their families, and deceased employees' families

Part 17
Occupation of Corporation premises and sleeping accommodation

147 Conditions of occupation of Corporation premises, etc

Part 18
Employees leaving the Corporation

148 Notice to be given

149 Corporation property to be returned

Part 19
Reduction of staff

150 Corporation may authorise when necessary

151 Employees may be temporarily laid off in certain cases

152 Particulars of employees dispensed with to be retained

153 Re-employment of ex-employees

Part 20

154 Revocations

Schedule 1
Indenture of apprenticeship

Schedule 2
Regulations revoked

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