We are replacing Novopay with a fully online service we call EdPay. This will improve timeliness, accuracy and quality of information.

By moving fully online, we will increase automation. This will remove many of the pain points for payroll users, particularly processes based on lengthy, manual forms.

We’re making EdPay intuitive and easy to use. We’ll make it easy for users to get things right – and hard to get them wrong. Schools will also have a lot of useful information at their fingertips that they don’t have now, including the ability to see payroll information and employment terms for all school staff, in one place.

We are engaging with schools early

We are currently testing an early version of EdPay. Our initial test group includes payroll administrators and principals from 11 schools. We will add more schools to this ‘beta’ group. 15 more schools from the Greater Wellington region will join the testing in May. We will then add users to represent different schools from throughout the country.

The beta group will continue to test new features before we roll them out to all users.


We expect to begin rolling out to schools in mid to late 2019.

We will be rolling out EdPay in a careful and considered way – groups of schools and a few functions at a time. Schools will need to use EdPay and Novopay together for a period. We will not go live until schools are ready and we have the support they need in place. Schools will be supported by dedicated payroll advisers throughout the rollout, as they are now.

We’ll announce more about EdPay and the EdPay rollout soon.

More information

Executive Summary of Business Case (.pdf, 1Mb)

Detailed Business Case (.pdf, 5Mb)