Investment Toolkit

Investment Toolkit

Last updated 4 June 2019
Last updated 4 June 2019

The Investment Toolkit provides information, products and templates for the 2019 Investment Round. 

Our objective is to make high-quality investment decisions that achieve better social and economic outcomes for learners and New Zealand - this Toolkit will help us work together to achieve this.

The products and templates contained in the Investment Toolkit:

  • explain in more detail what we want to invest in, and how we will make decisions
  • support you to better understand, articulate and improve your own performance
  • make it simpler to do business with us.
  • Investment Round Roadmap (PDF, 567 Kb)


We have made some changes to our approach to the 2019 Investment Round including having a slightly earlier deadline for tertiary education institution (TEI)  Investment Plan submission.


Indicative timing

TEC releases Plan Guidance 

Dec 2018

TEC releases Investment Toolkit material 

March 2019

TEC releases Gazette Notice

March 2019

Deadline for Summary of Planned Shifts (TEOs to be advised of this requirement)

30 April 2019

Plan engagement

March 2019 – Aug 2019

Government announces Budget 2019

30 May 2019

TEC provides indicative allocations, and releases Mix of Provision (MoP) and Education Performance Indicator Commitments (EPICs) templates

3 June 2019

TEC releases Supplementary Plan Guidance to reflect any policy or Budget changes (as required)

June 2019

Deadline for Plan Exempt PTEs to submit MoPs templates

21 June 2019 

Deadline for Mid-cycle TEOs top submit MoP templates

12 July 2019

Deadline for Plan required TEOs to submit Strategic Intent, MoPs and EPIC templates

If you are an ITP or an ITO you are exempt from submitting the Strategic Intent part of your plan

12 July 2019

Deadline for Gateway providers to submit request for funding form

30 Aug 2019

TEC makes funding decisions

Oct 2019

TEOs notified of decisions via Plan funding approval letter

From 30 Oct 2019

First payments

Jan 2020

Products to describe our approach to decision-making

These products describe what Investment Plans have to cover, how we will calculate allocations for each fund and our approach to decision-making.

In February 2018 we published Investment Briefs for Student Achievement Component (SAC) and Youth Guarantee (YG) funding. The SAC and YG Investment Briefs have been updated for the 2019 Investment Round. Along with the SAC and YG Investment Briefs being updated we are also publishing Investment Briefs for the Industry Training Fund (ITF) for the first time.

Plan content and assessment criteria

The TEC sets criteria for the content of the Investment Plans, Plan summaries, the submission process and timetable, and how Plans will be assessed. These are published in the New Zealand Gazette.

Plan Gazette notice for 2019

Investment Briefs

The Investment Briefs are a summary of our goals and what we want to achieve across particular areas of provision. 

SAC and YG Investment Briefs

Industry Training Fund (ITF) Investment Briefs

Construction Investment Brief

Secondary Initial Teacher Education Brief

Focus Area Briefs

Focus Area Briefs identify goals for key strategic areas, and explain how we will work with tertiary education organisations (TEOs) to achieve them. They are provided to support drafting of Investment Plans. We expect Tertiary Education Organisations Plans to support the directions set out in the FABs that are relevant to them.

Providing stronger pathways for Māori and Pasifika into rewarding tertiary qualifications and meaningful careers is a priority. Partnerships with Māori and Pasifika communities, secondary schools and employers will be vital to achieving this.

In response to this Focus Area Brief in 2018, a small group of Tai Tokerau Northland TEOs, in partnership with other organisations, submitted the Tai Tokerau Regional Investment Plan (TRIP).

It is the product of extensive engagement, consultation and collaboration across key stakeholders and partners in the region, including iwi and community, the compulsory secondary-tertiary education sectors, local government agencies and industry.

During 2019 we want more TEOs and organisations in the region to consider how they can be part of the TRIP from 2020. The TRIP, so far focused on He Whenua, has provided the foundation for a strong tertiary education plan for the region to build on in the next few years.

We want to enable rewarding and productive careers that will provide the skills needed to lift productivity and future-proof the food and fibre sector. Partnerships with Industry and Māori organisations are essential for effective long-term delivery of education and training for the food and fibre sector.

The ability to innovate is crucial for New Zealand’s social, economic, and environmental future. We will invest more in provision and postgraduate research that develops innovation skills.

A tertiary education system that works for all New Zealanders

We need a tertiary education system that works for all New Zealanders. Both TEOs and TEC will need to do things differently to achieve parity for Māori and Pasifika learners.

Tools to help you understand your performance

When we assess your Investment Plan, we will look for evidence that you have used multiple sources of information and data to build up a robust picture of your performance.

Some of these tools and information sources are provided below to support this. 

Post-Study Outcomes (PSO) information product

Good outcomes for learners are at the heart of the tertiary education system. This information product provides national and TEO-level data about outcomes for graduates by subject area, level of study, age, ethnicity, and gender. Where graduates are in employment, the information product contains data about their earnings. Access to Post-Study Outcomes is through Ngā Kete.

My Performance ITR

This information product allows ITOs to explore all the data used to calculate Educational Performance Indicators (EPIs). Access to the My Performance ITR information product is through Ngā Kete.

My Funding Conditions Monitoring

This information product supports engagement on Youth Guarantee and SAC 1-2 delivery volumes and compliance with related funding conditions. TEOs can see compliance over time since 2017 and identify any areas of non-compliance. Access to Funding Conditions Monitoring is through Ngā Kete.

Tertiary Performance SDR information product

The Tertiary Performance SDR information product makes it easier for TEOs to understand their own performance in the context of how different sub-sectors and the overall system are performing.

This will support our engagements with you on performance improvement and learner achievement. Access to the Tertiary Performance SDR information product is though Ngā Kete.

My Commitments information product

This information product provides information on tertiary education organisation (TEO) supplied commitments (both mix of provision and performance). Access to My Commitments information product is through Ngā Kete.

Pre-2019 Performance Commitments information product

This information product provides information on tertiary education organisation (TEO) supplied commitments (both mix of provision and performance) pre-2019. Access to My Commitments information product is through Ngā Kete.

My Performance information product

This information product allows you to explore all the single data return (SDR) data used to calculate Educational Performance Indicators (EPIs). Access to My Performance information product is through Ngā Kete.

Capability Framework

The Capability Framework is a self-assessment tool that allows a TEO to gain an understanding of their organisational capability.

If you want to complete the Capability Framework please contact your Relationship Manager or the Sector Helpdesk.

Due to the current consultation on the reform of vocational education, the release of the ITO version of the Capability Framework has been put on hold.

Benchmarking with NZBT+  (PDF, 685 Kb)

Using comparative data to build institutional capability

NZBT+ (New Zealand Benchmarking Tool) 

For TEIs: provides a comparative cost-efficiency view of your operations

Tertiary career development benchmarks

Helps TEOs self-assess their capability in supporting students’ career development

Student Voice full report 

Provides guidance for TEOs on ways to engage with students.

Information about labour market demand

We will add to these lists periodically as new information becomes available. If you have any suggestions for other reports or resources that you would like us to add, please contact  

General labour market information sources

Labour market information sources by region


Tai Tokerau Northland Economic Action Plan


ATEED’s Auckland Innovation Plan

Bay of Plenty

Bay of Connections

East Coast

Activate Tairāwhiti’s Economic Action Plan


Waikato Means Business: An Economic Development Strategy for the Waikato Region


Taranaki Regional Economic Development Strategy 2010-2035


Accellerate25: Manawatū-Whanganui Economic Action Plan

Hawke’s Bay

HBREDS’s Matariki Strategy


WREDA’s  Big Ideas for Economic Growth


The Nelson Regional Development Agency Identity and Strategy

West Coast

West Coast Economic Development Action Plan


CDC’s Economic Development Strategy


Dunedin NZ’s Economic Development Strategy

Central Otago Economic and Business Development Strategy


Southland regional strategy

Labour market information sources by industry


Templates for developing and submitting your Plan

The MoP and NZQF templates are the same as in previous years. Historical data will be available in My Commitments application. These are examples provided for informational purposes only. Working templates will be available from June 2019.

In 2018, we made a number of changes to the EPI Commitments (EPIC) templates for SAC and Youth Guarantee for 2019 onwards.

The templates were updated to use the EPI methodologies we introduced in 2016, including the cohort groups (1-3, 4-7 non-degree, 7 degree, 8-10). For SAC, we now have one template covering levels 1-10.

To support a focus on parity, the SAC and YG templates collect commitments for ‘Non-Māori, non-Pasifika’, rather than ‘All Learners’.

The templates no longer contain historical performance information, which is available through the My Performance and My Commitments apps.

This year we have improved our process for making additional funding requests. TEOs experiencing increased demand (or with forecast demand) in areas of strategic priority can make a request for additional funding by submitting a Request for Additional funding template to Workspace2.

This process applies to all TEOs applying for 2020 funding or to amend 2019 funding. The Funds covered include the SAC 1 and 2, SAC levels three and above, Youth Guarantee, Industry Training, Adult Community Education (ACE), and some Literacy and Numeracy funds.

We will assess whether funding the programmes requested will contribute to achieving our strategic priorities.

We will give priority to additional funding requests from TEOs with:

  • an External Evaluation and Review  rating of 1 or 2 as at 1 May 2019
  • a confident or highly confident assessment of the 2020 proposed Plan (where a Plan is required)
  • a financial viability rating for PTEs and Community Education Providers of low or medium risk, and
  • no investigations underway.

We will also assess your delivery and performance for the relevant fund.

For more information, including a detailed outline of the criteria, please see Additional Funding Request – Further information

Want to know more?

For more information about the Investment round, please contact your Relationship Manager or call our Customer Contact Group on 0800 601 301