Archived News

Archived News

Last updated 8 July 2020
Last updated 8 July 2020

Archived News items.







27 August 2019

Update on the Reform of Vocational Education

Since the Reform of Vocational Education, or RoVE, was announced by the Minister of Education Chris Hipkins earlier this month,  there have been a number of announcements relating to the reforms.

26 August 2019

My Allocations and Payments

My Allocations and Payments is a new self-service information product that we will launch on Ngā Kete in October 2019.

22 August 2019

Qualification Development Fund

Qualification developers can apply now for Qualification Development Fund funding.

20 August 2019

Police officer, psychologist, top job searches

There’s a strong theme of supporting and caring for New Zealanders in the latest search data from the website.

1 August 2019

Government announces new vision for vocational education

The Minister has today announced the decision to proceed with the proposals on the Reform of Vocational Education ...

25 July 2019

Centres of Research Excellence (CoREs) next funding round to open

The 2019/20 funding round for Centres of Research Excellence (CoREs) will open soon, the Tertiary Education Commission announced today.

19 July 2019

TEC takes action on false declarations

The Tertiary Education Commission is laying charges under section 292A of the Education Act 1989 against three individuals for making a false representation ...

18 July 2019

Consultation on AMFM rate for 2020

The Minister of Education is proposing an Annual Maximum Fee Movement (AMFM) rate of 2 percent for tertiary education organisations (TEOs) for 2020.

11 July 2019

Education performance indicators published

Every year we publish educational performance indicators (EPIs) for each tertiary education organisation (TEO) we fund.

5 July 2019

Introducing the TEC Statement of Intent and Statement of Performance Expectations

We are committed to making a positive difference to the prosperity and wellbeing of all New Zealanders through tertiary education and careers services. 

25 June 2019

Updates to funds management and payments processes

As part of our commitment to delivering effective and efficient service and support to TEOs, we've made some changes to provide more consistency and accountability to the way we work.

20 June 2019

New appointments to TEC’s Board of Commissioners

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has appointed two new commissioners to the TEC Board, both for three-year terms.

17 June 2019

Three micro-credentials receive funding

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has announced three micro-credentials will receive funding from the Government ...

14 June 2019

New and current ITO training agreements

Chief Executive Tim Fowler has written to all Industry Training Organisations (ITO) to confirm current or new training agreements will be honoured for the duration of the training period ...

12 June 2019

Minister releases results of first year of Fees Free policy

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has announced the results from the first year of the Fees Free policy.

7 June 2019

Construction hub goes live

The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) has launched a construction hub on its popular website to attract more people to the growing sector.

4 June 2019

2020 Indicative Allocations and updates to the Investment Toolkit

Indicative Allocation Letters have been provisioned to tertiary education organisations (TEO) Workspaces today.

31 May 2019

Budget 2019 and tertiary education

Budget 2019 has been announced and holds positive news for tertiary education.

30 May 2019

Budget 2019 at a glance

Budget 2019 has been announced and holds positive news for tertiary education.

20 May 2019

Update on the Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE)

The official consultation period for the Reform of Vocational Education has now closed.

20 May 2019

PBRF: 2018 Quality Evaluation interim results released

On 30 April, we published the interim results of the 2018 Quality Evaluation, a major component of the Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF).

9 May 2019

Ministry of Education compulsory student services fees consultation

The Ministry of Education invites students and tertiary providers to have their say and give feedback on a minor update to the compulsory student services fees (CSSF) Ministerial Direction. 

30 April 2019

Research in New Zealand continues to strengthen and enlighten

The Quality Evaluation is one of the country’s biggest research assessments and equates to approximately 55 percent of the Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF), totaling over $1 billion for a six-year period.

23 April 2019

Being a police officer still tops the list of job searches into 2019

While a career as a police officer remains at the top of the table for most searched for jobs on, other careers have appeared on the ladder this quarter.

5 April 2019

RoVE consultation period comes to an end

The consultation period for the Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE) proposals closed on 5 April 2019.

2 April 2019

Meeting the demands of work, now and in the future

The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) commissioned research to help us understand the skills needs, preferences and demands of employers in New Zealand so that we can improve how we match skills in the future. 

29 March 2019

Investment Toolkit updated with further information to support the 2019 Investment Round

On 15 March 2019 we released new information and products in the Investment Toolkit. 

20 March 2019

Public consultation on the Reform of Vocational Education

On 13 February 2019 the Minister of Education launched the public consultation on the Government’s proposals for the Reform of Vocational Education.

18 March 2019

Message from the Tertiary Education Commission

Our thoughts are with the Muslim community, the students and staff at tertiary education organisations, and all the people of Christchurch at this time.

Communities have their say on vocational education

Consultation and engagement with communities on the Reform of Vocational Education continues this month across New Zealand.

11 March 2019

Investment Toolkit updated with new tools

New and updated information, products and templates have been added to the Investment Toolkit. 

27 February 2019

Reform of Vocational Education - have your say face-to-face

Meetings and events are underway throughout New Zealand on the Government’s Reform of Vocational Education proposals, says TEC Chief Executive Tim Fowler.

5 February 2019

Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) to take over Telford campus of Taratahi

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has agreed to a proposal from the Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) to take over the Telford campus of the Taratahi Agricultural Centre.

31 January 2019

Micro-credentials funding approval guidelines available

Information for tertiary education organisations (TEOs) seeking funding approval for micro-credentials is now available. This includes guidelines for developing applications.

17 January 2019

Information for Taratahi students, including Telford students

Taratahi Institute of Agriculture (Taratahi) went into interim liquidation at the end of 2018.

8 January 2019

Top 10 most popular careers in 2018

The most popular career this year was police officer, according to the most searched for jobs on in 2018.


11 December 2018

New appointments to TEC’s Board of Commissioners

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has appointed two new commissioners to the TEC Board.

7 December 2018

Top global honour for NZ Marine apprenticeship scheme

The NZ Marine and Composites Industry Training Organisation (NZMAC ITO) received an outstanding achievement recently, when its apprenticeship programme was named best in the world for the marine and composites industries.

Release of Plan Guidance for 2019

The Plan Guidance for the 2019 investment round has been released. 

30 November 2018

Celebrating learner success

Universities New Zealand announced three New Zealand university graduates who were awarded the prestigious Rhodes Scholarships to carry out post-graduate study at the University of Oxford, England.

27 November 2018

Northland responds to Focus Area Brief: Tai Tokerau Northland

The TEC has developed several focus area briefs as part of our Investment Toolkit for the 2019 Investment Round, to support tertiary education organisations (TEOs).

22 November 2018

New partnership to promote careers in primary sectors

A new partnership between the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) and Primary Industry Capability Alliance (PICA) will see a collective focus on attracting and retaining talent in New Zealand’s fast-growing primary sectors.

7 November 2018

Performance-linked funding to end

From 2018 funding onwards, we will discontinue performance-linked funding (PLF).

6 November 2018

Digital Literacy – Computers in Homes applications open

The application process for Adult and Community Education (ACE) in Communities – Digital Literacy – Computers in Homes funding for 2019 is now open.

26 October 2018

Improvements made to Ngā Kete

We have made some changes to Ngā Kete as part of our ongoing commitment to improve the information product portal.

25 October 2018

Eligibility check for Fees Free 2019 now live

The Fees Free website is now live to check eligibility for 2019

17 October 2018

Education performance data published

Every year we publish educational performance indicators (EPIs) for each Tertiary Education Organisation (TEO) we fund.

12 October 2018

Youth Guarantee changes to better support delivery from 2019

We are changing expected learner workload for an equivalent full-time student (EFTS) for levels 1 and 2 Youth Guarantee qualifications from 2019.

10 October 2018 

Commissioner appointed at Whitireia and WelTec

Acting Education Minister Tracey Martin has confirmed the appointment of a Commissioner at Whitireia and WelTec.

4 October 2018

TEC tasked with growing construction careers and credentials

The Government officially launched its Construction Skills Action Plan on 4 October 2018. The action plan is designed to address the skills shortages in the construction sector.

18 September 2018

Preliminary decision to appoint a commissioner to Whitireia/WelTec

The Education Minister Chris Hipkins has made a preliminary decision to appoint a commissioner to Whitireia and WelTec.

5 September 2018

Annual Maximum Fee Movement exceptions 2019

We have published our process for receiving and considering TEO requests for an exception to the 2019 Annual Maximum Fee Movement (AMFM) limit of 2 percent.

27 August 2018

Improvements made to Ngā Kete Information Product Library

We’ve made some improvements to the Information Product Library in Ngā Kete. This is part of our ongoing commitment to keep making Ngā Kete work better for you.

22 August 2018

PBRF 2018 Quality Evaluation Update

The Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF) 2018 Quality Evaluation met a major milestone in July when the submission phase ended for participating tertiary education organisations (TEOs).

1 August 2018

Releasing the potential of micro-credentials

The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) welcomes NZQA’s decision to include micro-credentials as part of New Zealand’s regulated education and training system and is keen to hear from providers who are thinking about developing and delivering micro-credentials.

13 July 2018

Change to reporting for Condition: Confirmed student enrolments, and to funding for international research students

We are expanding the reporting requirement for Student Achievement Component (SAC) level 3 and above funding condition for 2019. The reporting requirement will include course enrolments where TEC funding is not claimed.

9 July 2018

Projected financial outcomes for the ITP sector, 2018-2022

Independent research commissioned by the TEC confirms that the ITP sector is facing significant financial challenges.

6 July 2018

Consultation on AMFM rate for 2019

The Minister of Education is proposing an Annual Maximum Fee Movement (AMFM) rate of 2 percent for tertiary education organisations (TEOs) for 2019.

3 July 2018

Shaping sector-wide capability through new Investment Toolkit framework

We have developed an exciting new tool in our Investment Toolkit that will significantly support the sector to deliver on their Investment Plan obligations. 

2 July 2018

Learning from 55 students and experts what it’s like to enter tertiary education

To better understand the tertiary education landscape we and the Service Innovation Lab completed a ‘prediscovery sprint’ to identify two things: what people found challenging, and what opportunities lay in the experience of entering or re-entering the tertiary education system.

31 May 2018

New information to support TEOs with Investment Plans 2019

We have published new information to support Tertiary Education Organisations (TEOs) develop their Investment Plans (Plans – including those Plan exempt) for funding from 2019.

30 May 2018

New Ngā Kete information product is now available – Tertiary Performance SDR.

Tertiary Performance SDR provides information on Tertiary Education Organisation (TEO) educational performance and learner achievement.

23 May 2018

New $13M biotech research project backed with Entrepreneurial Universities funding

The University of Waikato is launching a new biotech research project in Tauranga backed with Entrepreneurial Universities funding from the Tertiary Education Commission.

11 May 2018

Launch of PSO information products

Two new Ngā Kete information products are now available to TEOs – Post-Study Outcomes of Young Graduates, and Post-Study Outcomes by TEO.

10 May 2018

Panellists announced for the PBRF 2018 Quality Evaluation

The TEC announced panellists for the Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF) 2018 Quality Evaluation peer review panels today. 

7 May 2018

Workshops held to support 2018 Investment Round

We have held three sector workshops on the 2018 Investment Round and uploaded our third tranche of products for our Investment Toolkit.

12 April 2018

ITP Roadmap 2020 papers released

Papers outlining the Government programme of work to reform the institutes of technology and polytechnics (ITP) sector were released by Education Minister the Hon Chris Hipkins today.

6 April 2018

Some changes have been made to Ngā Kete

We have made some improvements to Ngā Kete. Ngā Kete is your secure search and browse portal to the information sources and products that TEC makes available. It is where we share information and where you can search for and discover content.

Māori and Pasifika achievement is a learner success issue

This is an opinion piece from Tim Fowler, Chief Executive of the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC).

3 April 2018

Login page for Workspace 2 and Ngā Kete has changed

We have changed the login page for Workspace 2 and Ngā Kete to support the Education Sector Login (ESL) upgrade.

15 March 2018

Pilot of degree apprenticeship model underway in New Zealand

Engineering Education to Employment (Engineering e2e) is working with WelTec, Otago Polytechnic and the Institute of Public Works Engineers Australasia to implement a level 7 engineering degree apprenticeship qualification. 

13 March 2018

Hackathon for students a great success

Students from high schools around Wellington and the local ICT Graduate School participated in the hackathon held at Victoria University of Wellington’s (VUW) Te Aro campus. The two-and-a-half day hackathon was organised by Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) and Wellington ICT Graduate School with support from Weltec’s engineering school.

8 March 2018

Pathway for change at the TEC

Today the Tertiary Education Commission's (TEC’s) Chief Executive, Tim Fowler, announced final decisions on a pathway for reorganisation of the TEC.

1 March 2018

Competitive SAC funding to be stopped

Today, Education Minister Hon Chris Hipkins, announced the Government will end competitive allocations of funding at New Zealand Qualification Framework levels 1 to 4. This change seeks to give providers greater funding certainty, so they can focus more on the students.

28 February 2018

Tai Poutini Polytechnic investigation released

The West Coast’s Tai Poutini Polytechnic failed to deliver enough training hours across a range of courses between 2010 and 2015, an investigation by the Tertiary Education Commission (the TEC) released today shows.

27 February 2018

New products developed for our Investment Toolkit

New information, products and templates have been added to the Investment Toolkit. These tools add to the suite of products available to support tertiary education organisations (TEOs) in their strategic planning and Investment Plan engagement. 

21 February 2018

A sustainable future for ITPs – mapping the path

Many Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) face financial challenges. But those challenges also present an opportunity, according to Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) Chief Executive Tim Fowler.

9 February 2018

Māori and Pasifika Trades Training report released

In late 2016 the Tertiary Education Commission (the TEC) commissioned an evaluation of the Māori and Pasifika Trades Training (MPTT) initiative. The MartinJenkins report focuses on the operations and outcomes of the 16 consortia operating in 2017. A copy of the report is available for download below.

8 February 2018

Release of new Monitoring Update and investigation guidelines

As announced late in 2017, we have re-aligned our monitoring to take a more flexible approach, along with focusing on education and sharing information with tertiary education organisations (TEOs).

31 January 2018

Improvements made to our Fund finder pages

We listened to feedback from stakeholders about usability of the Fund finder and conditions pages on our website. We have made significant improvements to the pages.

24 January 2018

Change at the TEC

Today the TEC has started consultation with its staff on a proposal to reorganise the TEC.

17 January 2018

Call for panellist nominations for the PBRF 2018 Quality Evaluation

The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) is seeking nominations to finalise peer review panels for the Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF) 2018 Quality Evaluation. 

BEST Pacific Institute of Education breached funding conditions and Education Act

The failed BEST Pacific Institute of Education in Auckland filed incorrect student information and under-delivered on its training promises, an investigation report released today by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) shows.

16 January 2018

Campaign to focus on Fees Free

With just one day to go before almost 168,000 students will get their preliminary NCEA results, the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) is reminding everyone considering tertiary education in 2018 to check their eligibility for Fees Free.


20 December 2017

All systems go: Fees-free gets real

Since the official announcement of fees free on 5 December, implementation has continued to prepare new learners for tertiary study in 2018. The TEC’s guidance and support systems for the sector are underway as we assist TEO’s navigate the ins and outs of fees-free. 

Quantum investigation shows manipulation maximised earnings

An investigation report released today into the now defunct Quantum Education Group shows it deliberately took advantage of reporting procedures to enable the business to keep millions of dollars in student fees.

15 December 2017

Beyond compliance – better outcomes from the TEC’s monitoring

The TEC is re-aligning its monitoring to work closer with tertiary education organisations (TEOs) by introducing a flexible, smarter approach that focuses on education and appropriate response to risk.

13 December 2017

Improvements coming to our Fund finder

We listened to feedback from stakeholders about usability of the Fund finder pages on our website. We have made significant improvements to the pages, so functionality better meets the needs of tertiary education organisations (TEOs) and other stakeholders.

8 December 2017

Update for students of BEST Pacific Institute of Education

The BEST Pacific Institute of Education has closed.

7 December 2017

Briefing to Incoming Minister released

The tertiary system needs to be more nimble, responsive and creative, with more innovation in what and how it delivers.

6 December 2017 eligibility check proves popular

Almost 18,000 learners checked their eligibility for the Government’s fee-free initiative in the first 24 hours of the on-line checking site going live.

5 December 2017

Release of Plan Guidance for 2018

The Plan Guidance for the 2018 investment round has been released. 

Fees-free tertiary study – implementation underway

The first implementation details for the Government’s fees-free initiative have been released by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) today.

21 November 2017

Fees-free tertiary education policy

The Tertiary Education Commission (the TEC) is working closely with the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Social Development (StudyLink) and Inland Revenue (IR) to implement one of the Government’s 'first 100 days' policies for tertiary education: the introduction of one year of fees-free tertiary education.

Career development is basis to lifelong success

Career development is a cornerstone to New Zealanders managing their learning and work choices for lifelong success. 

8 November 2017

New online complaints tool for tertiary education

A new online tool has been launched for students and staff to register any complaints or concerns about tertiary education organisations, anonymously if they have to. 

3 November 2017

Mentoring and dyslexia support in action

Chris Lloyd is part of a national project to discover how best to support trainees with dyslexia. The project provides for learners to be screened for dyslexia and then provided with information and assistance to work with their condition, and to succeed. 

30 October 2017

TEC on the road again

We’ve kicked off our Roadshow with the first session in Christchurch last week. Tertiary Education Commission's (the TEC’s) Chief Executive, Tim Fowler, and the senior management team will be out on the road again this week, presenting the future for the TEC.

 24 October 2017

Building better ways to lift literacy and numeracy sector capability

The TEC carried out a review about how to lift the tertiary education sector’s capability to embed literacy and numeracy in foundation-level education. This is to ensure that learners achieve better literacy and numeracy outcomes, and identify how we can better support sector capability.

9 October 2017

The Login page for Workspace 2 and Ngā Kete has changed

We have changed the login page for Workspace 2 and Ngā Kete to support upgrades to the Education Sector Logon (ESL). 

6 October 2017

Approximately $125,000 repaid after investigation into former EnterpriseMIT

The owners of the now-closed EnterpriseMIT have repaid $125,518 after the former subsidiary of Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) failed to properly check whether students in its programmes had already completed similar learning.

 28 September 2017

Tertiary education – preparing New Zealanders for the jobs of today and tomorrow 

An opinion piece from Tim Fowler, Chief Executive of the Tertiary Education Commission (the TEC).

21 September 2017

Entrepreneurial Universities funding awarded 

Victoria University of Wellington and the University of Auckland will be the first to take advantage of the Government’s $35 million investment partnership in ‘Entrepreneurial Universities’, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Paul Goldsmith announced today.

20 September 2017

College of Natural Health and Homeopathy repays funds after self-identifying issues 

The College of Natural Health and Homeopathy (CNHH) has repaid $420,426 (GST exclusive) to the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) after they discovered they had been making incorrect funding claims to the TEC.

18 September 2017

Education performance data published

Each year we publish educational performance indicators (EPIs) for each Tertiary Education Organisation (TEO) we fund. EPIs are one set of measures used to help assess the performance of TEOs and to make future investment decisions. We have published EPI data since 2010.

13 September 2017

Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) releases Education at a Glance report 

How does New Zealand's education system compare? The Ministry of Education produced a New Zealand report based on the Education at a Glance report. Read the full report on their website.

06 September 2017

Thousands of adult learners make use of learning opportunities 

New Zealand joins over 40 countries this week to raise awareness of learning opportunities for adults during Adult Learners' Week.  Over 64,000 New Zealanders aged 18-90+ are currently engaged in learning through Adult Community Education in over 7,500 programmes.

05 September 2017

Diversity Award winner trains 100 staff in workplace literacy

Waste Management NZ Ltd, a country-wide waste and environmental services operation, has successfully trained 100 staff members in a Skills Highway workplace literacy programme.

04 September 2017

Employability skills in the real world 

Lecturer Deepti Bhargava from Auckland University of Technology (AUT) brought along 15 students from AUT’s School of Communication Studies to the Tertiary Education Commission (the TEC) to find out what working in the ‘real world’ is like.

30 August 2017

Provider-level graduate employment outcomes data published 

Minister for Tertiary Education, Science and Innovation Hon Paul Goldsmith today welcomed the publication of data showing the employment status and earnings of graduates from all universities, wānanga, polytechnics and some funded private training establishments.

24 August 2017

Got a Trade? Got it Made! Week in Wellington

Tertiary Education Commission Chief Executive, Tim Fowler, says Got a Trade? Got it Made! Week is a great example of the collaboration needed between industry and career influencers to get more young people into apprenticeships.

21 August 2017

DualPathways Pilot funding for 2018

The application process for 2018 DualPathways Pilot funding is now open, and closes at 5.00pm, Thursday 28 September 2017.

14 August 2017

New Māia video series highlights employability skills 

The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) has released a new series of seven videos highlighting the skills young people need to successfully connect with employers and jobs.

11 August 2017

Awards recognise important diversity of educators delivering a world-class learner experience 

A modern-day tohunga (expert) weaves computer science and te Reo into the classroom while a legend helps hundreds of learners transition towards a life of positive and transformational change. This is only some of the work done by 12 tertiary teachers honoured at the sixteenth Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards held at Parliament this week. 

07 August 2017

Life-changing skills in literacy and numeracy in hospitality sector 

Literacy and Numeracy programme motivates employees to aspire to greater rewards in their careers, and significantly improves workplace communication and team-work.

04 August 2017

New Zealand’s three new Centres of Asia-Pacific Excellence now open 

From early last month, the University of Auckland and Victoria University of Wellington began hosting three new cross-institutional Centres of Asia-Pacific Excellence (CAPEs) specialising in language, culture, politics and economics. These centres will better connect and enhance trade and economic linkages for New Zealand with countries within the Asia-Pacific and Latin-American regions.

26 July 2017

Government response to the Productivity Commission inquiry

The Government today set out its plan for delivering a strong and effective tertiary education system through its formal response to the Productivity Commission report into tertiary education.

Taratahi acquisition of Telford Campus to go ahead

Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy and Associate Minister Louise Upston today provided the necessary land consents to allow Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre’s acquisition of Lincoln University’s Telford Campus to proceed. TEC’s Board have also approved the transfer of funding from Telford to Taratahi.

11 July 2017

A passport for learners on their educational journey

As part of our two-year Kura to Career pilot, Waikato-Tainui has developed a passport for Māori secondary school students. It records not only their academic record but also their health and wellbeing (hauora) plan, interests, strengths and potential tertiary pathways. 

06 July 2017

Consultation open on draft International Education Strategy

The draft International Education Strategy for New Zealand to 2025 was released for consultation on 30 June by the Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Paul Goldsmith.

05 July 2017

IT system supports PBRF 2018 Quality Evaluation process

The TEC met a major milestone for the Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF) 2018 Quality Evaluation with the release of the PBRF IT System.

30 June 2017

New source websites added to Ngā Kete

We have made some changes to Ngā Kete to keep it up to date and accessible.

29 June 2017

Our new alert banner on website home page

We have developed a new alert banner for our website to let you know about system outages and any events affecting our normal business operations. 

Investment plan requirements for PTEs and CEPs for 2018 funding

We have now confirmed the Investment Plan requirements for private training establishments (PTEs) and community education providers (CEPs) seeking TEC funding in 2018.

Is our website meeting your needs?

It’s almost six months since we launched our refreshed website on 9 November 2016, refocused on tertiary education organisations as the primary audience.

26 June 2017

Unlocking the value of our data

We have been sharing our story of how we are unlocking the value of our data and becoming an information broker, in Wellington and abroad. In doing so, we are hoping to open up opportunities to work with other organisations and make it easier for others to take the same journey.

New trail brings maths to life

The University of Waikato has opened a new maths trail at its Hamilton campus to help people appreciate maths and numbers in their daily lives.

22 June 2017

Reporting confirmed student enrolments in your August SDR

As advised in April, there is a new requirement for tertiary education organisations (TEOs) to report all confirmed student enrolments from the August Single Data Return (SDR). 

21 June 2017

Our fund information gets an online makeover

We have been refreshing our website’s FundFinder section to make the information about our funds more informative and user-friendly.

16 June 2017

Increasing graduates at Level 6 and 7 engineering is next big challenge

Our Engineering e2e programme is working with institutes of technology and polytechnics (ITPs) and engineering professional bodies to encourage more learners to see ITPs as a valid choice for studying engineering.

Education Sector Logon is being upgraded

The Education Sector Authentication and Authorisation (ESAA) system will reach end of life in 2018.

02 June 2017

Consultation on increase of AMFM rate for 2018 

The Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment is proposing an Annual Maximum Fee Movement (AMFM) rate of 2% for tertiary education organisations (TEOs) for 2018.

We update Minister on Careers NZ transition to TEC

Our Careers Transition Team has been preparing for the imminent transfer of Careers NZ to the TEC on 1 July 2017. Aligning the systems and processes to ensure a seamless transfer has underpinned the work the team has been doing.

01 June 2017

MOU with Corrections ensures prisoner education

Prisoners’ access to quality education has been guaranteed until 2018 with the renewal of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the TEC and the Department of Corrections.

31 May 2017

Minister announces TEC Board appointments

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Paul Goldsmith has today announced two appointments to the TEC Board.

30 May 2017

Our customer survey finds out how we’re doing

In June we completed a survey of our customers to find out what it’s like doing business with us, what’s working well in the way we interact with you, and where we need to improve.

25 May 2017 

Minister announces $132.1m investment in tertiary education

The Minister of Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Hon Paul Goldsmith has announced that a total of $132.1 million will be invested across the tertiary education sector over the next four years through Budget 2017. 

24 May 2017

Forum on improving literacy and numeracy outcomes for Māori and Pasifika learners 

The Ako Aotearoa He Taunga Waka programme is holding its annual forum (wānanga-fono) to support educators improve literacy and numeracy outcomes for Māori and Pasifika learners.

23 May 2017

Help us improve refugee employment outcomes

Do you deliver programmes to refugees or programmes designed to develop refugees’ skills leading to employment? Or you may deliver training that supports career development or assesses the employment skills of refugees?

18 May 2017

Our workplace literacy funding is helping people with learning disabilities

A group of Dunedin workers with learning disabilities are now being trained in literacy and numeracy with funding through our Employer-led Workplace Literacy and Numeracy Fund (EWLN).

16 May 2017

NZQA consulting on new definition for learning hours

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) is inviting sector feedback on an updated definition of “learning hours”.

15 May 2017

University of Canterbury making substantial progress in its rebuild

The University of Canterbury (UC) continues to make good progress on its recovery from the 2010 and 2011 Canterbury earthquakes.  Student enrolments are rising, many of its new state-of-the-art buildings are open or nearing completion, and UC is forecasting a return to a normal operating surplus in 2019.

12 May 2017

Bill's third reading confirms transfer of Careers NZ to the TEC 

The Associate Minister of Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Louise Upston announced yesterday that The Education (Update) Amendment Bill has passed its third reading. 

05 May 2017

How Māori Pasifika Trades Training can change lives

The Māori and Pasifika Trades Training (MPTT) scheme provides scholarships to Māori and Pasifika learners to acquire the skills and attributes to gain trades-based employment, take up New Zealand apprenticeships or move to other higher-level training programmes.

04 May 2017

Our information apps are Unitec's single source of truth

Recently we caught up with Zhivan Alach, Planning Performance Manager at Unitec in Auckland and asked him how the institute of technology is using our information products in its planning.

Apprenticeship numbers continue to grow

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Paul Goldsmith and Associate Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Louise Upston have welcomed the latest apprenticeship figures, which show an increase of 6800, nearly 19 per cent, since 2012.

24 April 2017

The hacker, the hustler and the visionary – solving government problems in a new way

Like any government, ours has some ‘wicked’ problems to solve, like what to do about the 58,000 people with mental health conditions who can’t find meaningful work.

21 April 2017

From dreams to reality – at Toi Ohomai’s graduation

When 800 students graduated from Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology on 6 April Julia Kennedy from our Monitoring and Crown Ownership team was invited along as a special guest by the Council’s Chair Cathy Cooney.

How a student-centred approach and data insights transformed Georgia State University

Over the last five years, Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, has used a student-centred approach underpinned by predictive analytics to turn itself around from a low-performing university to one that is defying its poor urban demographics.

10 April 2017

Refresh of Key Information for Students web pages

We have refreshed the KIS web pages to make them easier to use and find supporting documentation. 

06 April 2017

New report outlines the Government’s digital economy work programme

The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has published a new report that sets out how the Government is partnering with New Zealand’s digital sector and other economic sectors, to enable New Zealand to become a leading digital nation.

03 April 2017

Ngā Kete gets a spruce up

We have made a small upgrade to Ngā Kete to improve the way search results are displayed, add further source systems to the search scope and generally improve functionality.

31 March 2017

We take complaints seriously

Tim Fowler, our Chief Executive, was on Radio New Zealand this morning discussing the issues raised recently on the pressures some tertiary education staff indicate they feel. 

30 March 2017

Changing lives one word at a time

Private training establishment English Language Partners isn’t just providing its learners with an education – it’s changing communities.

23 March 2017

A fun tool for everyday life

More than 11,000 young people have used the Pathways Awarua Road Code online learning pathway to get them ready for their learner’s licence.

22 March 2017

Auditing is all about the evidence

For tertiary education organisations (TEOs) it can be daunting facing a TEC audit, especially if it’s their first time. 

21 March 2017

Productivity Commission releases its tertiary education report

The Productivity Commission has published its final report on its inquiry into New Models of Tertiary Education. 

14 March 2017

MyQ connects graduates with prospective learners to pass on valuable insights

About 88% of new graduates surveyed so far by our new MyQ online survey are satisfied with their qualification.

8 March 2017

New Centres of Asia-Pacific Excellence announced

The University of Auckland and Victoria University of Wellington have both been successful in their bids to host new Centres of Asia-Pacific Excellence (CAPEs).

7 March 2017

New funding allocation spreadsheet available

We have published the latest funding allocation figures for all tertiary education organisations (TEOs) that we invest in. 

New functionality in our information products

We are continuing to work on providing great information and tools that can help you explore your own and sector data in interesting and useful ways. 

6 March 2017

Our two new graduates think we're cool

We have recently taken on two university graduates under our Graduate Development Programme. We started the programme in 2015 to contribute to the career development of high potential graduates.

3 March 2017

Better together – ICT staff working on the Careers Transition

When the Government announced the proposed transfer of Careers NZ to the Tertiary Education Commission (the TEC) last year, detailed planning began to ensure a seamless transition.

1 March 2017

Kura to Career pilot aims to lift achievement for 200 Māori learners

We have contracted Waikato Tainui and Ngāi Tahu to deliver a two-year pilot to help 200 Māori secondary school students in their regions develop better career pathways.

27 February 2017

Ensuring effective use of the literacy and numeracy assessment tool

We shared Assessment Tool usage data last year and had subsequent conversations with tertiary education organisations (TEOs).

22 February 2017

New manager ready for next evolution of our monitoring and compliance

Dean Winter, our new Monitoring and Crown Ownership manager, is not someone to baulk at a challenge.

20 February 2017

Engagement workshops to explore opportunities

When the Government announced last year that Careers NZ (CNZ) would transfer to the Tertiary Education Commission (the TEC) in 2017, the challenge of delivering an improved career system was laid.

TEIs now eligible to sponsor a partnership school

The Ministry of Education's fifth application round to establish partnership schools is the first in which tertiary education institutions (TEIs) are eligible to apply.

Domestic students studying overseas now funded

Information for New Zealand citizens and New Zealand permanent residents who study overseas at a campus or delivery site of a New Zealand tertiary education organisation (TEO) in approved countries.

17 February 2017

We have published our BIM

We have published our Briefing to our Incoming Minister (BIM) – the Minister of Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, Hon Paul Goldsmith. 

16 February 2017

My Provision app now available for ITOs

The latest addition to our information product library, the My Provision - ITR app, reflects how industry training organisations (ITOs) track and measure their impact.

15 February 2017

Fiji delegation impressed with our progress and data systems

The Fiji Higher Education Commission has much to think about after visiting us last week to learn about our approach to reporting and monitoring.

10 February 2017

It’s people first for our new Deputy Chief Executive

Mike Blanchard, our new Deputy Chief Executive Operations, is passionate about people and creating high-performing teams. 

Sector group proved a valuable sounding board for our strategy

Last year, the Investment Approach Sector Reference Group allowed us to test our thinking with the sector about some of our key initiatives.

9 February 2017

Funding conditions for 2017 now published in Fund finder

We have started updating the Fund finder section of our website to reflect the new ministerial funding mechanisms for each fund and our funding approval documentation.

30 January 2017

Implementing our new Pasifika Operational Strategy

We are planning to engage widely this year to find out what actions and initiatives have worked well to help Pasifika learners succeed in tertiary education.

25 January 2017

Minister opens new home for world-renowned Dunedin Study

Tertiary Education Minister Paul Goldsmith today opened a new purpose-built permanent home for the University of Otago’s world-renowned Dunedin Study.

19 January 2017

MyQ connects graduates with prospective learners to pass on valuable insights

In December we launched MyQ, a new information tool to give prospective students access to information about the value and relevance of tertiary qualifications.

16 January 2017

Consultation on TEI Financial Monitoring Framework

We are reviewing the Financial Monitoring Framework for tertiary education institutions to ensure it is still fit for purpose.

10 January 2017

Exploring our information products

In November we launched a new suite of information products to give tertiary education organisations (TEOs) access to information about their own organisation, the sector, and the tertiary environment. 


20 December 2016           

Funding letters set clear parity expectations

Our 2017 funding letters sent to the sector in November and December set clear expectations for tertiary education organisations attaining parity of participation and achievement.

20 December 2016

We have a new Minister

Prime Minister Bill English has appointed Paul Goldsmith as the new Minister of Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment and confirmed Louise Upston as Associate Minister.

16 December 2016

Results of SAC levels 3 and 4 competitive pilot published

The Student Achievement Component (SAC) levels 3 and 4 competitive funding outcomes have been published.

14 December 2016

Leading the conversation about data 

Many organisations recognise the value of data, but are often unsure about how to use it says Data Future Partnerships Chair Dame Diane Robertson.

13 December 2016

CoRE funding contributes to research into slowing onset of dementia 

New Zealand’s first Dementia Prevention Research Clinic at the University of Auckland has begun a collaborative research trial.

13 December 2016

Crown Manager appointed at Tai Poutini Polytechnic

A Crown Manager has been appointed at the West Coast-based Tai Poutini Polytechnic, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce announced today. 

13 December 2016

Library of Congress acknowledges national literacy centre's best practice 

The National Centre of Literacy and Numeracy for Adults (National Centre) has received international acknowledgment from the 2016 Library of Congress Literacy Awards Program.

7 December 2016

A refreshed, improved website built on a solid partnership 

The launch of our refreshed website last month was made possible by a successful partnership between the Tertiary Education Commission (the TEC) and Ministry of Education (MoE).

7 December 2016

Working with the sector: Preparing for the 2018 Quality Evaluation 

The smooth running of the Performance-based Research Fund’s 2018 Quality Evaluation process this year has benefited from the guiding hand of its Sector Reference Group.

6 December 2016

Making tertiary studies in engineering more relevant 

New research commissioned by Engineering e2e has found that engineering graduates need to have personal, interpersonal and cognitive capabilities as well as technical knowledge and skills.

30 November 2016

Online modules promote health and safety  

A number of tertiary education organisations (TEOs) and employers are successfully using new online literacy training to promote health and safety in everyday life.

22 November 2016

School to work pilot is a win-win for students and marine and composites industry

Our pilot school-to-work programme for senior secondary students with the marine and composites industry is gaining momentum.

22 November 2016

Research gives insights into how to engage Pasifika youth 

Careers New Zealand has released new research that shows study and careers resources need to be fun, simple, visual and culturally relevant to engage Pasifika youth.

17 November 2016

2016 Roadshow presentations and survey

Information about our 2016 Roadshow, held in October 2016 in four regional centres – Auckland, Rotorua, Wellington and Christchurch. 

17 November 2016

SAC competitive processes encourage quality provision at competitive prices 

Providers were advised of the results and outcomes of the Student Achievement Component (SAC).

9 November 2016

Our refreshed website 

Welcome to our refreshed website!

9 November 2016

Our new online tools 

We have launched our secure portal, Ngā Kete, and three new information products to make it easier for tertiary education organisations to securely access and explore up-to-date information.

9 November 2016

Te reo Māori - our translation 

One of the features of our new website is that some of the key information, including page titles and landing page summaries, has been translated into te reo Māori.

9 November 2016

Vocational training sector explores how to adapt to change  

A common theme at the NZ Vocational Education and Training (VET) Research Forum was the changing nature of workplaces and workplace skill needs.

9 November 2016

 Communities of Learning helping learners achieve their full potential 

The Ministry of Education is encouraging tertiary education organisations (TEOs) to join Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako in their area.

9 November 2016

Youth under-employment broader than attitude 

The lack of connection between young people and employers in South Auckland is the subject of a new government initiative and report released recently.

19 October 2016

TEC monitoring of Lincoln University sees $1.5 million repaid to the Crown 

Lincoln University has repaid $1.5 million (GST exclusive) to the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) after an independent investigation.   

15 September 2016

Four reviews into Tertiary Education Organisations released  

The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) has today released four reviews that were initiated after a new approach to data analysis was introduced last year.

23 June 2016

Breach means training provider must repay $1.47 million 

The New Zealand School of Outdoor Studies is to repay $1.47 million (GST-exclusive) to the Tertiary Education Commission (the TEC) following an investigation.

12 May 2016

TEC confirms two investigations


The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) today confirmed it has commissioned investigations at Lincoln University’s Telford Division and at Tai Poutini Polytechnic. 


23 October 2015

 Training provider in breach of funding conditions told to repay TEC $6.2 million 

The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) says Agribusiness Training Ltd has been told to repay $6.24 million after an independent investigation found it had failed to deliver some vocational education.

7 September 2015

Breach means training provider must repay $7.5 million 

Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre (Taratahi) is to repay $7.5 million (GST-exclusive) to the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) after an independent investigation.

2 July 2015

Investment in tertiary education well monitored 

Oversight of the Government’s $2.8 billion investment in tertiary education is sound, an independent review says. 


11 November 2014

Investigation at Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki completed 

The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) and the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) have completed an investigation into practices at the Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki (WITT).

1 October 2014

Investigation at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi completed 

The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) and the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) have completed an investigation into practices at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi (TWWOA).