Working with other agencies

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Last updated 30 June 2017
Last updated 06/30/2017

The Tertiary Education Commission works closely with other agencies to help deliver a world-leading education system that equips New Zealanders for the 21st century.

In particular, we work with the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, who are responsible for monitoring our work as a Crown entity.

Working with other agencies is vital to:

  • support tertiary education organisations (TEOs)

  • achieve better alignment of activities across government

  • expand the use of shared services across education sector agencies

  • increase the outsourcing of non-core Tertiary Education Commission services through all-of-government procurement arrangements.

Agencies we work with

We work closely with these agencies:

  • the Ministry of Education

  • Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

  • the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)

  • Ministry of Social Development

  • Immigration New Zealand

  • the Department of Corrections.

On a daily basis, we also work with a wide range of TEOs, industry training organisations and employers.

The Ministry of Education

The Ministry of Education:

  • advises on the Government’s budget
  • leads the development of the Government’s Tertiary Education Strategy 2014–2019
  • collects and publishes tertiary education statistics.

Tertiary Education Strategy

Ministry of Education

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)

MBIE is the Government’s lead business-facing agency. Its purpose is to grow the New Zealand economy to provide a better standard of living for all New Zealanders.

It does this by working with others to help businesses to be more competitive, improving job opportunities for all and by ensuring good quality housing is more affordable.

MBIE provides labour market information to help TEOs.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)

The NZQA runs the New Zealand Qualifications Framework, including registration of TEOs (other than universities). NZQA is responsible for quality assurance matters in the sector.

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)

The Ministry of Social Development (MSD)

Studylink is a service provided by MSD. Studylink administers student allowances and the Student Loan Scheme.


Careers New Zealand

Careers New Zealand provides support and assistance to learners in planning their study and career.

Careers New Zealand

Immigration New Zealand

Immigration New Zealand collects and administers English language tuition funding for migrants new to New Zealand.

Immigration New Zealand

Department of Corrections

The Department of Corrections works with TEOs to deliver a range of education and training programmes for prisoners.

 Department of Corrections