Official Information Act requests and responses

Official Information Act requests and responses

Last updated 6 September 2019
Last updated 6 September 2019

Find information on how you can make a request for official information held by the Tertiary Education Commission (the TEC) and view our responses to Official Information Act (OIA) requests. 

People in New Zealand can request government information (official information) and can expect it to be made available unless there is a good reason to withhold it.

The Official Information Act 1982 (or OIA) enables citizens, permanent residents, visitors to New Zealand, and body corporates registered or with a place of business in New Zealand, to make a request for official information held by government agencies, including the TEC.

Making an OIA request

Making a request

Your request for official information should be as clear and specific as you can possibly make it. Before making a request please check with our Customer Contact Group by calling 0800 601 301 in case the information you seek is already available.

To make a request we recommend you email OIA@tec.govt.nz. Alternatively you can write to us at the address below.

Written enquiries should be sent to:

The Tertiary Education Commission
PO Box 27048
Wellington 6141
New Zealand

We would like:

  1. your name
  2. contact address (email or postal)
  3. details of the information you want.

We may ask you for more details.

If you make your request by phone or in person, we will either confirm it in writing ourselves or, if we're not sure what you're seeking, we may ask if you'd mind putting it in writing.

The State Services Commission provide advice on tips for requesting official information and guidance on how agencies will respond to information requests.

How long will it take?

We will acknowledge your request and are required by law to give you our decision on your request as soon as possible, and no later than 20 working days after we receive your request.

If we need more time to make our decision on your request, for example if you are requesting a lot of information, we will let you know and give you an idea of how long it will take. You can complain to the Office of the Ombudsman if you're not happy with our decision to extend the time.

Here is further guidance from the State Services Commission on how agencies will respond to information requests.

What does it cost?

Requesting official information is free, though we can charge a reasonable amount if it will take a lot of work to supply the information requested. There's no charge for the first hour spent on your request or for the first 20 pages of photocopying.

Here is further guidance from the State Services Commission on how agencies will respond to information requests.

What if I'm not satisfied?

You may wish to contact us in the first instance to see if we can resolve the issue.

You can make a complaint to the Office of the Ombudsman if you:

  • have concerns regarding the decision we made on your request
  • were unhappy about the way your request was treated or processed.

These concerns can relate to the withholding of information, extending the timeframe to respond to you, any charges for providing the information you have requested, delays in providing you with a decision or the information, or your request being transferred.

The Office of the Ombudsman can investigate and review our decision and may make a recommendation to us if it is considered appropriate.

Responses to OIA requests

We now publish responses to Official Information Act (OIA) requests to make more information readily available to the public. 

Please note, the personal details of requesters have been removed. 

Documents are listed in release date order with the most recent responses at the top. 

Response date Details of request Download/View
27 August 2019 OI-19-00996 ROI process for the provision of career planning tools

OIA response (PDF, 1.8 Mb)

5 August 2019 OI-19-00881 Number of A grades for law schools in PBRF evaluations

OIA response (PDF, 290 Kb)

31 July 2019 OI-19-00792 Fees free data

OIA response (PDF, 468 Kb)

29 July 2019 OI-19-00878 Figures for number and percentage of EP's OIA response (PDF, 475 Kb)
11 July 2019 OI-19-00804 Maori University researchers who submitted PBRF evidence

OIA response (PDF, 299 Kb)

28 June 2019 OI-19-00838 Numbers of students taking Te Reo

OIA response (PDF, 607 Kb)

28 June 2019 OI-19-00681 Actual external research income (ERI) earnings declared to the TEC by each of the eight universities

OIA Response letter (PDF, 154 Kb)

OIA Response Data table (Excel, 17 Kb)

25 June 2019 OI-19-00697 Seeking enrolment information OIA response (PDF, 761 Kb)
10 June 2019 OI-19-00698 Security data OIA response (PDF, 750 Kb)
5 June 2019 OI-19-00663 ACE data OIA response (PDF, 448 kb)
14 May 2019 OI-19-00408 Wintec information OIA response (PDF, 5.1 Mb)
8 May 2019 OI-19-00508 Whitireia Weltec funding agreement OIA response (PDF, 835 Kb)
15 April 2019 OI-19-00428 TPP current and future state OIA response (PDF, 4.9 Mb)
9 April 2019 OI-19-00415 Ece data since 2010 OIA response (PDF, 790 Kb)
28 March 2019 OI-19-00307 Fees-free funding information OIA response (PDF, 821 Kb)
25 March 2019 OI-19-00247 The effectiveness and success of the Apprenticeship Reboot OIA response (PDF, 943 Kb)
18 March 2019 OI-19-00159 Equity funding information OIA response (PDF, 678 Kb)
7 March 2019 OI-19-00024 Advice on Taratahi to Ministers in the past six months OIA response (PDF, 10 Mb)
6 March 2019 OI-19-00056 Information and correspondence between Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre, the Minister and TEC OIA response (PDF, 2 Mb)
4 February 2019 OI-18-00022 Partner and provider survey results for past 5 years

OIA response

(PDF, 813 Kb)

4 February 2019 OI-19-00017 Diversity at TEC

OIA response (PDF, 1.7 Mb)

20 September 2018 OI-18-00675 Request for information held by TEC regarding all courses administered by Te Kohanga Reo National Trust OIA response (PDF, 738 Kb)
20 July 2018 01/18/00435 Fees Free reporting obligations for TEOs OIA response (PDF, 4.98 Mb)
29 June 2018 01/18/00250 Information and correspondence for the Chief Executives appearance at the Education and Workforce Select Committee Annual Review OIA response (PDF, 8.13 Mb)
16 January 2018 OI/17/00908 Victoria University of Wellington Karori Campus disposal – retention of proceeds of sale  OIA response (PDF, 713 Kb)