Our role

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Last updated 31 October 2018
Last updated 31 October 2018

At the Tertiary Education Commission (the TEC), we lead the Government’s relationship with the tertiary education sector and provide career services from education to employment. Each year, we spend over $3 billion investing in tertiary education and supporting the tertiary and careers system. Our purpose is to help all New Zealanders prosper through tertiary education and careers services.

Our statutory functions are set out in the Education Act 1989.

We are required to:

  • give effect to the Tertiary Education Strategy (TES) by funding tertiary education organisations (TEOs) growing their capability and monitoring their performance
  • collect and provide information about study and work options
  • provide information and services to help career seekers prepare to move to work or further study
  • strengthen the connections from education to employment
  • advise the Minister on tertiary education organisations and sector performance and on  the operational impact of policy.

Corporate documents

We are a Crown agency under the Crown Entities Act 2004 and we are governed by a Board of Commissioners appointed by the Minister of Education.

For more information about us, see our corporate documents:

Annual Report for the year ended 30 June 2018 (PDF, 4.4 Mb)

Briefing for Incoming Minister - Dec 2017 (PDF, 4.4 Mb)

Statement of Intent 2018/19 - 2021/22 (PDF, 3 Mb)

Statement of Performance Expectations 2018/19 (PDF, 4.23 Mb)