Plan Guidance and Toolkit

Plan Guidance and Toolkit

Last updated 16 May 2022
Last updated 16 May 2022

Plan Guidance and the Toolkit provide information templates for Investment from 2023. 

Our objective is to make high-quality investment decisions. We want our decision making to support a dynamic system that delivers lifelong learning and equips learners, communities and employers for success.

The Plan Guidance, Supplementary Plan Guidance and the Investment Briefs should be read alongside each other when you are developing your Plan. They can also inform your discussions with your Relationship Manager or our Customer Contact Group.


The Investment Round Roadmap provides an outline of the major milestones to occur for investment for 2023.



TEC releases Plan Guidance

By March 2022

TEC publishes notices in the New Zealand Gazette setting out requirements for Plan content, timetable, assessment, and Plan summaries

By March 2022

Government announces Budget

May 2022

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

June 2022

TEC provides indicative allocations, and releases Mix of Provision (MoP) and Educational Performance Indicator Commitment (EPIC) templates

By 1 June 2022

TEOs submit proposed Plans, including MoP, EPIC, Learner Success Plans, Disability Action Plans and Additional Funding templates

8 July 2022

TEC reviews proposed Plans and has further discussion with TEOs as needed

July - October 2022

TEC notifies TEOs of funding decisions in writing

From November 2022

First payments made against Plans; Plan delivery begins

January 2023

Plan Guidance

Plan Guidance for 2023 – published February 2022

Plan Guidance supports you to understand what needs to submitted in your Investment Plan, how we will assess it, and our priorities for investment.

Plan Guidance (PDF, 966 Kb)

Preparing for investment in 2023 – published December 2021

In December 2021 we released Preparing for Investment in 2023. This information informs your planning and submissions for the Investment Round.

Preparing for Investment in 2023 (PDF, 330 Kb)

Plan Gazette notice 2022

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

Plan Gazette notice 2022

Investment Briefs

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

Foundation education investment brief (PDF, 261 Kb)

Vocational education investment brief (PDF, 300 Kb)

Higher education investment brief (PDF, 305 Kb)

Information sheet – Learner Success Plans

This information sheet explains the Learner Success Framework and provides information that supports you to complete your Learner Success Plan.

Learner Success Plan Information Sheet (PDF, 999 Kb)


Many of the templates you require for drafting and submitting your Plan are available in Workspace2 (for example Mix of Provision (MoP) templates). Please refer to the table below for other relevant templates.

Template description 

Who needs it

Submission deadline

The Strategic Intent and Learner Success Plan template (Word, 4.1.Mb) (previously known as the Investment Plan template) 

This template has two parts.

TEOs can use the Strategic Intent section of this template to structure the strategic intent component of their Investment Plan (Plan). It sets out the requirements for proposed Plans and ensures we have all the information we require to make informed investment decisions.

TEO are encouraged to use the Learner Success Plan template, or to use the headings provided to guide their own document.

Strategic Intents are required from all TEOs submitting a full Investment Plan.

Learner Success Plans are required from all TEOs submitting Strategic Intents. 

8 July 2022 (please refer to timeline for further detail)

Additional Funding Requests – 2023 in year amendments

Later this year we will advise the process for additional funding requests for 2023 investment, which will be subject to the availability of funding. If you have any questions, please contact your Relationship Manager or the Customer Contact Group at or 0800 601 301.


Further information will be made available later.

New Provider Form

TEOs who are new to on-Plan funding or who have not received on-Plan funding in the last 12 months will need to complete this form and follow the New Provider process.

Any TEO who has not received on-Plan funding in the last 12 months

Available soon for submission on 8 July 2022

We want to remind all TEOs that your Plan documents including your Strategic Intent, Learner Success Plan, Disability Action Plan, MoPs and EPICs should all be submitted through Workspace 2. We ask that you do not submit these documents by email as this can result in delays.

Resources for investment in 2022

Plan Guidance

This Plan Guidance and Supplementary Plan Guidance relates to funding for 2022.

Plan Guidance December 2020 (PDF, 1.2 Mb) and 

Supplementary Plan Guidance released June 2021 (PDF, 751 Kb).

Investment Briefs

These investment briefs relate to funding for 2022.

Student Achievement Component (SAC) Investment Briefs

Industry Training Fund (ITF) Investment Briefs

Construction Investment Brief

Secondary Initial Teacher Education Brief

Food and Fibre Sectors Investment Brief

Information sheets

Infosheet – Learner Success (Word, 522 Kb)

Infosheet Ngā Kete information products (PDF, 1 Mb)

Infosheet: where to find labour market, skills and economic growth information to assist with Investment Plans (PDF, 610 Kb)


Additional Funding – 2022 in-year amendments

Following record levels of increased enrolments in 2021 and evidence of reduced enrolments for 2022 across many providers, TEC will take a targeted approach to providing TEOs additional funding for SAC and ITF funds in 2022. We will be focusing on high priority areas and provision, where there is demand for growth.  

This targeted approach will ensure our investment process is effective for the sector and the TEC while continuing to support learners, their whānau, employers and communities.

The targeted approach to additional funding will be for these specific funds:

  • Student Achievement Component Level 3 and above Fund (SAC3+)
  • Student Achievement Component Levels 1 and 2 Fund (SAC 1&2)
  • Industry Training Fund (ITF) and Youth Guarantee Fund (YG)

Additional Funding Request (AFR) application forms will not be available on our website for these funds. Your RMI/RA will provide you an abridged 2022 additional funding form template for SAC, YG and ITF if we consider that you meet the criteria for additional funding.

We will not be taking a targeted approach for the following funds. Application forms for additional funding in these funds will be available on our website shortly:

  • Adult and Community Education (ACE) Funds (ACE in Communities, ACE in Schools, and ACE in Tertiary Education Institute (TEIs))
  • Intensive Literacy and Numeracy Fund (ILN)
  • Intensive Literacy and Numeracy ESOL Fund (ILN ESOL)
  • TEO-led Workplace Literacy and Numeracy Fund (WLN TEO-led)
  • Intensive Literacy and Numeracy Refugee English Fund

The additional funding period is from 1 June to 30 September 2022.

If you have any questions, please contact your Relationship Manager or the Customer Contact Group at or 0800 601 301.

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.