Unified Funding System

Unified Funding System

Last updated 31 October 2019
Last updated 31 October 2019

A unified funding system will apply to all provider-based and work-integrated education at certificate and diploma qualification levels 3 to 7 (excluding degree study) and all industry training.

The Tertiary Education Commission and Ministry of Education have established a Funding Reference Group with 10 external members to support officials to design the unified funding system. The Group, which had its first meeting on 19 September includes an independent Chair and a mix of experts with an operational understanding of how funding influences tertiary education delivery and support for work-based learners, industry experience, and an ability to engage with the strategic goals of the vocational education reforms.

The full list of members is:

Name Current role and organisation
Jeremy Morley (Chair) Jeremy brings significant professional experience and understanding of tertiary education organisations and finances, education delivery and support for work-based learning, Crown monitoring and strategic planning
Lindsay Baxter Tumutaumatua – Executive Director – Strategy, Quality and Performance – Te Wānanga o Aotearoa
Wayne Cook Chief Financial Officer, MITO
Kim Crosland Chief Executive, ITENZ
Phillip Cullen Deputy Chief Executive/Chief Operating Officer, Otago Polytechnic
Nigel Davenport Chief Executive Officer, Aoraki Development Limited
Carolyn Dimond Chief Financial Officer, Massey University
Sean Kirk Chief Financial Officer, Competenz
Michelle Teirney Executive General Manager Strategy and Support Services MiT
Frances Valintine Chief Executive Officer, The Mind Lab

For the Terms of Reference of the Funding Reference Group see the Briefing Note, Unified Funding Work Programme: Progress Update.

This report also sets out the scope and timing for the first phase of work to develop the Unified Funding System. This is a multi-year programme of work.  Initial priorities over the next 2 months include:

  • Data collection and analysis of cost drivers and costs associated with support for work-based learning and education delivery
  • Learner-based analysis of factors for potential inclusion in learner-based funding
  • Workshops with Māori, Pacific and disabled learners.

The first phase of work will inform advice to Minister of Education in November 2019, setting out high-level policy design choices for the Unified Funding System, and a February 2020 Cabinet report seeking approval to consult on high-level policy design proposals for the Unified Funding System.