The Education and Training Bill: Tertiary Education and Training

Introduction

The Education and Training Bill aims to give all learners a more high-quality, culturally responsive, seamless and inclusive education, from early learning, through schooling, and into tertiary education, vocational training and employment. The Bill is not yet law.

The Bill is the biggest rewrite of education legislation in decades. Much of its content gives effect to the Government’s plans to transform the education system, following the Kōrero Mātauranga | Education Conversation and the Tomorrow’s Schools Taskforce report.

The Bill incorporates and replaces the Education Acts of 1964 and 1989, and also incorporates the Education (Pastoral Care) Amendment Act and the Education (Vocational Education and Training Reform) Amendment Bill which is currently before Parliament.

The Bill has been referred to the Education and Workforce Committee for public submissions. These close on 14 February 2020.

Education and Workforce Committee – New Zealand Parliament (external link)

Proposed changes

Increased period for laying charges

The Bill extends the limitation period for student loan and allowance offences to up to 12 months after the Ministry for Social Development (MSD)  becomes aware of offending.

This is to ensure consistency with other similar offences and allows sufficient time for offences to be detected, investigated and prosecuted. 

These offences relate to the failure, by institutions and private training establishments, to provide information or who are providing false or misleading information in response to requests.

Increased period for laying charges against institutions and private training establishments for certain student loan and allowances offences (external link)

Student loan and allowance information

The Bill allows MSD to hold social housing information in the same database as student loan and allowances information and social security benefit information.

Allowing student loan and allowance information to be kept with social housing information (external link)

How this Bill fits with other legislative amendments

The Education (Vocational Education and Training Reform) Amendment Bill and the Education (Pastoral Care) Amendment Act will both be incorporated into the Education and Training Bill as they progress through the House.

Reform of Vocational Education (ROVE)

The Education (Vocational Education and Training Reform) Amendment Bill establishes a new regulatory framework to create a unified and cohesive vocational education and training system. The Bill institutes the new framework by amending the Education Act 1989 and revoking the Industry Training and Apprenticeships Act 1992. 

Education (Vocational Education and Training Reform) Amendment Bill

Reform of Vocational Education - New Zealand Parliament | Pāremata Aotearoa website (external link)   

The Education (Pastoral Care) Amendment Act

The Education (Pastoral Care) Amendment Act comes into force on 20 December 2019.  It enables the Minister of Education to issue a code of practice for the pastoral care of domestic tertiary students.

Education (Pastoral Care) Amendment Bill

Education (Pastoral Care) Amendment Bill - New Zealand Parliament | Pāremata Aotearoa website (external link)

 

 

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