NZQA rules work programme


NZQA is developing rules under section 253 of the Education Act 1989. The majority of this work has involved converting current requirements, policies and criteria into rules, and was required to be completed by the end of 2012.

In other cases, NZQA will continue to develop rules for processes that were not subject to the 31 December 2012 completion date, and will undertake this work in 2013. NZQA will consult with the education sector on the proposed rules.

All rules need to be approved by the NZQA Board and the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment.

Rules work progress

To find out what progress we have made, see progress report

Work programme in 2013

Below is an overview of the rules to be developed during 2013.

  • Programmes of training and workplace training*
  • Cross-crediting/recognition of prior learning
  • Approval of standard-setting bodies*

* The requirements for workplace training and approval of standard-setting bodies' workstreams will be determined by the outcomes of the Industrial Training Review being conducted by the Ministry of Education.

Questions and answers

Why are these changes occurring?

  • Amendments to the Education Act 1989 were enacted on 29 August 2011
  • The amendments include a new NZQA power to make rules

What are rules?

  • Rules are 'delegated legislation' similar to legal regulations
  • Rules are used by government agencies including the Ministry of Transport and the Civil Aviation Authority

Why are rules useful?

  • Rules provide detail that would clutter Acts of Parliament and are flexible enough to allow changes to be made in line with current practice
  • Rules make a clear distinction between compliance and NZQA guidance

Will I be consulted and notified about the rules that impact on me?

Yes. NZQA will be consulting regularly with sector organisations and, as appropriate, with the secondary and tertiary education sectors. NZQA will also discuss progress with the rules programme at its meetings with the PTE Forum, the ITP Advisory Group and the Leaders Forum.

NZQA will consult on each of the sets of proposed rules over a period of about six weeks.

What is the process for making NZQA rules?

  • NZQA will develop proposed rules for each workstream
  • NZQA will consult with sector organisations and the sector at large on each proposed set of rules
  • NZQA will amend the proposed rules as appropriate in light of consultation
  • Rules will be signed into law through approval by the NZQA Board and the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment


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