External Moderation Application

NZQA is aware that education organisations are being innovative in digitally-enabled teaching, learning and assessment practices. In response to this, NZQA has developed an online application for managing national external moderation. This will improve the end-to-end process of the moderation cycle and the way education organisations and NZQA interact. However, the purpose of moderation remains unchanged.

Within this new application education organisations can:

  • manage moderation plans
  • submit materials for moderation online or continue to submit physical material in courier bags
  • submit materials at any time throughout the year
  • access moderation reports and their annual summary
  • query or appeal a moderation report, and
  • track progress of moderation submissions via a dashboard.

This new application is available through Provider Logins by selecting the External Moderation link.

The key parts within the external moderation application are:

  • Assessment Plan – create an assessment plan
  • Moderation – moderation plan and submit moderation
  • Moderation History - the moderation history link in the application is to access moderation history from 2017. Moderation reports prior to 2017 can be accessed via the Provider Login page.
  • Annual Summaries - annual moderation summary letters

Help Available

To support you we have developed Quick Reference Guides on how to

  • Access the external moderation application
  • Submit an assessment plan
  • Submit material for moderation
  • View a moderation report

In addition, there are Frequently Asked Questions documents to help you resolve issues with access or error messages. These cover the assessment plan and submitting materials for moderation, viewing report, what the moderation plan statuses mean, types of user access, and clearing browser history.


The new external moderation application is browser based. The following are supported browsers and versions to run the application:

  • MS Internet Explorer 11.*
  • Google Chrome 45+
  • Mozilla Firefox 31+
  • Apple Safari 8.*

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