Updating NZQA Rules to align with Education and Training Act 2020

28 Oct 2020

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) is updating and re-issuing its Rule sets to align with the Education and Training Act 2020, which came into effect on 1 August 2020 and replaced the previous Education Act 1989.

The requirements of NZQA’s Rules do not change as a result of these updates.

These updates are being made for all of NZQA’s Rule sets (except those relating to NCEA and Scholarship, which are being updated separately), while also revoking the old Rule sets and the various amendments.

Overview of the updates

NZQA is:

  • updating the section references in the Rules e.g. NZQA’s rule-making power has changed from section 253 of the previous Education Act to section 452 of the new Act
  • updating terminology as appropriate e.g. references to “Polytechnic” are being changed to “NZIST” or “NZIST subsidiary”.

We are also taking this opportunity to ‘tidy up’ the Rule sets by:

  • making minor corrections and clarifications
  • removing redundant wording
  • resetting the numbering of Rules where appropriate e.g. changing rule 10.4A, 10.4B, 10.4C to 10.5, 10.6, and 10.7
  • making formatting and stylistic changes e.g. removing colons at the end of each definition and quotation marks, using lower case for words that do not require upper case, and changing references to “sections” of rules to “rules”.

In addition, we are correcting an omission and making one change that was consulted on in 2017, but was inadvertently not put into the relevant Rule at the time (preventing clubbing of English language testing results, rule 18 of the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules).

What you need to do

You do not need to do anything as the requirements of NZQA’s Rules have not changed.

If you have any questions, want to provide feedback, or wish to see the marked-up Rule sets with all of the updates please email qadconsultation@nzqa.govt.nz by 1 November 2020.  

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