Qualifications and standards

Review of Business Administration unit standards 2019

Call for review panelists and pre-review feedback

In 2019 the NZQA National Qualifications Services (NQS) is reviewing Business Administration unit standards currently listed on the Directory of Assessment Standards (DAS).

This review is of all the current business administration unit standards at Levels 1 to 6, excluding the new business administration (BAT) unit standards (29024 – 29027; 29029 - 29038) developed specifically for the New Zealand Business qualifications in May 2016.

Stakeholder involvement in this review is invited in three ways:

  1. Review panel applications/nominations by Monday 17 December 2018 – expressions of interest to be involved in the expert panel being convened to review the standards and make recommendations for proposed changes.

  2. Pre-review feedback by Monday 21 January 2019 – feedback on any of the standards in the review, including past and intended use, and any other input that can inform the review.

  3. Email consultation support network – we welcome additions to our Business Administration e-network to receive and provide feedback as the review progresses. 1. Review panel - applications/nominations

The review panel will be scheduled to meet for two consecutive days early-mid February 2019.  It is likely they will be required to reconvene for a two-day meeting in March-April and possibly in May 2019, and again for one day June-July 2019 (post national consultation).

The review panel will comprise of people who have:

  • subject matter expertise (e.g. practitioner and/or expertise in teaching business administration)
  • experience in assessment, design and moderation of business administration unit standards
  • involvement in business administration related projects, reviews and programme implementation
  • a commitment to the use of unit standards as assessment awards in programmes
  • a commitment to open communication, collaborative problem solving, and team work.

 The panel will have balanced representation from across the community and education sector.

Members of the review panel will be paid a sitting fee, and travel expenses will be met by NZQA.

Application to be a review panel member can be made by completing the application/nomination form (DOCX, 526KB) and sending it to nqs@nzqa.govt.nz by Monday 17 December 2018.

2. Pre-review feedback

We are also seeking stakeholder feedback and input to inform the Business Administration unit standards review, including any feedback or interpretation issues with the business administration unit standards that might inform the review panel.

Unit standards must be needs based and there are some key issues to be considered around future demand and duplication with other standards.

We are particularly interested in whether there is an ongoing need to justify keeping the unit standards that are not specifically linked to the new Business (Administration and Technology) or other qualifications and, if we do, whether we need four domains in Business Administration. 

The review is of the following fifty-four (54) Business Administration unit standards in four domains:




Business Administration

Business Administration Services (BAS)

121, 122, 123, 327, 328, 329, 334, 335, 11648-11651, 11653, 21862, 21863, 21864, 21866-21868, 26768

Business Information Management (BIM)

114, 125, 1986, 6910, 11646, 11647, 27642, 27643

Business Information Processing (BIP)

101-113, 117, 16677-16682, 18180

Text and Information Management – Generic (TIM)


 3. Email consultation support network

The email consultation support network will receive updates on progress between meetings and be given opportunity to comment on issues and drafts of the unit standards prior to and post national consultation.

Feedback and contact

Please send any applications, feedback or requests to be added to the e-network to nqs@nzqa.govt.nz.

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