Export Education Levy consultation

We’re wanting input on raising the rate of the Export Education Levy (EEL). Deadline for responses is 15 October 2018.

What is the Export Education Levy

The EEL is collected from international education providers to fund a broad range of activities and projects relating to the export education industry, including promotion and marketing, and quality assurance. It also funds reimbursements for international students caught out by programme and provider closures.

Reason for changing the EEL rate

We need to raise EEL revenue in order to safeguard educational quality and New Zealand’s reputation as a study destination.

Due to high reimbursement costs related to programme and provider closures ($3.2 million in 2017/18), the EEL account is almost empty.

There are 2 options for feedback

The consultation document Options for raising the Export Education Levy rate presents 2 options to raise the Export Education Levy:

  1. Differential increase – a percentage increase for all providers, but at different rates, with Private Training Establishments (PTEs) increasing from 0.45% of tuition fees to 0.83%, and non-PTEs (universities, ITPs and schools) increasing from 0.45% of tuition fees to 0.55%.
  2. PTE increase only – a percentage increase for PTEs only to 1.24% of international student tuition fees (non-PTE levy rate remains at 0.45%).

Both options apply a higher EEL percentage rate to PTEs over other providers. This is because PTEs are the only part of the sector where a closure generates EEL expenditure on student reimbursements.

Deadline for feedback

The deadline for responses is 5pm, 15 October 2018.

How to provide feedback

Consultation meetings

We recently held meetings in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch and appreciate members of the sector coming to share their views with us.

Some people have asked for a copy of the presentation at the consultation meetings, while others have asked for further specific information about the EEL.

Export Education Levy – further information Q and A [PDF, 405 KB]

EEL sector consultation presentation [PDF, 500 KB]

Further information or questions

Email any questions about the consultation process to EEL.consultation@education.govt.nz.

Outcome of the consultation

We’ll use the feedback to help us make a decision about the lifting of the percentage rate of the EEL. We’ll announce this later in the year.

Background information

The Minister of Education is required by the Education Act 1989 to consult with providers before changing the EEL Regulations which set the amount of the levy.

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