Consultation on the draft new regulations for better supporting international students

The Education Amendment Act 2015 (external link) authorised the establishment of a new International Student Contract Dispute Resolution Scheme (DRS) and a new Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students (the Code) to ensure international students get the support and care they need while they are in New Zealand. Both the new code of practice for education providers and the dispute resolution scheme rules were the subject of this consultation.

We consulted sector peak bodies in 2013-2014 to develop these legislative changes. We also invited the public to make submissions on the Bill once it was introduced in 2014.

Reports on written submissions

Written submissions on the new code of practice and dispute resolution scheme rules closed on 30 August 2015. We received 176 online submissions on the Code, 28 online submissions on the DRS rules and 17 submissions through emails (some covering both the Code and DRS rules).

Read the reports on these submissions

We ran 11 consultation workshops in Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin, Christchurch and webinars throughout August. We also hosted a discussion session on the consultation at the New Zealand International Education Conference (external link) in Hamilton on 21 August.

Report on workshops [PDF, 693 KB]

We appreciate the time and effort people have put into this consultation process. Your feedback has been gratefully received and is being considered fully. We are engaging further with key international education sector organisations on possible revisions to the draft Code and DRS rules. We will update this page with new information as we have it.

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