Export Education Levy

The Export Education Levy (EEL) is collected from providers that enrol international students. It helps fund a broad range of activities and projects relating to the international education industry, including promotion and marketing of New Zealand, quality assurance of courses, and reimbursements for international students caught out by programme and provider closures.

In response to significant financial hardship being faced by the international education sector due to COVID-19, the obligation for providers to pay the levy was suspended in 2020 and 2021, and further revoked in 2022.

In October 2022, Cabinet confirmed that the EEL would be re-introduced on 1 January 2023, following New Zealand’s decision to re-open its borders to international travel.

 Documents Seen by the Minister:

Date Title Reference
10 November 2022 Briefing Note: Export Education Levy Regulations [PDF, 803 KB] 1299118
25 October 2022 Cabinet Paper: Reintroducing the Export Education Levy [PDF, 1.1 MB]

CAB-22-MIN-0457

25 October 2022 Stage 2 Cost Recovery Impact Statement: Reintroducing the Export Education Levy [PDF, 1.1 MB] N/A
29 September 2022 Briefing Note: Reintroducing the Export Education Levy [PDF, 754 KB] 1296995
25 August 2022 Education Report: Education Report: Export Education Levy Rate and Improvement Options [PDF, 789 KB] 1290146
8 June 2022 Education Report: Export Education Levy and International Student Fee Review [PDF, 857 KB] 1266742
22 September 2021 Regulatory Impact Analysis: Export Education Levy 2022 Suspension [PDF, 848 KB] N/A
04 November 2021  Briefing Note: LEG Paper: Education (Export Education Levy) Regulations 2011 Revocation Order 2021(external link) 1275901 
18 October 2021 Cabinet Paper: Export Education Levy 2022 Suspension CAB-21-0416(external link)

CAB-21-MIN-0416

13 May 2020 Briefing Note: Options for legislative amendments to the Export Education Levy(external link) 1228219

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