The Education and Training Amendment Bill (No 2)

The Education and Training Amendment Bill (No 2) (the Bill) was introduced into the House on 30 November 2021.

A copy of the Bill, and information on how you can make a submission to the select committee, can be found by clicking the link below.

Education and Training Amendment Bill (No 2) - New Zealand Parliament(external link)

The Bill amends the Education and Training Act 2020 (the Act) to:

  • align the Police vetting provisions in the Education and Training Act more closely with the safety checking requirements in the Children’s Act 2014;
  • strengthen Teaching Council disciplinary processes;
  • provide greater flexibility for Government to regulate compulsory student services fees charged by tertiary education providers;
  • enable National Student Numbers (NSNs) to be used when there is funding for work-based training;
  • authorise NSNs to be assigned to students studying for NCEA in overseas jurisdictions with which New Zealand has entered into an arrangement for the teaching and assessment of NCEA, and authorise schools in those jurisdictions to be specified users of NSNs;
  • enable the New Zealand Qualifications Authority to exercise discretion about whether to cancel the registration of a Private Training Establishment in relation to immigration breaches;
  • simplify qualifications and other credentials;
  • amend the Education Review Office’s mandate to enable it to review professional learning and development;
  • ensure that learner wellbeing and safety arrangements for international and tertiary students and the disputes resolution scheme for tertiary students are fit for purpose;
  • introduce a new type of casual vacancy on school boards that relates to board members who are removed for breaching a code of conduct;
  • amend the Act’s regulation-making powers so that regulations can provide for Gazette notices to specify the qualifications that must be held by persons controlling, or working as educators within, an early learning service; and
  • make a number of minor and technical amendments.

The Regulatory Impact Statements for the Bill can be found below:

Regulatory Impact Statement: Police vetting -removing the application period for specified employees [PDF, 269 KB]

Regulatory Impact Statement: Disciplinary processes for teachers [PDF, 328 KB]

Regulatory Impact Assessment: Increasing flexibility for government to set requirements on compulsory student services fees [PDF, 330 KB]

Regulatory Impact Statement: Extending the scope of national student numbers [PDF, 257 KB] 

Regulatory Impact Statement: Changes to Private Training Establishment registration cancellation due to immigration breaches [PDF, 228 KB]

Regulatory Impact Statement: Simplifying qualifications and credentials [PDF, 477 KB]

Regulatory Impact Statement: Extending ERO's mandate to include the review of professional learning and development (PLD) accessed by schools, kura and early learning services [PDF, 1 MB]

Regulatory Impact Statement: Legislative changes to support learner wellbeing and safety [PDF, 424 KB]

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