Our role

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Last updated 9 February 2021
Last updated 9 February 2021

We are the Government's key agency for investing in tertiary education, training and careers services.

We lead the Government's relation with the tertiary education sector in New Zealand and provide career services from education to employment. Our investments support more than 700 tertiary education organisations (TEOs) across New Zealand to provide all forms of post-secondary school education, including foundation education, vocational education, higher education and research.

Our role is to:

  • fund tertiary education organisations (TEOs) , grow their capability and monitor their performance
  • provide information and services to help career seekers prepare to move to work or further study
  • collect and provide information about study and work options
  • strengthen the connections from education to employment
  • advise the Minister on tertiary education organisations (TEOs) , and sector performance and on the operational impact of policy.

Our statutory functions are set out in the Education and Training Act 2020.