Our role

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Last updated 22 May 2019
Last updated 22 May 2019

At the Tertiary Education Commission (the TEC), we lead the Government’s relationship with the tertiary education sector and provide career services from education to employment. Each year, we spend over $3 billion investing in tertiary education and supporting the tertiary and careers system. Our purpose is to help all New Zealanders prosper through tertiary education and careers services.

Our statutory functions are set out in the Education Act 1989.

We are required to:

  • give effect to the Tertiary Education Strategy (TES) by funding tertiary education organisations (TEOs) growing their capability and monitoring their performance
  • collect and provide information about study and work options
  • provide information and services to help career seekers prepare to move to work or further study
  • strengthen the connections from education to employment
  • advise the Minister on tertiary education organisations and sector performance and on  the operational impact of policy.