Investment Toolkit

Investment Toolkit

Last updated 26 June 2018
Last updated 26 June 2018

The Investment Toolkit provides information, products and templates for the 2018 Investment Round. This page will be added to throughout the year. 

Our objective is to make high-quality investment decisions that achieve better social and economic outcomes for learners and New Zealand - this Toolkit will help us work together to achieve this.

The products and templates contained in the Investment Toolkit:

  • explain in more detail what we want to invest in, and how we will make decisions
  • support you to better understand, articulate and improve your own performance
  • make it simpler to do business with us.


We have made some changes to our approach to the 2018 Investment Round including having a slightly earlier deadline for tertiary education institution (TEI)  Investment Plan submission.

2018 Investment Round timeline graphic (PDF, 440 Kb)


Indicative timing

TEC releases Plan Guidance 

Dec 2017

TEC releases Investment Toolkit material 

Dec 2017 – Feb 2018

TEC releases Gazette Notice

March 2018

Plan engagement

Feb 2018 – Aug 2018

Government announces Budget 2018

May 2018

TEC provides indicative allocations, and releases Mix of Provision (MOP) and Education Performance Indicator Commitments (EPICs) templates

June 2018

TEC releases Supplementary Plan Guidance to reflect any policy or Budget changes (if required)

June 2018

Deadline for draft Plans (TEIs on one or two year Plans)
Deadline for draft MOPs and EPICs (all TEIs)

13 July 2018 

Deadline for PTEs to submit final Plans (PTEs on one or two year Plans)
Deadline for PTEs to submit final MOPs and EPICs (all PTEs)

13 July 2018

Deadline for final Plans (TEIs on one or two year Plans)
Deadline for final MOPs and EPICs (all TEIs)

20 Aug 2018

TEC makes funding decisions

Oct 2018

TEOs  notified of decisions via Plan funding approval letter

Oct/Nov 2018

First payments

Jan 2019

Products to describe our approach to decision-making

These products describe what Investment Plans have to cover, how we will calculate allocations for each fund and our approach to decision-making.

Investment Briefs

The Investment Briefs are a summary of our goals and what we want to achieve across particular areas of provision. 

Focus Area Briefs

Focus Area Briefs identify goals for key strategic areas, and explain how we will work with tertiary education organisations (TEOs) to achieve them.

A tertiary education system that works for all New Zealanders

We need a tertiary education system that works for all New Zealanders. Both TEOs and TEC will need to do things differently to achieve parity for Māori and Pasifika learners.

Plan Assessment Framework

The Plan Assessment Framework outlines what we will look for in your Investment Plan, and shows how you can use the information and products in the Investment Toolkit to develop your Plan.

It also shows how your Plan content will be assessed against the Gazetted Investment Plan Criteria.

Plan Assessment Framework (PDF, 638 Kb))

Principles for funding allocation

The funding allocation principles show how we will calculate your indicative and final allocations for 2019 funding.

You can view these in Fund finder, for the following Funds:

Tools to help you understand your performance

When we assess your Investment Plan, we will look for evidence that you have used multiple sources of information and data to build up a robust picture of your performance.

Some of these tools and information sources are provided below to support this. 

Tertiary Performance SDR information product

The Tertiary Performance SDR information product makes it easier for TEOs to understand their own performance in the context of how different sub-sectors and the overall system are performing.

This will support engagement between TEC and TEOs on performance improvement and learner achievement. Access to the Tertiary Performance SDR information product is though Ngā Kete.

Post-Study Outcomes (PSO) information products

The Post-Study Outcomes of Young Graduates information product provides information about employment outcomes and earnings by level of study and NZSCED.

The Post-Study Outcomes by TEO information product provides TEO-level data about outcomes for learners who completed qualifications by level of study, age, ethnicity, and gender. Access to PSO information products is through Ngā Kete.

My Commitments information product

This information product provides information on tertiary education organisation (TEO) supplied commitments (both mix of provision and performance). Access to My Commitments information product is through Ngā Kete.

Pre-2019 Performance Commitments information product

This information product provides information on tertiary education organisation (TEO) supplied commitments (both mix of provision and performance) pre-2019. Access to My Commitments information product is through Ngā Kete.

My Performance information product

This information product allows you to explore all the single data return (SDR) data used to calculate Educational Performance Indicators (EPIs). Access to My Performance information product is through Ngā Kete.

Capability Framework

The Capability Framework is a self-assessment tool that supports a shared, evidence-based conversation between TEOs and the Tertiary Education Commission (the TEC) about organisational capability.


Benchmarking with NZBT+  (PDF, 685 Kb)

Using comparative data to build institutional capability

NZBT+ (New Zealand Benchmarking Tool) 

For TEIs: provides a comparative cost-efficiency view of your operations

Tertiary career development benchmarks

Helps TEOs self-assess their capability in supporting students’ career development

Student Voice full report and Student Voice Quick Reference Guide

Provides guidance for TEOs on ways to engage with students.

Information about labour market demand

We will add to these lists periodically as new information becomes available. If you have any suggestions for other reports or resources that you would like us to add, please contact  

General labour market information sources

Labour market information sources by region


Tai Tokerau Northland Economic Action Plan


ATEED’s Auckland Innovation Plan

Bay of Plenty

BoPRC’s Regional Economic Development Strategy

East Coast

Activate Tairāwhiti’s Economic Action Plan


Waikato Means Business: An Economic Development Strategy for the Waikato Region


Taranaki Regional Economic Development Strategy 2010-2035


Accellerate25: Manawatū-Whanganui Economic Action Plan

Hawke’s Bay

HBREDS’s Matariki Strategy


WREDA’s  Big Ideas for Economic Growth


NRDA’s  Employment Profiles

West Coast

West Coast Economic Development Action Plan 2017


CDC’s Economic Development Strategy


Dunedin NZ’s Economic Development Strategy

Central Otago Economic and Business Development Strategy


Venture Southland’s Regional Development Strategy

Labour market information sources by industry


Templates for submitting your Plan

This is a template tertiary education organisations (TEOs) can use to structure their Investment Plan. The template sets out the requirements for proposed Plans and ensures we have all the information we require to make informed investment decisions

The MOP and NZQF templates are the same as in previous years. Historical data will be available in My Commitments application. These are examples provided for informational purposes only. Working templates will be available from June 2018.

We have made a number of changes to the EPI Commitments (EPIC) templates for SAC and Youth Guarantee for 2019 onwards.

The templates have been updated to use the EPI methodologies we introduced in 2016, including the cohort groups (1-3, 4-7 non-degree, 7 degree, 8-10). For SAC, we now have one template covering levels 1-10.

To support a focus on parity, the SAC and YG templates collect commitments for ‘Non-Māori, non-Pasifika’, rather than ‘All Learners’.

The templates no longer contain historical performance information, which is available through the My Performance and My Commitments apps.

Want to know more?

For more information about the Investment round, please contact your Investment Manager or call our Sector Helpdesk on 0800 601 301

2018 Investment Round Workshops

Sector Workshop Presentations

In April 2018 we held three sector workshops on the 2018 Investment Round.  These workshops gave you an opportunity to engage with us on the process and priorities for the 2018 Investment Round.  We enjoyed talking with you about how we can work together to achieve better outcomes for learners.

Below are the four presentations made at the Roadshows.  The morning session provided a high level overview of the upcoming Investment Round as well as an overview of the Focus Area Briefs and Investment Briefs.  Following this there were presentations in the afternoon on:
-          the Capability Framework
-          the Primary Industries Focus Area Brief, and
-          Ōritetanga, a tertiary education system that works for everyone.

-          Investment Round 2018 – morning session (PDF, 2 Mb)
-          Capability Framework (PDF, 2.8 Mb)
-          Primary Industries Focus Area Brief (PDF, 2.3 Mb)
-          Ōritetanga, a tertiary education system that works for everyone (PDF, 2.8 Mb)

We also noted the questions that came up at the Workshops and have compiled key questions into Frequently Asked Questions (PDF, 645 Kb).