Proposed changes to NZQA cancellation of PTE registration for immigration breaches

Closes 16 Jun 2021

Opened 21 Apr 2021

Overview

Proposed changes to New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) cancellation of Private Training Establishment (PTE) registration for immigration breaches 

Have your say on the proposals to change the NZQA’s mandatory cancellation of PTE registration for immigration breaches

Currently, the NZQA must cancel the registration of a PTE under certain circumstances. This includes if a PTE is convicted of an offence under section 352(1) of the Immigration Act 2009 – allowing a person to undertake a course of study if they are not entitled to do so under the Immigration Act.

We propose that cancellation of a Private Training Establishment’s (PTE) registration for immigration breaches (enrolling international students without an appropriate visa) happens at the discretion of the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA), rather than automatically.

This is in line with NZQA’s discretion to cancel a PTE’s registration for other reasons under section 350(1) of the Education and Training Act 2020 (the Act); for example, breaches of registration conditions. This will also enable Immigration New Zealand to undertake appropriate prosecutions for immigration breaches, without providers potentially suffering the disproportionate consequence of cancellation of registration.

More Information

For more information on Proposed change to enable the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) to have discretion to cancel a Private Training Establishment’s (PTEs) registration, click here.

Your Feedback

We welcome your feedback on this proposal. Your feedback will help shape and inform advice to government on allowing the NZQA to have discretion to cancel a PTE’s registration in this circumstance.

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This consultation will be open until midnight on Wednesday 16 June.

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