Education Act 1989

Functions of Qualifications Authority

Heading: inserted, on 30 August 2011, by section 38 of the Education Amendment Act 2011 (2011 No 66).

246A Functions of Authority

(1)

The Authority has the following functions:

(a)

to oversee the setting of standards for qualifications in relevant schools and in tertiary education:

(b)

to monitor and regularly review, and advise the Minister on, the standards for qualifications in relevant schools and in tertiary education, either generally or in relation to a particular organisation (within the meaning of section 159B) or a particular programme or training scheme:

(c)

to maintain mechanisms for the recognition of learning (for example, the recognition of learning through qualifications gained and standards met):

(d)

to maintain the Qualifications Framework and Directory of Assessment Standards:

(da)

to monitor, through the exercise of its powers under this Act, compliance by workforce development councils with the prescribed quality assurance requirements, and to address non-compliance:

(db)

to monitor the quality and results of a workforce development council’s systems and procedures for its moderation activities:

(e)

to make rules, not inconsistent with this Act, under any provision of this Part that empowers the Authority to make rules:

(f)

to ensure there are mechanisms in place to guarantee that relevant schools and tertiary education providers that provide programmes or training schemes that, in the view of the Authority, require national consistency have assessment and moderation procedures that are fair, equitable, and consistent, and comply with the appropriate standards:

(g)

to assist overseas governments, and agencies of those governments, by—

(i)

conducting examinations and assessments:

(ii)

approving programmes and training schemes:

(iii)

granting accreditations for the provision of approved programmes:

(iv)

assisting governments and agencies to develop and conduct examinations, and to develop and confer awards:

(h)

to maintain effective liaison with overseas certifying and validating bodies, in order to recognise overseas educational and vocational qualifications in New Zealand and to achieve recognition overseas of New Zealand educational and vocational qualifications:

(i)

to ensure that post-school educational and vocational qualifications maintain international comparability:

(j)

to promote and monitor the delivery of inter-institutional programmes and training schemes:

(k)

any other functions that are conferred on it by this Act or any other enactment.

(2)

The Authority may consult any persons, authorities, and bodies as it considers appropriate for the purposes of performing any of its functions.

Compare: 1989 No 80 s 253

Section 246A: inserted, on 30 August 2011, by section 38 of the Education Amendment Act 2011 (2011 No 66).

Section 246A(1)(da): inserted, on 1 April 2020, by section 56 of the Education (Vocational Education and Training Reform) Amendment Act 2020 (2020 No 1).

Section 246A(1)(db): inserted, on 1 April 2020, by section 56 of the Education (Vocational Education and Training Reform) Amendment Act 2020 (2020 No 1).

Section 246A(1)(f): amended, on 13 June 2013, by section 33 of the Education Amendment Act 2013 (2013 No 34).