Initial consultation on the review of the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF)

Closed 14 Dec 2018

NZQA is reviewing the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) to ensure it remains fit for purpose, flexible and adaptive to the future needs of learners, employers, communities and iwi.

Classifying qualifications by level and type, the NZQF is the backbone of New Zealand’s qualifications system and is underpinned by robust quality assurance processes, ensuring confidence in New Zealand’s qualifications system. It also creates a referencing point for people with domestic and international qualifications - supporting a mobile workforce.

NZQA has established an Advisory Group to support the NZQF review. NZQA also gathered stakeholder views on the NZQF through six targeted focus groups in February 2018. The focus groups were with groups of employers, Māori, Pasifika, professional and regulatory bodies, qualification developers and learners.

The views and comments of these groups helped shape the proposals in the consultation document which was released on 24 October 2018.

Consultation proposals

The four main proposals for consultation were:

  • Inclusion of a wider range of education products on the NZQF
  • Explicitly embedding transferable competencies into the NZQF
  • Address technical issues in the NZQF
  • Make the NZQF easier to use and more relevant to all stakeholders.

Consultation on the proposals closed on 14 December 2018. The consultation paper is available here (PDF, 918KB).

Feedback to the consultation

NZQA received 64 responses to the consultation, which included 46 responses from Tertiary Education Organisations, five from education peak bodies, nine from individuals and four from other organisations. A summary of the main themes is attached here (PDF, 72KB).

Thank you for your feedback.

Next steps

NZQA has extended the timelines for the NZQF review, given the other significant changes underway in the education sector. We now expect to complete the review by the end of 2019. We expect to release a further discussion paper in mid-2019.

Further questions

If you have any further questions or concerns, please email

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