New rates for the levy paid by international education providers balance their interests with the need to both promote the sector and address failures when they occur, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today.
The Export Education Levy (EEL) is collected from providers to fund a broad range of activities including marketing and promotion. It also funds reimbursements for international students caught out by Private Training Establishment (PTE) programme and provider closures.
"We have listened to feedback from the sector and have decided on a balanced approach to address some of the key concerns raised during consultation, including the financial impacts on the sector while continuing to address the immediate financial pressures on the EEL,' Chris Hipkins said.
The rate for private training establishments (PTEs) will increase from 0.45% to 0.89% of international student tuition fees. For universities, and Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs), the rates will increase from 0.45% to 0.50%.
"The levy fund has to be made financially sustainable to safeguard our international reputation for education and continue to support the wellbeing of our international students. It almost ran out this year due to payouts resulting from closures at PTEs," Chris Hipkins said.
"It may be possible in future to introduce a system where PTEs that are delivering a consistently high-quality service might pay a lower levy while the few PTEs falling into risk categories, including having previous quality issues, might face a higher one," Chris Hipkins said.
The new rates take effect from 1 January 2019.
(With Inputs from New Zealand Government Press Release)