Te oranga me te haumaru ākonga: tertiary ākonga safety and wellbeing – consultation now open

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The consultation for the proposed code for the safety and wellbeing of all tertiary learners, a new disputes resolution scheme for domestic tertiary students, and law changes to clarify tertiary organisations’ responsibilities to learners opens today, Wednesday 7 April, and runs until midnight Friday 21 May.

We know that the education system in Aotearoa is changing. In partnership with the sector, we’re working to put the needs of all ākonga, their families and communities, and honouring Te Tiriti o Waitangi first in order to deliver more equitable education.

We also know that wellbeing and safety are essential for learners to achieve their goals in education. When learners have safe, inclusive and healthy environments for learning, living and socialising, they are more likely to succeed in their studies.

This work is a shared responsibility. The Ministry, government, tertiary education providers, learners, whānau and the wider community all have a part to play in the safety and wellbeing of tertiary and international learners.

What are the proposals?

We are asking for feedback on:

  • A code of practice that sets out what is expected of providers for domestic tertiary learners and all international learners’ safety and wellbeing. A new service to help resolve some disputes between students and tertiary organisations.
  • Law changes that would affect tertiary providers with domestic and international students, and schools with international students.

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