Consultation on the proposed changes to improve Te oranga me te haumaru ākonga | Learner wellbeing and safety closed on 21 May.
We appreciated the time and energy of the over 100 individuals and groups who provided written submissions, and the 60 individuals and groups we met with virtually and kānohi ki te kānohi during this time.
The dispute resolution scheme for domestic learners will come into effect on 1 January 2022. Prior to this date, a scheme operator will be appointed following a formal selection process and confirmation of the scheme’s rules.
We will provide further updates on the scheme at a later date.
Ko te huarahi whakatau tautohe tētahi ara hou e wātea ana ki ngā ākonga tuatoru o Aotearoa me ngā kaiwhakarato kia whakatau tautohe ā-kirimana, ā-pūtea rānei.
The dispute resolution scheme aims to help settle contractual or financial disputes that domestic tertiary learners and providers haven’t been able to resolve themselves.
I ētahi wā he nui ngā pānga ā-mātauranga, ā-pūtea, ā-ngākau hoki o tēnei mea te tautohe ki te akonga, ki tōna whānau anō hoki. Mā tētahi huarahi whakatau tautohe pakari ake ka kaha ake te whakatau take, ka piki hoki te ōrite o ngā whiwhinga painga o te pūnaha mātauranga matua mō te katoa.
Disputes can have big educational, financial and emotional impacts on learners and their whānau. A strong dispute resolution scheme will help resolve issues and make the tertiary education system fairer and more accessible for everyone.
Hei whakakī whāwhārua te huarahi whakatau tautohe hou mō ngā ākonga mātauranga matua nō Aotearoa. I tēnei wā, ka āhei ngā ākonga katoa ki te haere ki te Disputes Tribunal mō ngā take piki atu ki te $30,000. Ka āhei ngā ākonga o tāwāhi te whakatau tautohe mā te whakamahi i iStudent Complaints, otiia, kāore ngā ākonga o Aotearoa e āhei kia uru ki tēnei ratonga.
The new disputes resolution scheme fills a gap for domestic tertiary learners. At the moment, all learners can access the New Zealand Qualifications Authority’s complaints process as well as the Disputes Tribunal for claims up to $30,000. International learners can resolve disputes using iStudent Complaints, but domestic learners cannot access this service.
Who can use the scheme and how can they use it?
The disputes resolution scheme will be accessible to all learners in tertiary education, including Te Pūkenga, wānanga, universities and private training establishments. A wide range of people – including parents, whānau members and advocates – will be able to make complaints with or on behalf of learners who may want additional support. Groups of learners will be able to make complaints together.
Click on the link below to read the full discussion document.