Compulsory student service fee direction 2019

Compulsory student service fee requirements were updated in July 2019 to reflect how tertiary education works in 2019. The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) has now issued guidance to assist tertiary education providers in complying with the new requirements.

All tertiary education providers that enrol domestic students including private training establishments, need to review their decision making procedures and online information to comply with the recent changes.

When setting  compulsory student fees for providing services such as health care, childcare, counselling, media, and careers information, tertiary education providers must comply with directions issued by the Minister of Education.

The minister issued a new direction on 31 July 2019 with updates to the fee requirements and, on 17 September 2019, TEC  released updated guidance on how to comply with that direction.

The key changes are:

  • recognition that tertiary education providers can charge different levels of fees to different categories of students (e.g. part-time or distance students) or students studying on different campuses;
  • new requirements for what information tertiary education providers must publish in an accessible location of their websites.

Providers are required to give effect to the new direction as soon as reasonably practicable.

If you would like assistance in ensuring that any compulsory student service fee processes and information your organisation is engaged with are compliant, please contact us.

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