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Proposed changes to teachers' fees

Thank you to the teachers who provided feedback on the proposed changes to fees in April 2017. Our Board has spent significant time discussing these changes and would like to make some comments.

Here is a background summary to the Fees Discussion up to 30 June 2018. In July 2015, the incoming Education Council Board agreed with the Transition Board’s decision that fees would not be changed in the first 12 months. This was despite acknowledgement from the Transition Board that the current fee settings would not enable the Council to operate sustainably, let alone undertake its expanded legislative functions. In October 2016, the Minister sought Cabinet approval to provide transitional funding to support the Education Council to become self-sufficient in performing its statutory functions under the Education Act 1989.

In November 2016, a Funding Agreement was signed between the Council and the Ministry of Education (the Ministry) that provided a one-off investment of $21.43 million in transitional funding to cover the period up to June 2019. This date coincided with the expiry of the last of the collective agreements - the Area School Principals’ Collective Agreement. The funding was conditional upon the Council becoming self-sufficient and sustainable by 1 July 2019 and delivering its statutory functions during the period of the Funding Agreement.

In April 2017, the Council began consultation with the sector on proposed fees to take effect from 1 July 2019. More than 10,000 submissions and responses to an online survey were received. The volume of feedback resulted in the Board requiring more time to analyse all submissions and reach a decision.

In September 2017, the general election took place and the Board deferred making an announcement on fees to allow time for the new government to be formed. It also enabled the Board to confirm with the new Minister of Education that the facts on revenue sources in the Consultation Document and the Funding Agreement with the Ministry remained accurate.

Earlier this year, various announcements were made that could have implications for the Council’s governance structure and statutory functions, and thus also for the requirement for fees. The fees decision was put on hold. The Council therefore continues to work with the Minister and Ministry on the options available to the Council to achieve self-sufficiency and financial sustainability.

Here’s some more information:

Chronology of actions related to fees proposal 
Media statement on fees decision delay

Consultation on possible changes to education council fees
Infographic: Why are fee increases needed?
FAQ: possible changes to education council fees
Media release: Consultation begins on proposals to change teachers' practising certificate fees

Next steps

No changes to fees will occur before 1 July, 2020. 

 

Page updated 19 December 2018