How to make a complaint
What to do if you have a complaint about your treatment by your education provider or agent.
What to do first
If you have concerns about your treatment by your education provider or the provider's agent, the first thing you must do is contact the principal, the international student director, or another person who has been identified to you as someone you can approach about complaints.
They will have an internal complaint process that you will need to go through before you can take your complaint any further.
The Code requires that all education providers have fair and equitable internal complaint procedures for students.
If your concerns are not resolved by your provider's internal complaint process, you can then make a complaint to the International Education Appeal Authority (IEAA).
How to make a complaint to the IEAA
The IEAA is an independent body established to deal with complaints from international students about pastoral care aspects of advice and services received from their education provider.
The IEAA enforces the standards of the Code of Practice.
If your concerns have not been resolved by your provider's internal complaint process, you can go to the IEAA website.
The IEAA complaint form asks you to 'explain why you believe the institute or school has breached its obligation(s) to you under the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students?' Copies of the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students are available for download in several languages from the Ministry of Education website at the following link: www.minedu.govt.nz/CodeofPractice
What the IEAA can do
The purpose of the IEAA is to adjudicate on complaints from international students. The IEAA will investigate complaints and determine if there has been a breach of the Code. They will keep you informed of the status of your complaint.
The IEAA has the power to impose sanctions on education providers that have committed a breach of the Code that is not a serious breach. These sanctions include an order for restitution, publication of the breach and/or requiring that remedial action be undertaken.
The IEAA will refer complaints that are not about pastoral care to another regulatory body if appropriate.
The education provider will be given a reasonable time to remedy the breach. If the breach is not remedied within that time, the IEAA may refer the complaint to the International Education Review Panel (Review Panel). If the IEAA determine that there has been a serious breach of the Code, they will refer the complaint to the Review Panel.
What the Review Panel can do
The Review Panel can remove or suspend an education provider as a signatory to the Code. This means that the provider would not be able to take any more international students.
Only the IEAA can refer complaints to the Review Panel.
Contact the IEAA
Level 1, 86 Custom House Quay
Private Bag 32001
Phone + 64 4 462 6660
Fax + 64 4 462 6686