Otago Polytechnic is committed to providing an environment that is enjoyable, safe and secure for all students, staff and visitors.
It is important that you read our Terms and Conditions (including our policies) because when you sign the declaration on the application form, it means that you are accepting all of them.
Workforce restrictions for children's workforce
If you have a criminal conviction, and you are studying (or considering studying) towards a qualification that will lead to a job in the state-funded sector (including teaching or providing youth services) working directly with children, you will need to check whether your conviction could prevent you from working in some roles in your chosen field. This is because new legislation, the Children's Act 2014, will prevent state sector agencies and government-funded service providers from hiring people with convictions for "specified offences" to work with children in some roles. The restrictions came into effect on 1 July, 2015.
- You can read the list of specified offences online here.
- You can get more specific information (including FAQs) here.
This information has been supplied by the Children's Action Plan Directorate and the Tertiary Education Commission.
Tuition fees vary between programmes. The fees shown in the annual Programme Guide and our online programme information pages are indicative fees. Please note that all fees are for one year of study and in New Zealand dollars (NZD). Fees are likely to increase for each year of study and additional fees may be required for programme materials.