Fees Free.

A vital tool for first-year students.

The Fees Free program covers one full year of tertiary study for all first-year students in NZ. Octave worked closely with The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) to build a tool that enables students to find out if they are eligible for this program.


The Fees Free program had to be delivered in a very short time frame – there was just six weeks between our first meeting and when the website went live. A close relationship with TEC and our sister agency Eightyone, who put together the new Fees Free brand, ensured we could deliver a great result on the big day.

This project won the supreme Prime Minister’s Award at the Deloitte IPANZ Public Sector Excellence Awards in 2018 and we continue to work with TEC, making improvements and adding new features.

IPANZ Judges

“An outstanding example of innovation and cross-agency delivery, taking complex new policy from concept to design and implementation in just six weeks; delivering a fast, stable service under the pressure of high demand.”

2018 Numbers


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