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Australian Education Amendment Bill 2017

Originating house
House of Representatives
Before Reps
Education and Training


Amends the: Australian Education Act 2013 to: retain the Schooling Resource Standard (SRC); provide that government schools receive 20 per cent and non-government schools receive 80 per cent of the Commonwealth share of the SRS; ensure that all schools transition to their relevant share of the SRS by 2027; provide for transition adjustment funding; update the per-student base funding amounts for 2018; allow for the indexation of base amounts to be tied to an indexation rate; change the calculation of the ‘student with disability’ loading; require the minister to determine each non-government school’s socio-economic status score for the purpose of its capacity to contribute percentage; reduce the benefit afforded to non-government primary schools under capacity to contribute calculations; and make technical amendments in relation to the number of students at a school, school education information, reviewable decisions, former approved authorities and the making of regulations; and Australian Education Act 2013 and Australian Education (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Act 2013 to: update the preamble and objects of the Act; stipulate certain conditions of financial assistance on the states and territories; require the states and territories to maintain their 2017 per-student funding levels as a condition of Commonwealth funding; stipulate certain ongoing policy requirements for approved authorities for non-government schools; remove the distinction between participating and non-participating schools; remove certain requirement for approved authorities; and include additional annual reporting requirements in relation to Commonwealth funding.

Progress of bill

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House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 11/05/17  
Second reading moved 11/05/17  
Second reading debate 23/05/17  
Second reading debate 24/05/17  
Second reading debate 25/05/17  

Text of bill

  • First reading


Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum


Second reading speeches

Proposed amendments

No proposed amendments have been circulated.

Schedules of amendments

Bills Digest

  • Referred to Committee (11/05/2017): Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee; Report due 14/06/2017
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