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Thursday, 4 February 2010
Page: 413

Mr CLARE (Parliamentary Secretary for Employment) (9:29 AM) —I move:

That this bill be now read a second time.

The Higher Education Support Amendment (University College London) Bill 2010 makes a minor amendment to the Higher Education Support Act 2003 to add University College London as a Table C provider.

The Higher Education Support Act 2003 includes provision for a foreign university, operating in Australia to be listed as a Table C provider. This listing means that eligible domestic students studying with the university can access FEE-HELP.

FEE-HELP assists eligible domestic students studying for all higher education courses ranging from diploma to PhD by providing a loan for all or part of their tuition costs.

University College London is a non-profit organisation established under United Kingdom law, and has been approved to operate as a higher education provider in Australia by the South Australian government under the National Protocols for Higher Education Approval Processes.

It commenced offering courses in Masters of Science in Energy and Resources in semester 1, 2010 and is anticipating an enrolment of 10 students this year.

I commend the bill to the House.

Debate (on motion by Mr Coulton) adjourned.