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Thursday, 4 December 1986
Page: 3459

(Question No. 1494)

Senator Mason asked the Minister for Education, upon notice, on 13 November 1986:

(1) In regard to the implementation of the proposed Administration Charge, will the Department of Education try to ensure that those students who transfer-without academic penalty-from one institution to another, be able to do so, without being required to pay the Administration Charge twice.

(2) Would the Minister not agree that a national policy needs to be adopted on the collection of the Administration Charge and that such a policy should involve the simple transfer of funds from one institution to another for those students who do transfer, particularly those students who transfer from one institution in one State/Territory to another institution in another State/Territory.

Senator Ryan —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1) The legislation to implement the Higher Education Administration Charge will not prevent institutions from providing a refund where a student has enrolled and subsequently withdraws or transfers to another institution. However, the reduction to an institution's grant by the Commonwealth for each relevant enrolment will not be adjusted to take account of refunds made by an institution.

(2) My Department and the Commonwealth Tertiary Education Commission have had discussions with the Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee and the Australian Committee of Directors and Principles in Advanced Education, following which guidelines have been developed and forwarded to all higher education institutions to assist in the implementation of arrangements for collection of the Higher Education Administration Charge. The guidelines cover the situation of students transferring between institutions.