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Education Services for Overseas Students Amendment (Re-registration of Providers and Other Measures) Bill 2010

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2008-2009

 

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

Education Services for Overseas Students Amendment (Re-registration of Providers and Other Measures) Bill 2009

 

 

(Amendments to be moved by Dr Southcott)

 

(1)           Schedule 1, item 11, page 5 (after line 7), after subsection (1) insert:

          (1A)  A designated authority for a State shall use a risk-management approach when considering whether to recommend that an approved provider should be re-registered.

(2)           Schedule 2, item 4, page 15 (after line 23), after paragraph (a), insert:

                    (aa)  only employ or engage an agent who is

                              (i)  a Qualified Education Agent Counsellor who has completed the Education Agents Training Course or a recognised equivalent as specified in the regulations, and

                             (ii)  a member of  a professional body for education agents if such a body has been specified in the regulations in relation to the area in which the agent operates; and

(3)           Schedule 2, page 16, after item 9 (after line 30), insert:

9A  After section 80

Insert:

80A Reports on provider defaults

(1)    If one or more calls are made on the Fund as a result of a set of circumstances (a provider default ) that result in a registered provider becoming required to refund one or more amounts under Division 2 of Part 3 because of subsection 27(1), the Fund Manager must give to the Minister a report that sets out the following:

(a)     the day on which the provider default occurred;

(b)    the nature of the provider default;

(c)     the number of students affected by the provider default;

(d)    the total amount of the payments that, at the time of giving the report to the Minister, have been made out of the Fund relating to the provider default;

(e)     an estimate of the total amount of claims against the Fund, by students affected by the provider default, that are outstanding  at the time of giving the report to the Minister;

(f)       whether one or more suitable alternative course were available to students affected by the provider default;

(g)     information relating to the steps that the Fund Manager took to arrange suitable alternative courses for students affected by the provider default;

(h)    the total number of students affected by the provider default who, at the time of giving the report to the Minister, have been placed in suitable alternative courses; and

(i)   such other matters relating to the provider default that the Fund Manager considers it appropriate to include.

     (2)        The report must be given to the Minister within 60 days after the day on which the provider default occurred.

     (3)        The Minister must cause a copy of a report given to the Minister under this section to be tabled in each House of the Parliament as soon as practicable after receiving the report.

 

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