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Higher Education Legislation Amendment (Student Services and Amenities) Bill 2011

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2010-2011

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

 

 

Higher Education Legislation Amendment (Student Services and Amenities) Bill 2010

 

 

(1)     Schedule 1, item 5, page 6 (after line 27), at the end of section 19-38, add:

Accountability of expenditure

             (8)  Each higher education provider must include in each report it prepares for the purposes of section 19-10 the following information in relation to the period covered by the report:

                     (a)  details of amounts collected as student services and amenities fees during that period;

                     (b)  details of the expenditure of such amounts paid to the provider.

             (9)  Each higher education provider must provide a copy of that information to the department in the form approved by the Minister.

           (10)  The department must publish on its website the information it receives under subsection (9).

[accountability of expenditure]

(2)     Schedule 1, item 5, page 6 (after line 27), at the end of section 19-38, add:

Report on consultations

           (11)  Each higher education provider must, as soon as practicable after 31 December each year, prepare and publish a report detailing the consultation which occurred during that year between the provider, its students and its student organisations in relation to the level of the *student services and amenities fee, collection of that fee and its disbursement of the amounts collected as fees.

           (12)  Each higher education provider must provide to the department a copy of each report prepared under subsection (11).

           (13)  The department must publish on its website a copy of each report received under subsection (12) in a form which allows ready comparison between the reports of different higher education providers.

[report on consultations]

(3)     Schedule 1, item 6, page 7 (lines 12 to 14), subsection 19-67(3) TO BE OPPOSED .

[funding of student organisations]

[If amt (3) above not successful, amts (4) and (5) below to be moved]

(4)     Schedule 1, item 4, page 4 (after line 11), after subsection 19-37(5), insert:

          (5A)  If a higher education provider determines a * student services and amenities fee in respect of a person, the provider must pay a minimum of 30% of the fee directly to the undergraduate, postgraduate or international student organisation at the campus of the provider that would normally represent the interests of the person, to be used for the purposes of providing student services and representation generally.

[minimum payment to student organisations]

(5)     Schedule 1, item 5, page 5 (line 8), omit “A”, substitute “Subject to subsection 19-37(5A), a”.

[consequential - minimum payment to student organisations]