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States Grants (Primary and Secondary Education Assistance) Bill 2000

1998-1999-2000

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

States Grants (Primary and Secondary Education Assistance) Bill 2000

 

No.      , 2000

 

(Education, Training and Youth Affairs)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to grant financial assistance to the States for 2001 to 2004 for primary and secondary education, and for related purposes

   

   

   



Contents

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                              1

1............ Short title............................................................................................. 1

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 2

3............ Simplified outline of Act..................................................................... 2

4............ Definitions.......................................................................................... 2

5............ Funding level.................................................................................... 13

6............ Levels of education........................................................................... 14

7............ SES score.......................................................................................... 14

8............ Year 2000 funding level.................................................................... 15

9............ Approved authority........................................................................... 15

10.......... Nominated authority.......................................................................... 15

Part 2—General provisions relating to grants                                                     17

Division 1—Simplified outline of Part                                                                17

11.......... Simplified outline.............................................................................. 17

Division 2—Grants for government schools                                                   18

12.......... Agreement on conditions of financial assistance............................... 18

13.......... General conditions of financial assistance......................................... 19

14.......... Specific condition: financial accountability........................................ 19

15.......... Specific condition: educational accountability................................... 20

16.......... Specific condition: non-fulfilment of conditions............................... 20

17.......... Specific condition: overpayment of financial assistance.................... 21

Division 3—Grants for non-government bodies                                           22

Subdivision A—Requirements for relevant authorities etc.                           22

18.......... Minister not to authorise payment to a State for a non-government body in certain circumstances          22

19.......... Provisions that must be included in agreements................................ 23

20.......... Provisions that may be included in agreements................................. 23

21.......... General requirements........................................................................ 23

22.......... Specific requirement: financial accountability.................................... 24

23.......... Specific requirement: educational accountability............................... 24

24.......... Specific requirement: provision dealing with failure to comply within time limit     25

25.......... Specific requirement: failure to comply with other requirements....... 26

Subdivision B—Conditions of grants to States for non-government bodies 26

26.......... General conditions of grant to State of financial assistance............... 26

27.......... Specific condition: non-fulfilment of conditions............................... 27

Division 4—Miscellaneous                                                                                        28

28.......... Powers of Minister if amounts of grants become repayable.............. 28

29.......... Amount payable by a State to the Commonwealth is a debt.............. 28

30.......... Powers of Minister if amounts payable by relevant authorities......... 28

31.......... Determinations requiring repayments................................................ 29

Part 3—Lists of non-government schools and approved school systems 30

Division 1—Funding of non-government schools                                         30

32.......... Funding of non-government schools................................................ 30

Division 2—List of non-government schools                                                  31

33.......... List of non-government schools........................................................ 31

Division 3—List of approved school systems                                                 33

34.......... List of approved school systems....................................................... 33

Part 4—Varying lists                                                                                                           34

Division 1—Simplified outline of Part                                                                34

35.......... Simplified outline.............................................................................. 34

Division 2—Varying lists of non-government schools and approved school systems     35

36.......... Varying list of non-government schools........................................... 35

37.......... Varying list of approved school systems.......................................... 36

Division 3—Change of funding level                                                                   37

38.......... Change of funding level of non-government school due to incorrect SES score      37

Division 4—Change of approved authority                                                     39

39.......... Application of Division..................................................................... 39

40.......... How to obtain Ministerial approval of proposal................................ 39

41.......... Decision by the Minister................................................................... 39

42.......... Varying list of non-government schools........................................... 40

Division 5—Change in systemic status                                                               41

43.......... Proposal for a non-systemic school to become a member of an approved school system        41

44.......... Proposal for a school to cease to be a member of an approved school system         42

Division 6—Changes to schools or education provided                            44

45.......... Application to vary list of non-government schools.......................... 44

46.......... Decision by Minister on application.................................................. 45

47.......... Prerequisites for variation of list....................................................... 46

48.......... Application relating to previous program year.................................. 47

Division 7—Miscellaneous                                                                                        48

49.......... Variation to include funding level in certain circumstances............... 48

50.......... Minister to give notice to authority of determination......................... 49

51.......... Determination may be given retrospective effect............................... 49

52.......... Overseas students disregarded.......................................................... 49

Part 5—Grants for education at government schools                                     51

Division 1—Grants for general recurrent expenditure                            51

53.......... Grants for general recurrent expenditure........................................... 51

Division 2—Capital grants                                                                                       52

54.......... Authorising payments of capital grants............................................. 52

Part 6—Grants for non-government schools                                                       53

Division 1—Simplified outline of Part                                                                53

55.......... Simplified outline.............................................................................. 53

Division 2—Grants for general recurrent expenditure                            54

Subdivision A—Schools with SES funding levels                                              54

56.......... Simplified outline.............................................................................. 54

57.......... Authorising payments for non-systemic schools.............................. 55

58.......... Authorising payments for approved school systems (except approved Catholic school systems)            56

59.......... Primary student amount.................................................................... 57

60.......... Secondary student amount................................................................ 60

61.......... Combined primary and secondary student amounts.......................... 62

62.......... Primary distance education student amount....................................... 65

63.......... Secondary distance education student amount................................... 66

Subdivision B—Schools with year 2000 funding levels                                   66

64.......... Simplified outline.............................................................................. 66

65.......... Authorising payments for non-systemic schools.............................. 66

66.......... Authorising payments for schools in approved school systems (except approved Catholic school systems)           67

67.......... Primary student amount.................................................................... 68

68.......... Secondary student amount................................................................ 68

69.......... Primary distance education student amount....................................... 68

70.......... Secondary distance education student amount................................... 68

Subdivision C—Approved Catholic school systems                                         69

71.......... Simplified outline.............................................................................. 69

72.......... Authorising payments for approved Catholic school systems........... 69

Division 3—Capital grants                                                                                       73

73.......... Authorisation of payment of capital grants........................................ 73

Division 4—Grants of transitional emergency assistance                       74

74.......... Grants of transitional emergency assistance...................................... 74

Division 5—Grants to provide establishment assistance                          75

75.......... Grants to provide establishment assistance....................................... 75

Part 7—Grants to provide strategic assistance to improve student outcomes        76

76.......... Object of Part.................................................................................... 76

77.......... Grants for strategic assistance for government schools etc. and non-government schools       76

78.......... Grants for strategic assistance for government schools..................... 77

79.......... Grants for strategic assistance for non-government schools............. 77

Part 8—Grants for education in country areas                                                  79

80.......... Object of Part.................................................................................... 79

81.......... Grants for government schools in country areas............................... 79

82.......... Grants for non-government schools in country areas........................ 79

83.......... Ceiling for grants under this Part...................................................... 79

Part 9—Grants to foster literacy and numeracy                                                80

84.......... Object of Part.................................................................................... 80

85.......... Grants for national projects to foster literacy or numeracy................ 80

Part 10—Grants for special education at non-government centres       82

86.......... Object of Part.................................................................................... 82

87.......... Grants for special education at non-government centres................... 82

88.......... Ceiling for grants under this Part...................................................... 82

Part 11—Grants to foster the learning of languages other than English 83

89.......... Object of Part.................................................................................... 83

90.......... Grants for government schools etc.................................................... 83

91.......... Grants for non-government schools.................................................. 83

92.......... Ceiling for grants under this Part...................................................... 84

Part 12—Grants to foster the learning of Asian languages and studies of Asia   85

93.......... Object of Part.................................................................................... 85

94.......... Grants to foster the learning of Asian languages and studies of Asia in government schools  85

95.......... Grants to foster the learning of Asian languages and studies of Asia in non-government schools           85

96.......... Grants for national projects to foster the learning of Asian languages and studies of Asia      85

97.......... Ceiling for grants under this Part...................................................... 86

Part 13—Grants for teaching English to new arrivals                                   87

98.......... Object of Part.................................................................................... 87

99.......... Grants for teaching English as a second language in government schools               87

100........ Grants for teaching English as a second language in non-government schools        88

Part 14—Grants for national projects                                                                      90

101........ Minister may approve grants for national projects............................ 90

Part 15—Miscellaneous                                                                                                     91

Division 1—Average Government School Recurrent Costs                  91

102........ Changes to Average Government School Recurrent Costs............... 91

103........ Changes to amounts for primary education....................................... 91

104........ Changes to amounts for secondary education................................... 92

Division 2—Cost supplementation                                                                        93

105........ Recurrent grants................................................................................ 93

106........ Capital grants for government schools and non-government schools 94

Division 3—Timing of payments etc.                                                                  95

107........ Minister may fix amounts and times of payment of financial assistance.. 95

108........ Advances.......................................................................................... 95

109........ Determination authorising the making of payments may authorise Minister to determine amounts of payments     95

Division 4—False or misleading statements                                                    96

110........ Payment reduction for false or misleading statement......................... 96

Division 5—Appropriation and authority to borrow                                 99

111........ Appropriation.................................................................................... 99

112 ........ Authority to borrow.......................................................................... 99

Division 6—Administrative matters                                                                  100

113........ Determinations, approvals etc. by Minister..................................... 100

114........ Revocation or variation of determinations or approvals by Minister 100

115........ Delegation....................................................................................... 101

116........ Report by Minister.......................................................................... 102

Division 7—Overseas students                                                                             103

117........ Overseas students........................................................................... 103

Division 8—Regulations                                                                                           104

118........ Regulations..................................................................................... 104

Part 16—Transitional provisions                                                                               105

119........ Application of this Part................................................................... 105

120........ Approved authority......................................................................... 105

121........ Levels of education......................................................................... 105

122........ Previous list of non-government schools........................................ 105

123........ Previous list of approved school systems....................................... 106

124........ Overseas students........................................................................... 106

125........ Funding levels of existing non-systemic schools............................ 106

126........ Funding levels of existing systemic schools................................... 107

127........ Funding levels of approved Catholic school systems...................... 109

128........ Funding levels of existing special schools (except schools in approved Catholic school systems)          109

129........ Funding levels of certain new schools............................................ 109

130........ Once only operation........................................................................ 110

Schedule 1—Average Government School Recurrent Costs (AGSRC)     111

Schedule 2—General recurrent grants for government schools        112

Schedule 3—Capital grants for government schools            113

Schedule 4—General recurrent grants for non-government schools            114

Part 1—SES funding for primary education                                                     114

Part 2—SES funding for secondary education                                                116

Part 3—Year 2000 funding for primary education                                       118

Part 4—Year 2000 funding for secondary education                                   119

Schedule 5—Capital grants for non-government schools 120

Schedule 6—Grants of transitional emergency assistance for non-government schools                                                                                                                        121

Schedule 7—Grants for establishment assistance                     122

Schedule 8—Grants for targeted assistance                                    123

Part 1—Grants for targeted assistance                                                                  123

Part 2—Strategic assistance amounts                                                                     124

Part 3—ESL new arrivals amount                                                                           125

 



A Bill for an Act to grant financial assistance to the States for 2001 to 2004 for primary and secondary education, and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:



 

Schedule 1 Average Government School Recurrent Costs (AGSRC)

Note:       See the definitions of AGSRC in subsection 4(1).

   

 

AGSRC amounts

Column 1 Type of education

Column 2

2001 program year

($)

Column 3

2002 program year

($)

Column 4

2003 program year

($)

Column 5

2004 program year

($)

Primary

4,674

4,674

4,674

4,674

Secondary

6,294

6,294

6,294

6,294

Note:          The operation of section 102 may affect the amounts in this Schedule.



 

Schedule 2 General recurrent grants for government schools

Note:       See section 53.

   

 

Primary education amount and secondary education amount

Column 1

Level of education

Column 2

Funding entitlement

(% of AGSRC)

Column 3

2001 program year

($)

Column 4

2002 program year

($)

Column 5

2003 program year

($)

Column 6

2004 program year

($)

Primary education

9.0

419

419

419

419

Secondary education

9.8

618

618

618

618

Note:       The operation of sections 102, 103 and 104 may affect the amounts in columns 3, 4, 5 and 6.



 

Schedule 3 Capital grants for government schools

Note:       See section 54.

   

 

Capital grants for government schools

Column 1

Program year

Column 2

Amount of grants ($’000)

2001

219,901

2002

219,901

2003

219,901

2004

219,901

2005

 

2006

 

2007

 

Note 1:       Amounts for 2005, 2006 and 2007 will be inserted by an amending Act.

Note 2:       The operation of section 106 may affect the amount of the grants.



 

Schedule 4 General recurrent grants for non-government schools

Note:       See subsection 4(1) and sections 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 72, 125, 126, 127, 128 and 129.