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Education Services for Overseas Students Legislation Amendment Bill 2007

Schedule 1 Amendments

   

Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000

1  After section 4

Insert:

4A   Objects

                   The principal objects of this Act are:

                     (a)  to provide financial and tuition assurance to overseas students for courses for which they have paid; and

                     (b)  to protect and enhance Australia’s reputation for quality education and training services; and

                     (c)  to complement Australia’s migration laws by ensuring providers collect and report information relevant to the administration of the law relating to student visas.

4B   Extension of this Act to Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands

             (1)  Subject to subsection (2), this Act applies in relation to the Territory of Christmas Island and the Territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands as if:

                     (a)  a reference in a provision of this Act to a State included a reference to the Territory of Christmas Island or the Territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands; and

                     (b)  a reference in a provision of this Act to a designated authority in relation to a State included a reference to the Territories Minister.

             (2)  Paragraph (1)(a) does not apply in relation to the following provisions:

                     (a)  the definitions of designated authority and State in section 5;

                     (b)  paragraph 9(5)(a);

                     (c)  paragraph 24(2)(a);

                     (d)  section 36;

                     (e)  section 79;

                      (f)  paragraph 127(3)(b);

                     (g)  paragraph 152(3)(b);

                     (h)  paragraph 175(1)(e).

             (3)  The Territories Minister may, by signed writing, delegate all or any of his or her functions or powers as a designated authority under this Act to:

                     (a)  an APS employee who is an SES employee or acting SES employee; or

                     (b)  an officer or employee of a State.

2  Section 5 (definition of approved provider )

Omit “in the State”, substitute “for the State”.

3  Section 5 (definition of designated authority )

Omit “in the State”, substitute “for the State”.

4  Section 5

Insert:

Territories Minister means the Minister responsible for administering the Christmas Island Act 1958 .

5  Paragraph 8(1)(f)

Omit “for that particular State”, substitute “for a State”.

6  Subsection 8(1) (note 1)

Omit “in a State”.

7  Subparagraph 8(3)(b)(iv)

Omit “for that State”, substitute “for a State”.

8  Subsection 9(1)

Omit “in that State”, substitute “for that State”.

9  Paragraph 9(2)(c)

Omit “that the provider complies with the national code”, substitute “, in the form approved by the Secretary for the purposes of this paragraph for the State, relating to the provider’s compliance with the national code”.

10  Paragraph 10(4)(a)

Omit “in a specified State”, substitute “for a specified State”.

11  Paragraph 20(4)(b)

Omit “explaining the breach”, substitute “making any submissions about the breach and the circumstances that led to the breach”.

12  Subsection 28(1)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

             (1)  A registered provider must enter into a written agreement with each overseas student or intending overseas student that:

                     (a)  sets out the refund requirements that apply in a situation covered by subsection 27(2); and

                     (b)  meets the requirements (if any) set out in the national code.

Note:       The heading to section 28 is altered by omitting “ if there is ” and substituting “ under ”.

13  Subsection 28(2)

Omit “The provider”, substitute “In a situation covered by subsection 27(2), the provider”.

14  Subsection 28(4)

Omit “Despite subsection (1), this section does not apply if”, substitute “Subsections (2) and (3), and the agreement mentioned in subsection (1), do not apply in relation to the student if”.

15  Paragraph 28(4)(b)

Omit “subsection 27(2) to apply”, substitute “the situation covered by subsection 27(2)”.

16  Before subsection 29(1)

Insert:

          (1A)  This section applies:

                     (a)  in a situation covered by subsection 27(1); or

                     (b)  in a situation covered by subsection 27(2) if:

                              (i)  an agreement has not been entered into with the student that meets the requirements of subsection 28(1); or

                             (ii)  paragraphs 28(4)(a) and (b) apply in relation to the student.

17  Subsection 29(1)

Omit “Unless section 28 applies, the”, substitute “The”.

18  Subsection 43(2)

Before “request”, insert “may”.

19  Section 88

Omit “in the State”, substitute “for the State”.

20  Paragraphs 107(1)(a), (b) and (c)

Omit “in the State”, substitute “in a State”.

21  Paragraph 107(1)(d)

Omit “for the State”.

22  Paragraph 172(1)(c)

Omit “annual Fund contribution or”.

23  Application of item 22

The amendment made by item 22 applies in relation to annual Fund contribution payable in respect of the calendar year commencing on 1 January 2008.

Migration Act 1958

24  Subsection 137J(1) (note)

Omit “explaining the breach”, substitute “making any submissions about the breach and the circumstances that led to the breach”.

25  Subsection 137J(2)

Omit “explaining the breach alleged in the notice”, substitute “making any submissions about the breach and the circumstances that led to the breach”.

26  Application of items 24 and 25

The amendments made by items 24 and 25 apply in relation to a notice sent under section 20 the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 after the commencement of this item.