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Higher Education Legislation Amendment (2007 Budget Measures) Bill 2007

Schedule 8 Commonwealth scholarships

   

Higher Education Support Act 2003

1  At the end of section 3-5

Add:

             (3)  Chapter 2 also provides for the direct payment to students of certain Commonwealth scholarships.

Note:       The heading to section 3-5 is altered by inserting “ etc. ” after “ assistance ”.

2  Paragraph 5-1(4)(c)

Omit “Grants for”.

3  Chapter 2 (heading)

Repeal the heading, substitute:

Chapter 2 Grants for higher education assistance etc.

4  At the end of section 8-1 (after the note)

Add:

This Chapter also provides for the direct payment to students of certain Commonwealth scholarships under Part 2-4.

5  Part 2-4 (heading)

Repeal the heading, substitute:

Part 2-4 Commonwealth scholarships

6  Division 46 (heading)

Repeal the heading, substitute:

Division 46 Commonwealth scholarships

7  At the end of section 46-1 (before the note)

Add:

Certain scholarships may be paid directly to students.

8  Section 46-10

Omit “2 classes”, substitute “3 classes”.

9  Paragraph 46-10(a)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                     (a)  directly-paid standard scholarships; and

                    (aa)  indirectly-paid standard scholarships; and

10  After section 46-10

Insert:

46-13   Eligibility of students to receive directly-paid standard Commonwealth scholarships

                   If:

                     (a)  the Commonwealth Scholarships Guidelines provide for a particular kind of directly-paid standard * Commonwealth scholarship; and

                     (b)  those guidelines set out eligibility requirements for that kind of scholarship; and

                     (c)  a student of:

                              (i)  a * Table A provider; or

                             (ii)  a higher education provider to which subparagraph 30-1(1)(a)(ii) applies;

                            satisfies those eligibility requirements; and

                     (d)  the student is selected by the provider to receive that kind of scholarship; and

                     (e)  the selection is in accordance with a selection policy maintained by that provider; and

                      (f)  the selection policy complies with the requirements set out in the Commonwealth Scholarships Guidelines;

the student is entitled to receive from the Commonwealth that kind of directly-paid standard Commonwealth scholarship.

11  Subsection 46-15(1)

Before “standard”, insert “indirectly-paid”.

Note:       The heading to section 46-15 is replaced by the heading “ Eligibility of higher education providers to receive grants for certain Commonwealth scholarships ”.

12  After subsection 46-20(1)

Insert:

Directly-paid standard Commonwealth scholarships

          (1A)  Without limiting subsection (1), the Commonwealth Scholarships Guidelines may provide for the following matters in relation to directly-paid standard * Commonwealth scholarships:

                     (a)  the kinds of scholarships that are to be directly-paid standard Commonwealth scholarships;

                     (b)  the eligibility requirements for each kind of scholarship;

                     (c)  how the amounts of scholarships are to be determined;

                     (d)  the indexation of amounts of scholarships, using the method of indexation set out in Part 5-6;

                     (e)  how scholarships are to be paid;

                      (f)  the conditions that apply to a particular kind of scholarship;

                     (g)  the amount, being part of the amount referred to in section 46-40 for a year, that will be spent on each kind of scholarship in that year;

                     (h)  the indexation of such an amount for subsequent years, using the method of indexation set out in Part 5-6;

                      (i)  the maximum number of students that a particular higher education provider can select to receive a particular kind of scholarship for a particular year;

                      (j)  requirements to be complied with by selection policies maintained by higher education providers;

                     (k)  information that higher education providers are to give the Minister.

13  Subsection 46-20(2)

Omit “those guidelines”, substitute “the Commonwealth Scholarships Guidelines”.

Note:       The following heading to subsection (2) is inserted “ Other Commonwealth scholarships ”.

14  Subsection 46-20(2)

After “matters”, insert “in relation to indirectly-paid standard * Commonwealth scholarships and postgraduate research Commonwealth scholarships”.

15  Paragraph 46-20(2)(a)

Omit “standard scholarships”, substitute “indirectly-paid standard Commonwealth scholarships”.

16  Paragraph 46-20(2)(b)

After “research”, insert “Commonwealth”.

17  Section 46-25

After “a grant”, insert “to a higher education provider”.

18  Section 164-1

Omit “to higher education providers and other bodies”.

19  After section 164-15

Insert:

164-17   Overpayments of Commonwealth scholarships to students

                   An overpayment of an amount paid, or purportedly paid, to a person by way of a * Commonwealth scholarship under section 46-13 may, in whole or part, be:

                     (a)  deducted from any amount that is payable, or to be paid, to that person under that section; or

                     (b)  recovered by the Commonwealth from that person as a debt due to the Commonwealth.

164-18   Repayment of Commonwealth scholarships paid to students—breach of condition

             (1)  This section applies if:

                     (a)  an amount is paid to a person by way of a * Commonwealth scholarship under section 46-13; and

                     (b)  the person breaches a condition of the Commonwealth scholarship.

             (2)  The amount may, in whole or part, be:

                     (a)  deducted from any amount that is payable, or to be paid, to that person under that section; or

                     (b)  recovered by the Commonwealth from that person as a debt due to the Commonwealth.

Note:       The heading to section 164-15 is altered by adding at the end “ of Commonwealth grants ”.

20  Application of amendments

The amendments made by this Schedule apply in relation to payments under Part 2-4 of the Higher Education Support Act 2003 in respect of the year 2008 or a later year.