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Higher Education Support Amendment (Abolition of Compulsory Up-front Student Union Fees) Bill 2003

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2002-2003

 

 

 

 

THE PARLIAMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

 

 

 

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

 

 

HIGHER EDUCATION SUPPORT AMENDMENT (ABOLITION OF COMPULSORY UP-FRONT STUDENT UNION FEES) BILL 2003

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Circulated by authority of the Minister for Education, Science and Training the Hon Dr Brendan Nelson MP)

 

 



 

HIGHER EDUCATION SUPPORT AMENDMENT (ABOLITION OF COMPULSORY UP-FRONT STUDENT UNION FEES) BILL 2003

 

 

OUTLINE

 

The Bill will make student unionism a voluntary activity in higher education institutions that receive public funds.

 

The Bill will amend the Higher Education Support Act 2003 (once enacted) to ensure that a higher education provider is not entitled to receive any Commonwealth assistance under the Act if the provider makes either:

·           Membership of a student organisation; or

·           payment of money not related to a student’s course

 

a condition of enrolment.

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPACT

 

Nil



HIGHER EDUCATION SUPPORT AMENDMENT (ABOLITION OF COMPULSORY UP-FRONT STUDENT UNION FEES) BILL 2003

 

 

NOTES ON CLAUSES

 

 

Clause 1 - Short title

 

Provides for the Act to be cited as the Higher Education Support Amendment (Abolition of Compulsory Up-front Student Union Fees) Act 2003 .

 

 

Clause 2 - Commencement

 

Provides for sections 1 to 3 of the Act to commence on the day on which the Act receives the Royal Assent and for Schedule 1 to the Act to commence immediately after the commencement of sections 1-10 to 238-15 of the Higher Education Support Act 2003 .

 

 

Clause 3 - Schedule(s)

 

Provides that each Act that is specified in a Schedule is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule and that any other item in a Schedule has effect according to its terms.

 

 



Schedule 1 - Higher Education Support Act 2003

 

 

Explanation of the amendment

 

The amendment made by this Schedule is intended to ensure the adoption of voluntary student unionism (including the elimination of compulsory student fees not directly related to educational courses) by all higher education providers and new section 19-37 of the Higher Education Support Act 2003 should be construed accordingly.

 

 

Item 1  After section 19-35

 

Inserts a new section 19-37 after section 19-35 in Division 19 of Part 2-1 of Chapter 2 .

 

Proposed section 19-37  Requiring membership of associations and collection of amounts not directly related to courses

 

Proposed subsection 19-37(1) provides that a higher education provider must not have as a condition of its enrolment of a person with the provider a requirement that the person be or become a member of an association.

 

Proposed subsection 19-37(2) provides that a higher education provider must not collect from a person enrolled with (or seeking to enrol with) the provider any amount that is required to be paid as a condition of enrolment of the person in a course with the provider and does not relate directly to the course.

 

A higher education provider who does not comply with section 19-37 fails to meet the quality and accountability requirements of Chapter 2.