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Schools Assistance (Learning Together—Achievement Through Choice and Opportunity) Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2006

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2004-2005-2006

 

 

 

 

THE PARLIAMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

 

 

 

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCHOOLS ASSISTANCE (LEARNING TOGETHER - ACHIEVEMENT THROUGH CHOICE AND OPPORTUNITY) AMENDMENT BILL (NO. 2) 2006

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Circulated by authority of the Minister for Education, Science and Training,

the Honourable Julie Bishop MP)

 

 



SCHOOLS ASSISTANCE (LEARNING TOGETHER - ACHIEVEMENT THROUGH CHOICE AND OPPORTUNITY) AMENDMENT

BILL (NO. 2) 2006

 

 

OUTLINE

 

The purpose of the Bill is to amend the Schools Assistance (Learning Together - Achievement Through Choice and Opportunity) Act 2004 (the Act), which provides funding for Australian Government programmes of financial assistance to the States and Territories for government and non-government schools for the 2005 to 2008 quadrennium.

 

The Bill amend Schedules 3 and 5 to the Act to insert maximum capital grant funding amounts for government and non-government schools for the years 2009, 2010 and 2011.  Schedules 3 and 5 currently set out maximum funding amounts for the capital grants programme for government and non-government schools, for the years 2005 to 2008.  This amendment is foreshadowed in the Act in note 2 to Schedules 3 and 5, which states “amounts for 2009, 2010 and 2011 will be inserted by later amending Acts.”  The Bill will permit approval of capital grant funding amounts for the programme years 2009-2011, in keeping with programme administrative arrangements.  Amounts for programme years beyond 2008 need to be inserted in the Act as capital grants for schools are approved up to three years in advance of the current calendar year.

 

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPACT

 

The amendment to Schedules 3 and 5 to insert capital grant funding amounts for government and non-government schools for the years 2009 to 2011 provides for funding for these years of $747 million for government schools and $259 million for non-government schools. 

 

Funding amounts are in initial 2005 prices, the price basis of funding amounts in the Act.  These amounts will be adjusted for price movements, as prescribed in the Act.

 

The financial impact is nil as funding is included in the forward estimates.

 



 

SCHOOLS ASSISTANCE (LEARNING TOGETHER - ACHIEVEMENT THROUGH CHOICE AND OPPORTUNITY) AMENDMENT

BILL (NO. 2) 2006

 

 

NOTES ON CLAUSES

 

 

Clause 1 - Short title

 

Provides for the Act to be cited as the Schools Assistance (Learning Together - Achievement Through Choice and Opportunity) Amendment Act (No. 2) 2006 .

 

 

Clause 2 - Commencement

 

Provides for the Act to commence on the day on which it receives Royal Assent.

 

 

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 — Amendments

 

 

Schools Assistance (Learning Together - Achievement Through Choice and Opportunity) Act 2004

 

 

Items 1, 2 and 3 - Schedule 3 (cell at table items 5, 6 and 7, column 2)

 

Schedule 3 deals with capital grants for government schools and sets out maximum amounts that may be paid for capital and capital infrastructure (Investing in Our Schools Programme) grants.

 

Items 1, 2 and 3 amend table items 5, 6 and 7 respectively in column 2 of the table in Schedule 3 to insert amounts for program years 2009, 2010 and 2011.  Table item 5 in column 2 becomes $249,000,000, table item 6 in column 2 becomes $249,000,000 and table item 7 in column 2 becomes $249,000,000.

 

 

Items 4, 5 and 6 - Schedule 5 (cell at table items 5, 6 and 7, column 2)

 

Schedule 5 deals with capital grants for non-government schools and sets out maximum amounts that may be paid for capital and capital infrastructure (Investing in Our Schools Programme) grants.

 

Items 4, 5 and 6 amend table items 5, 6 and 7 respectively in column 2 of the table in Schedule 5 to insert amounts for program years 2009, 2010 and 2011.  Table item 5 in column 2 becomes $86,173,000, table item 6 in column 2 becomes $86,173,000 and table item 7 in column 2 becomes $86,173,000.