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Education Legislation Amendment (Tuition Protection and Other Measures) Bill 2019

Originating house
House of Representatives
Before Senate
Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business


Part of a package of three bills to implement a tuition protection model for students participating in the VET Student Loans program and for higher education students accessing FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP assistance at a private education provider or TAFE, the bill amends the: VET Student Loans Act 2016 and Higher Education Support Act 2003 to: provide for the administration of each sector by a Tuition Protection Director with specific functions; provide for each sector to be supported by a separate Tuition Protection Fund Advisory Board; require non-exempt providers to contribute annual levies, commensurate with their size and risk; establish two special accounts (the VET Student Loans Tuition Protection Fund and the HELP Tuition Protection Fund); provide assistance to students who may complete their studies with another provider or may have their loan balance re-credited for units of study commenced but not completed due to the provider’s default; and impose certain obligations on default providers and replacement providers; VET Student Loans Act 2016 to enable the secretary to refuse to revoke an approval on request if certain compliance action is being taken; and Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 to make consequential amendments.

Progress of bill

For committee reference information, please see the Notes section at the end of this page.

House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 18/09/19  
Second reading moved 18/09/19  
Second reading debate 23/10/19  
Second reading debate 24/10/19  
Second reading agreed to 24/10/19  
Third reading agreed to 24/10/19  
Introduced and read a first time 11/11/19  
Second reading moved 11/11/19  

Text of bill

  • First reading


Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum


Second reading speeches

Proposed amendments

No proposed amendments have been circulated.

Schedules of amendments

Bills Digest

  • Referred to Committee (17/10/2019): Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee; Report due 22/11/2019
  • Considered by scrutiny committee (17/10/2019): Senate Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Bills; Scrutiny Digest 8 of 2019