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Education Legislation Amendment (2019 Measures No. 1) Bill 2019

Originating house
House of Representatives
Passed Both Houses


Amends the: Higher Education Support Act 2003 to: increase the combined Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) loan limit to $152 700 for students undertaking eligible aviation courses with approved providers on or after 1 January 2020; enable the minister to determine the aviation courses for which the higher HELP loan limit will apply; reduce indexation on a person’s outstanding accumulated HELP debt while they are teaching in a school in a very remote location of Australia; and provide for all or part of a person’s HELP debt associated with their initial teacher education course to be remitted after they have undertaken an equivalent of four years’ full time work in a very remote location of Australia; and Higher Education Support Act 2003, Higher Education Support Legislation Amendment (Student Loan Sustainability) Act 2018 and VET Student Loans Act 2016 to allow the Department of Human Services restricted access to higher education data and VET student loans data in order to administer student benefits.

Progress of bill

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House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 16/10/19  
Second reading moved 16/10/19  
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  
Second reading debate 14/11/19  
Second reading agreed to 14/11/19  
Third reading agreed to 14/11/19  
Finally passed both Houses 14/11/19  

Text of bill

  • First reading

  • As passed by both Houses


Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum


Second reading speeches

Proposed amendments

No proposed amendments have been circulated.

Schedules of amendments

Bills Digest

  • Considered by scrutiny committee (13/11/2019): Senate Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Bills; Scrutiny Digest 8 of 2019