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Higher Education Support Legislation Amendment (A More Sustainable, Responsive and Transparent Higher Education System) Bill 2017

Originating house
House of Representatives
Not Proceeding
Education and Training


Amends the: Higher Education Support Act 2003 to: increase the maximum student contributions by 1.8 per cent for four years from 2018; adjust the Commonwealth contribution amounts from 2018 to 2021 to reflect the increased student contribution amounts; apply an efficiency dividend of 2.5 per cent per annum to grants under the Commonwealth Grant Scheme (CGS) in 2018 and 2019; extend the medical student loading to include veterinary science and dentistry units of study from 2018; expand the demand driven funding system to include approved sub-bachelor courses at public universities from 2018; require enabling course students to pay a student contribution amount for any units of study with census dates on or after 1 January 2018; allocate enabling courses on a cyclical basis through a three-year tender process from 2019; introduce performance-contingent funding under the CGS; reduce the Higher Education Loan Program minimum repayment income to $41 999 and replace the current repayment thresholds with new ones, including additional repayment thresholds and rates; index repayment thresholds to the consumer price index rather than average weekly earnings; restructure the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program to include new student loading for students from low socioeconomic backgrounds, annual performance funding and grants for a National Priorities Pool; and make minor and technical amendments; Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 to make consequential amendments; and Higher Education Support Act 2003 and VET Student Loans Act 2016 to: extend access to student loans to most Australian permanent residents and most New Zealand citizens while removing their entitlement to a Commonwealth supported place from 1 January 2018; and preserve current eligibility arrangements for several cohorts.

Progress of bill

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House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 11/05/17  
Second reading moved 11/05/17  
Second reading debate 12/09/17  
Second reading debate 13/09/17  
Second reading agreed to 13/09/17  
Consideration in detail debate 13/09/17  
Third reading agreed to 13/09/17  
Introduced and read a first time 14/09/17  
Second reading moved 14/09/17  
Lapsed at end of Parliament 01/07/19  

Text of bill

  • First reading


Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum


Second reading speeches

Proposed amendments

House of Representatives
  • Non-Government


Schedules of amendments

Bills Digest

  • Referred to Committee (11/05/2017): Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee; Committee report (09/08/2017)
  • Considered by scrutiny committee (14/06/2017): Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights; Report 7 of 2017