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Wednesday, 18 September 2019
Page: 3364


Mr IRONS (SwanAssistant Minister for Vocational Education, Training and Apprenticeships) (10:40): I move:

That this bill be now read a second time.

Finally, I am also introducing the Higher Education Support (HELP Tuition Protection Levy) Bill 2019, which forms the final piece of this government's package to protect students, the taxpayer and the training and higher education sectors in the event of a provider closure.

The levy framework reflected in this bill was also developed by the Australian Government Actuary, drawing on the experience of the successful Tuition Protection Service for international students. The levies will apply to private and TAFE higher education providers offering HELP loans.

This bill will equally ensure the sustainability of the new model for the government, further enhance the already strong reputation of the higher education sector and benefit those providers who assist displaced students.

I commend the bill.

Debate adjourned.