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Monday, 9 November 2015
Page: 8036


Senator BIRMINGHAM (South AustraliaMinister for Education and Training) (20:25): As I have made clear, the expectation is that students would register if they are more than six months overseas. If they are earning an income in excess of their repayment threshold—currently slightly more than $54,000—then they are expected to repay. That is just as, if they take a gap year and work within Australia during that gap year and earn more than $54,000, they are expected to make repayments. And that is just as, if they happen to be part-time students who work and earn more than $54,000, they are expected to make repayments.