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Wednesday, 2 December 2015
Page: 9553

Second Reading

Debate resumed on the motion:

That this bill be now read a second time.

to which the following amendment was moved:

At the end of the motion, add:

"but the Senate calls on the Government to:

(a) appoint a National VET Ombudsman who would have the power to investigate consumer complaints and order the refund of course fees where Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) have been found to ad unscrupulously, either to the student directly or the Government, whichever is applicable, resulting in the student discharging any related VET FEE-HELP debt;

(b) support the call for the Auditor-General to conduct an audit on the use of VET-FEE-HELP;

(c) amend the Higher Education Support Act 2003 to impose caps on tuition fee amount similar to the student contribution caps for HECS-HELP;

(d) reduce the lifetime loan limit for VET FEE-HELP to half the current amount;

(e) ban or directly regulate brokers or marketing agents; and

(f) provide the Department and Minister with the necessary statutory powers to suspend VET FEE-HELP payments to providers which are under investigation.".

The PRESIDENT: The question is that the second reading amendment be agreed to.

Question agreed.

The PRESIDENT: The question now is that the motion, as amended, be agreed to.

Question agreed.

Bill read a second time.