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Education Legislation Amendment (2020 Measures No. 1) Bill 2020

Originating house
House of Representatives
Education, Skills and Employment


Amends the: Higher Education Support Act 2003 to: require students commencing from 1 January 2021, and all students from 1 January 2023, to have a unique student identifier (USI) in order to be eligible for Commonwealth assistance; provide that a student's HELP balance is taken to be reduced immediately after the census date for HECS-HELP, FEE-HELP, VET FEE-HELP assistance, and immediately after the census day for vocational education and training (VET) student loans; provide undergraduate students seeking FEE HELP loans with an exemption from the requirement to pay the 25 per cent loan fee for units of study with census dates from 1 April to 30 September 2020; and make minor and technical amendments; and VET Student Loans Act 2016 to require that all applications for VET student loans made on or after 1 January 2021 must include the student's USI. Also validates certain HELP loans and VET student loans by enabling the secretary to determine certain students who, due to having more than one Commonwealth Higher Education Student Support Number, have exceeded the HELP loan limit, and allow these students to repay the resulting excess debt amounts through the taxation system.

Progress of bill

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House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 11/06/20  
Second reading moved 11/06/20  
Second reading debate 17/06/20  
Second reading agreed to 17/06/20  
Third reading agreed to 17/06/20  
Introduced and read a first time 18/06/20  
Second reading moved 18/06/20  
Second reading debate 18/06/20  
Second reading agreed to 18/06/20  
Third reading agreed to 18/06/20  
Finally passed both Houses 18/06/20  
Assent 19/06/20 Act no: 62 - Year: 2020

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 (01/07/2020): Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights; Report 10 of 2020
  • An electronic version of this Act is available on the Federal Register of Legislation (www.legislation.gov.au)