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Schools Assistance Bill 2008

Part 1 Preliminary

   

1   Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the Schools Assistance Act 2008 .

2   Commencement

                   This Act commences on 1 January 2009.

3   Simplified outline of Act

             (1)  This section is a simplified outline of this Act.

             (2)  Financial assistance may be paid to a State for, or in connection with, non-government schools (or approved school systems) in the State for the following:

                     (a)  recurrent expenditure (see Part 4);

                     (b)  capital expenditure (see Part 5);

                     (c)  targeted expenditure (see Part 6).

             (3)  Financial assistance may be paid for the 2009 to 2012 program years.

             (4)  Financial assistance for a non-government school, or another non-government body, may only be paid if there is a funding agreement with the relevant authority of the school or body that sets out the requirements that must, under this Act, be included in the agreement.

Note:          See Divisions 2 and 3 of Part 3.

             (5)  If a non-government school, or another non-government body, breaches a funding agreement, the Minister may (under the agreement) require the school or body to repay an amount to the Commonwealth. The Minister may also reduce or delay the amount of other payments for the school or body under this Act.

Note:          See section 27.

             (6)  If a State fails to pass on an amount of financial assistance to a non-government school, or another non-government body, for which financial assistance is granted under this Act, the Minister may require the State to repay an amount to the Commonwealth.

Note:          See Division 4 of Part 3.