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Higher Education and Research Reform Bill 2014

2013-2014

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

Higher Education and Research Reform Bill 2014

 

No.      , 2014

 

(Education)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to amend legislation relating to higher education and research, and for other purposes

   

   



Contents

1............ Short title............................................................................................. 1

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 1

3............ Schedules............................................................................................ 2

Schedule 1—Deregulation, expansion of demand driven system and other measures     3

Part 1—Main amendments                                                                                          3

Higher Education Support Act 2003                                                                        3

Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011                           38

Part 2—Application, saving and transitional provisions                             40

Division 1—Introduction                                                                                           40

Division 2—Preserving certain funding arrangements                                         40

Division 3—Other application, saving and transitional provisions                    44

Part 3—Consequential amendments                                                                     49

Australian National University Act 1991                                                              49

Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000                                           49

Income Tax Assessment Act 1936                                                                             50

Income Tax Assessment Act 1997                                                                             50

Part 4—Amendments of Guidelines                                                                    51

Commonwealth Grant Scheme Guidelines 2012                                                  51

Other Grants Guidelines (Education) 2012                                                          55

Part 5—Repeals of instruments                                                                               57

Higher Education (Designated Courses of Study) Specification 2011           57

Schedule 2—New Commonwealth Scholarship Scheme                               58

Higher Education Support Act 2003                                                                      58

Schedule 3—Indexation of HELP debts                                                                 61

Higher Education Support Act 2003                                                                      61

Schedule 4—Minimum repayment income for HELP debts                      63

Higher Education Support Act 2003                                                                      63

Schedule 5—Research funding and research students                                  65

Part 1—Research funding                                                                                          65

Australian Research Council Act 2001                                                                  65

Part 2—Research students                                                                                         66

Higher Education Support Act 2003                                                                      66

Part 3—Repeals of instruments                                                                               68

Determination made on 13 August 2004 under subsection 169-20(1) of the Higher Education Support Act 2003 (Federal Register of Legislative Instruments No. F2007B01092)                    68

Part 4—Amendments of Guidelines                                                                    69

Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2012                                                             69

Schedule 6—VET FEE-HELP loan fees and limits                                         71

Part 1—Main amendments                                                                                        71

Higher Education Support Act 2003                                                                      71

Part 2—Application, saving and transitional provisions                             76

Schedule 7—HECS-HELP benefit                                                                             77

Higher Education Support Act 2003                                                                      77

Income Tax Assessment Act 1997                                                                             79

Schedule 8—Indexation of amounts                                                                          81

Higher Education Support Act 2003                                                                      81

Schedule 9—University name change                                                                       83

Higher Education Support Act 2003                                                                      83

Schedule 9A—Higher Education Participation Programmes                    84

Other Grants Guidelines (Education) 2012                                                          84

Schedule 10—New Zealand citizens                                                                           90

Higher Education Support Act 2003                                                                      90

 



A Bill for an Act to amend legislation relating to higher education and research, and for other purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1   Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the Higher Education and Research Reform Act 2014 .

2   Commencement

             (1)  Each provision of this Act specified in column 1 of the table commences, or is taken to have commenced, in accordance with column 2 of the table. Any other statement in column 2 has effect according to its terms.

 

Commencement information

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Provisions

Commencement

Date/Details

1.  Sections 1 to 3 and anything in this Act not elsewhere covered by this table

The day this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

2.  Schedules 1 to 3

1 January 2016.

1 January 2016

3.  Schedule 4

1 July 2016.

1 July 2016

4.  Schedule 5, Part 1

The day after this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

5.  Schedule 5, Parts 2 to 4

1 January 2016.

1 January 2016

6.  Schedule 6

1 January 2016.

1 January 2016

7.  Schedule 7

1 July 2015.

1 July 2015

8.  Schedule 8

1 January 2016.

1 January 2016

9.  Schedule 9

The day after this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

10.  Schedules 9A and 10

1 January 2015.

1 January 2015

Note:          This table relates only to the provisions of this Act as originally enacted. It will not be amended to deal with any later amendments of this Act.

             (2)  Any information in column 3 of the table is not part of this Act. Information may be inserted in this column, or information in it may be edited, in any published version of this Act.

3   Schedules

                   Legislation that is specified in a Schedule to this Act is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this Act has effect according to its terms.