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Higher Education Support Amendment (VET FEE-HELP Reform) Bill 2015


Type
Government
Originating house
House of Representatives
Status
Act
Portfolio
Education and Training

Summary

Amends the Higher Education Support Act 2003 to: require VET FEE-HELP approved training providers to develop and apply appropriate student entry procedure requirements; require students under the age of 18 to seek their parent’s approval before requesting a VET FEE-HELP loan; broaden the circumstances in which a student can seek a re-credit of their VET FEE-HELP loan debt balance and remission of a debt; add to the eligibility criteria required for admitting new VET providers to the VET-FEE-HELP loan scheme; provide for an infringement notice scheme with a civil penalty regime for VET providers who engage in inappropriate marketing behaviours and administrative practices; extend the Commonwealth and national VET Regulator’s powers with respect to monitoring and investigation; and make consequential amendments.

Progress of bill

For committee reference information, please see the Notes section at the end of this page.

House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 15/10/15  
Second reading moved 15/10/15  
Second reading debate 09/11/15  
Second reading debate 11/11/15  
Second reading agreed to 11/11/15  
Consideration in detail debate 11/11/15  
Third reading agreed to 11/11/15  
     
Senate
Introduced and read a first time 12/11/15  
Second reading moved 12/11/15  
Second reading debate 01/12/15  
Second reading agreed to 02/12/15  
Committee of the Whole debate 02/12/15 Amendment details: 24 Government [2 as amended by 2 Independent (Lazarus)/Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party] agreed to
Requests details: 1 Government agreed to
     
House of Representatives
Consideration of Senate message 02/12/15 Details: House made Senate requested amendment
     
Senate
Third reading agreed to 03/12/15  
     
House of Representatives
Consideration of Senate message 03/12/15 Details: House agreed to Senate amendments
     
Finally passed both Houses 03/12/15  
Assent 11/12/15 Act no: 168 - Year: 2015
     

Text of bill

  • First reading

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  • As passed by both Houses

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Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum

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  • Regulation impact statement

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  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum

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Second reading speeches


Proposed amendments

House of Representatives
  • Non-Government
BIRD, Sharon, MP

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Senate
  • Government [sheet GZ155]

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  • Independent/Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party [sheet 7835]
LAZARUS, Sen Glenn
MUIR, Sen Ricky

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  • Opposition [sheet 7828]
CARR, Sen Kim

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  • Opposition [sheet 7800]
CARR, Sen Kim

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Schedules of amendments

  • Schedule of the request by the Senate for an amendment and the amendments made by the Senate

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  • Schedule of the amendments made by the Senate

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Notes
  • Referred to Committee (12/11/2015): Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee; Committee report (30/11/2015)
  • An electronic version of this Act is available on the Federal Register of Legislation (www.legislation.gov.au)