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Higher Education Support Legislation Amendment (Student Loan Sustainability) Bill 2018


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

Summary

Amends the: Higher Education Support Act 2003 to: provide a new minimum repayment income of $44 999 for the compulsory repayment of Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) debts; replace the current repayment thresholds and introduce additional repayment thresholds; index HELP repayment thresholds to the consumer price index instead of average weekly earnings; and introduce, from 1 January 2019, a combined lifetime limit on the amount a student can borrow under HELP of $150 000 for students studying medicine, dentistry and veterinary science courses, and $104 440 for other students; Social Security Act 1991 and Student Assistance Act 1973 to align repayment thresholds for the Student Financial Supplement Scheme (SFSS) compulsory repayments with the HELP thresholds from the 2019-20 financial year; Social Security Act 1991, Student Assistance Act 1973 and Trade Support Loans Act 2014 to provide that, from the 2019-20 financial year, SFSS debts will be repaid after HELP debts are discharged rather than concurrently; and VET Student Loans Act 2016 to 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 14/02/18  
Second reading moved 14/02/18  
Second reading debate 26/03/18  
Second reading debate 27/03/18  
Second reading agreed to 27/03/18  
Consideration in detail debate 27/03/18 Amendment details: 16 Government agreed to
Third reading agreed to 27/03/18  
     
Senate
Introduced and read a first time 28/03/18  
Second reading moved 28/03/18  
Second reading debate 25/06/18  
Second reading debate 26/06/18  
Second reading debate 13/08/18  
Second reading agreed to 13/08/18  
Committee of the Whole debate 13/08/18 Amendment details: 12 Government and 2 Australian Conservatives agreed to
Third reading agreed to 13/08/18  
     
House of Representatives
Consideration of Senate message 14/08/18 Details: House agreed to Senate amendments
     
Finally passed both Houses 14/08/18  
Assent 24/08/18 Act no: 76 - Year: 2018
     

Text of bill

  • First reading

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  • Third reading

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  • As passed by both Houses

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Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum

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  • Correction to explanatory memorandum

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  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum

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  • Revised explanatory memorandum

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  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum

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Second reading speeches


Proposed amendments

House of Representatives
  • Government [sheet LC174]

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Senate
  • Australian Conservatives [sheet 8417]
BERNARDI, Sen Cory

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  • Australian Greens [sheet 8411]
HANSON-YOUNG, Sen Sarah

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  • Derryn Hinch's Justice Party [sheet 8410]
HINCH, Sen Derryn

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  • Government [sheet EK131]

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  • Liberal Democratic Party [sheet 8412]
LEYONHJELM, Sen David

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  • Pauline Hanson's One Nation [sheet 8409]
HANSON, Sen Pauline

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Schedules of amendments

  • Schedule of the amendments made by the Senate

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Notes
  • Referred to Committee (15/02/2018): Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee; Committee report (16/03/2018)
  • Considered by scrutiny committee (27/03/2018): Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights; Report 4 of 2018
  • An electronic version of this Act is available on the Federal Register of Legislation (www.legislation.gov.au)