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Higher Education Support Amendment (Job-Ready Graduates and Supporting Regional and Remote Students) Bill 2020


Type
Government
Originating house
House of Representatives
Status
Act
Portfolio
Education, Skills and Employment

Summary

Amends the: Higher Education Support Act 2003 to: redesign the Commonwealth Grant Scheme (CGS) funding clusters and the Commonwealth contribution amounts (CCAs); provide that higher education providers continue to receive the same amount of CGS funding for 'grandfathered students' enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) where the current maximum student contributions amounts (SCAs) will apply for units those students enrol in after 1 January 2021; change the way grants are paid to higher education providers for CSPs; remove the broad exclusion of 'work experience in industry' units of study from CGS funding; change the maximum SCAs for a place in a unit of study to reflect the changes to funding clusters and CCAs; ensure that 'grandfathered students' do not have to pay the higher maximum SCA for a unit of study they enrol in after 1 January 2021 where the SCA for that unit would otherwise increase; provide legislative authority for the National Priorities and Industry Linkage Fund and allow for the transition arrangements required to implement the Indigenous, Regional and Low Socio-Economic Status Attainment Fund; introduce student protection and provider integrity requirements; reduce, for units of study with a census date on or after 1 January 2021, the loan fee for students obtaining a FEE-HELP loan for an undergraduate court of study at a non-Table B Provider from 25 per cent to 20 per cent; and make minor technical amendments; Higher Education Support Amendment (2009 Budget Measures) Act 2009 to remove saving arrangements for education and nursing students; Education Legislation Amendment (Provider Integrity and Other Measures) Act 2017 to extend quality and accountability requirements to all higher education providers (including universities); and Social Security Act 1991 to reduce from six to three the number of months a student living away from home must be receiving eligible student support payments before being eligible to receive Fare Allowance for a return journey home.

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 26/08/20  
Second reading moved 26/08/20  
Second reading debate 01/09/20  
Second reading agreed to 01/09/20  
Third reading moved 01/09/20  
Third reading debated 01/09/20  
Third reading agreed to 01/09/20  
     
Senate
Introduced and read a first time 02/09/20  
Second reading moved 02/09/20  
Second reading debate 06/10/20  
Second reading debate 07/10/20  
Second reading debate 08/10/20  
Second reading agreed to 08/10/20  
Bill agreed to, subject to requests 08/10/20 Amendments details: 10 Government agreed to
Requests details: 1 Government agreed to
     
House of Representatives
Consideration of Senate message 08/10/20 Details: House made Senate requested amendment
     
Senate
Third reading agreed to 08/10/20  
     
House of Representatives
Consideration of Senate message 19/10/20 Details: House agreed to Senate amendments
     
Finally passed both Houses 19/10/20  
Assent 27/10/20 Act no: 93 - Year: 2020
     

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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  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum relating to sheet RV130

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  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum relating to sheet RV133

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  • Addendum to explanatory memorandum

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Second reading speeches


Proposed amendments

Senate
  • Australian Greens [sheet 1033]
FARUQI, Sen Mehreen

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  • Government [sheet RV133]

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  • Government [sheet RV130]

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Schedules of amendments

  • Schedules of the request by the Senate for amendment and the amendments made by the Senate

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  • Schedule of the amendments made by the Senate

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  • Schedule of the amendment requested by the Senate and made by the House of Representatives

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Notes
  • Referred to Committee (03/09/2020): Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee; Committee report (25/09/2020)
  • Considered by scrutiny committee (24/09/2020): Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights; Report 11 of 2020
  • An electronic version of this Act is available on the Federal Register of Legislation (www.legislation.gov.au)