Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014

Type
Government
Portfolio
Education
Originating house
House of Representatives
Status
Not Proceeding
Parliament no
44
Summary
Amends the:
Higher Education Support Act 2003
to: provide demand-driven funding to diploma, advanced diploma and associate degree courses and extend government subsidies to bachelor and sub-bachelor courses at private universities and non-university higher education providers; remove the maximum student contribution amounts; remove the maximum student contribution amounts that providers can charge students in Commonwealth supported places; merge the FEE-HELP and HECS-HELP loan schemes, including the removal of the FEE-HELP loan fee and lifetime limits, HECS-HELP upfront discount and HELP voluntary repayment bonus; establish a Commonwealth Scholarship Scheme to support disadvantaged students; replace the CPI indexation of HELP loans with the 10 year government bond rate; lower the minimum repayment threshold for HELP debts; enable providers to charge Research Training Scheme students capped tuition fees; remove the lifetime limits on VET FEE-HELP loans and the VET FEE-HELP loan fee; replace the Higher Education Grants Index with the CPI; update the name of the University of Ballarat to Federation University Australia; enable certain New Zealand citizens to be eligible for HELP assistance;
Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011
to provide that the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency may determine when fees may be refunded, and disclose certain information;
Higher Education Support Act 2003
and
Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
to discontinue the HECS-HELP benefit;
Australian National University Act 1991
,
Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000
,
Income Tax Assessment Act 1936
and
Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
to make consequential amendments; and
Australian Research Council Act 2001
to enable additional investment in research through the Future Fellowships Scheme, apply indexation, apply a one-off efficiency dividend, and add an additional forward estimate amount. Also: amends the Commonwealth Grants Scheme Guidelines 2012 and Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2012; and repeals the Higher Education (Designated Courses of Study) Specification 2011 and a determination made under subsection 169-20(1) of the
Higher Education Support Act 2003
[FRLI No. F2007B01092].

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House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 28 Aug 2014
Second reading moved 28 Aug 2014
Second reading debate 02 Sep 2014
Second reading debate 03 Sep 2014
Second reading debate 04 Sep 2014
Second reading agreed to 04 Sep 2014
Consideration in detail debate 04 Sep 2014
Third reading agreed to 04 Sep 2014
Senate
Introduced and read a first time 04 Sep 2014
Second reading moved 04 Sep 2014
Second reading debate 29 Oct 2014
Second reading debate 27 Nov 2014
Second reading debate 01 Dec 2014
Second reading debate 02 Dec 2014
Second reading negatived 02 Dec 2014

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Text of bill

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  • Third reading: Prepared if the bill is amended by the house in which it was introduced. This version of the bill is then considered by the second house.
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Explanatory memoranda

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  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains amendments proposed by the government to the bill.
  • Revised explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains the amended version (third reading) of the bill. It supersedes the explanatory memorandum.

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Schedules of amendments

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