Schools Assistance (Learning Together—Achievement Through Choice and Opportunity) Bill 2004

Education, Science and Training 
Originating house
House of Representatives 
Parliament no
Provides financial assistance to the States and Territories for government and non-government schools for 2005-2008 by providing for: integration of Catholic system schools in the socioeconomic status (SES) funding model for non-government schools; a funding guarantee to independent non-government schools that would otherwise be disadvantaged from updating the SES scores for 2005-2008; additional funding for the Capital Grants Program for constructions and refurbishments in non-government schools in isolated locations in the Northern Territory; establishment of the Literacy, Numeracy and Special Learning Needs Program for disadvantaged students; additional funding for capital infrastructure for schools; funding for non-government rural student hostels; and extension of the national testing and Statements of Learning to include information and communications technology. Also contains transitional provisions and a regulation-making power. 

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House of Representatives
17 Nov 2004Introduced and read a first time
17 Nov 2004Second reading moved
01 Dec 2004Second reading agreed to
01 Dec 2004Third reading agreed to
02 Dec 2004Introduced and read a first time
02 Dec 2004Second reading moved
06 Dec 2004Second reading amendment agreed to

Details: 1 Opposition agreed to
06 Dec 2004Second reading agreed to
06 Dec 2004Committee of the Whole debate

Amendment details: 9 Opposition and 4 Australian Democrats agreed to
06 Dec 2004Third reading agreed to
House of Representatives
07 Dec 2004Consideration of Senate message

Details: House disagreed to Senate amendments
07 Dec 2004Consideration of House of Reps message

Details: Senate did not insist on its amendments

13 Dec 2004Assent

Act no.: 135

Year: 2004

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