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Preliminary Pages

Membership of the Committee

Chair

Ms Amanda Rishworth MP

 

Deputy Chair

Mr Rowan Ramsey MP

 

Members

Mrs Karen Andrews MP

Mr Mike Symon MP

 

Mrs Yvette D’Ath MP

Mr Alan Tudge MP

 

Ms Deborah O’Neill MP

Committee Secretariat

Secretary

Dr Glenn Worthington

Research Officer

Dr Becky Walker

Office Manager

Mr Daniel Miletic

Administrative Officer Ms Tarran Snape

Terms of reference

On 21 October 2010, the Higher Education Legislation Amendment (Student Services and Amenities) Bill 2010 was referred to the Committee. For a copy of the Explanatory Memorandum and Bill see Appendix B.

List of abbreviations

ACUMA   

Australian Campus Union Managers Association

ATN   

Australian Technology Network of Universities

ANU   

Australian National University

AUS Australian University Sport
CAPA Council of Postgraduates Australia
DEEWR Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
FEE-HELP Higher Education Loan for Tuition Fees
HECS-HELP Higher Education Loan for Student Contribution
HEP    Higher Education Provider
NTEU   National Tertiary Education Union
SA-HELP Higher Education Loan for Student Amenities
SCU Southern Cross University

List of recommendations

The Higher Education Legislation Amendment (Student Services and Amenities) Bill 2010

Recommendation 1

The Committee reiterates the finding of the 2009 Senate Standing Committee on Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Inquiry into Higher Education Legislation Amendment (Student Services and Amenities and Other Measures) Bill 2009 and recommends that the Minister encourages that charges to international students be itemised, so that the potential for duplication of charges to international students be minimised.

Recommendation 2

That the Minister release the Student Services, Amenities, Representation and Advocacy Guidelines as soon as possible to assist universities to prepare for the implementation of the legislation, should it be passed.

Recommendation 3

That the Minister consider incorporating the loan into the existing FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP loan scheme, rather than as a separate SA-HELP.

Recommendation 4

That the Minister consider allowing higher education institutions a period of grace in implementing compliance measures outlined under the proposed Student Services, Representation and Amenities Guidelines to allow time to consult with their students or to establish new services or procedures.

Recommendation 5

That the Minister consider allowing higher education institutions to use a portion of the revenue collected from fees to support the start-up costs of administrative and information technology services to administer the new program.

Recommendation 6

That the House of Representatives pass the Higher Education Amendment Legislation Amendment (Student Services and Amenities) Bill 2010.

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