Second Reading Speeches

Education Legislation Amendment (Tuition Protection and Other Measures) Bill 2019

Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business
Originating house
House of Representatives
Parliament no

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Part of a package of three bills to implement a tuition protection model for students participating in the VET Student Loans program and for higher education students accessing FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP assistance at a private education provider or TAFE, the bill amends the:

VET Student Loans Act 2016
Higher Education Support Act 2003
to: provide for the administration of each sector by a Tuition Protection Director with specific functions; provide for each sector to be supported by a separate Tuition Protection Fund Advisory Board; require non-exempt providers to contribute annual levies, commensurate with their size and risk; establish two special accounts (the VET Student Loans Tuition Protection Fund and the HELP Tuition Protection Fund); provide assistance to students who may complete their studies with another provider or may have their loan balance re-credited for units of study commenced but not completed due to the provider’s default; and impose certain obligations on default providers and replacement providers;
VET Student Loans Act 2016
to enable the secretary to refuse to revoke an approval on request if certain compliance action is being taken; and
Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000
to make consequential amendments.