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

Type
Government
Portfolio
Education, Skills and Employment
Originating house
House of Representatives
Status
Passed Both Houses
Parliament no
46

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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

House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 26 Aug 2020
Second reading moved 26 Aug 2020
Second reading debate 01 Sep 2020
Second reading agreed to 01 Sep 2020
Third reading moved 01 Sep 2020
Third reading debated 01 Sep 2020
Third reading agreed to 01 Sep 2020
Senate
Introduced and read a first time 02 Sep 2020
Second reading moved 02 Sep 2020
Second reading debate 06 Oct 2020
Second reading debate 07 Oct 2020
Second reading debate 08 Oct 2020
Second reading agreed to 08 Oct 2020
Bill agreed to, subject to requests
  • : Amendments details: 10 Government agreed to
  • : Requests details: 1 Government agreed to
08 Oct 2020
House of Representatives
Consideration of Senate message
  • Details: House made Senate requested amendment
08 Oct 2020
Senate
Third reading agreed to 08 Oct 2020
House of Representatives
Consideration of Senate message
  • Details: House agreed to Senate amendments
19 Oct 2020
Finally passed both Houses 19 Oct 2020

Documents and transcripts

Text of bill

Explanatory memoranda

Proposed amendments

Senate

Schedules of amendments

Bills digest

Notes

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Text of bill

  • First reading: Text of the bill as introduced into the Parliament
  • 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.
  • As passed by both houses: Final text of bill agreed to by both the House of Representatives and the Senate which is presented to the Governor-General for assent.

Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and provides an explanation of the content of the introduced version (first reading) of the bill.
  • 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.

Proposed amendments

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Schedules of amendments

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