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  • Date
    01 Jun 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Education and Training 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000
    to: enable the minister to specify additional matters which may be taken into consideration for the fit and proper person requirements for registration purposes; expand the scope of events that a provider must report to education services for overseas students agencies; extend information sharing provisions; and enable a 30-day payment period for late payment penalties;
    Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011
    to: enable the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) to take additional matters into account in its regulatory decision-making; introduce a requirement that providers must be fit and proper persons; expand the scope of matters about which providers must notify TEQSA; enable TEQSA to delegate its functions or powers to the Chief Executive Officer; require the accreditation of certain diplomas and certificates; and increase financial viability and transparency requirements; and
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    to: prohibit unscrupulous marketing practices and barriers to withdrawal from study; define a ‘genuine student’ for the purposes of reporting and claiming FEE-HELP liabilities; enable the minister to vary conditions of approval for providers and determinations relating to advance payments in certain circumstances; provide for civil penalties in cases of non-compliance; subject the Act to monitoring under the
    Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) Act 2014
    ; provide for more stringent provider application requirements; and increase financial viability and transparency requirements. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 May 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Education and Training 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Australian Education Act 2013
    to: retain the Schooling Resource Standard (SRC); provide that government schools receive 20 per cent and non-government schools receive 80 per cent of the Commonwealth share of the SRS; ensure that all schools transition to their relevant share of the SRS by 2027; provide for transition adjustment funding; update the per-student base funding amounts for 2018; allow for the indexation of base amounts to be tied to an indexation rate; change the calculation of the ‘student with disability’ loading; require the minister to determine each non-government school’s socio-economic status score for the purpose of its capacity to contribute percentage; reduce the benefit afforded to non-government primary schools under capacity to contribute calculations; and make technical amendments in relation to the number of students at a school, school education information, reviewable decisions, former approved authorities and the making of regulations; and
    Australian Education Act 2013
    and
    Australian Education (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Act 2013
    to: update the preamble and objects of the Act; stipulate certain conditions of financial assistance on the states and territories; require the states and territories to maintain their 2017 per-student funding levels as a condition of Commonwealth funding; stipulate certain ongoing policy requirements for approved authorities for non-government schools; remove the distinction between participating and non-participating schools; remove certain requirement for approved authorities; and include additional annual reporting requirements in relation to Commonwealth funding. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    30 Mar 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Education and Training 
    Summary
    Introduced with the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Amendment (Annual Registration Charge) Bill 2017, the bill amends the
    National Vocational Education and Training Regulator (Charges) Act 2012
    to: impose a National VET regulator (NVR) annual registration charge as a tax; and validate annual registration fees collected by the Australian Skills and Quality Authority from NVR registered training organisations and certain providers registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students before 1 July 2017. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    30 Mar 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Education and Training 
    Summary
    Introduced with the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator (Charges) Amendment (Annual Registration Charge) Bill 2017, the bill amends the:
    National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011
    to clarify that National VET Regulator (NVR) registered training organisations and certain providers registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students are liable to pay the NVR annual registration charge; and
    National Vocational Education and Training Regulator (Transitional Provisions) Act 2011
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Feb 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Education and Training 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Ombudsman Act 1976
    to: establish the office of the VET Student Loans Ombudsman; prescribe the functions of the Ombudsman and the manner in which he or she is able to perform those functions; allow for the Ombudsman to receive and investigate complaints, investigate complaints on his or her own initiative and refer complaints to other bodies; require the Ombudsman to report to VET student loan scheme providers in certain circumstances; require the minister to table reports about VET loan scheme providers in the Parliament if requested to do so by the Ombudsman; require the Ombudsman to provide annual and certain other reports to the minister; enable the Ombudsman to provide evidence to a VET student loan provider principal executive officer that a VET student loan officer of the provider has engaged in misconduct;
    VET Student Loans Act 2016
    to: allow the minster to specify, by legislative instrument, that the Ombudsman is an external dispute resolution scheme for the purposes of the Act; and provide that all approved course providers are deemed to be members of the Ombudsman if it is specified as an external dispute resolution scheme by the minister; and
    Australian Research Council Act 2001
    to: update indexation against appropriation funding caps for existing legislated amounts; and include an additional forward estimate amount for the financial year starting on 1 July 2019. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Oct 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Education and Training 
    Summary
    Part of a package of three bills to replace the VET FEE-HELP loan scheme with a student loans program, the bill imposes an annual charge on approved course providers. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Oct 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Education and Training 
    Summary
    Part of a package of three bills to replace the VET FEE-HELP loan scheme with a student loans program, the bill amends the
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    to: close down access to VET FEE-HELP assistance to new VET providers from 5 October 2016; close down access to VET FEE-HELP assistance to new students for units from 1 January 2017; and enable existing and active students enrolled with VET providers to continue to access VET FEE-HELP assistance for units that start before 1 January 2018; and the
    Higher Education Support Act 2003
    ,
    National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011
    and
    Student Identifiers Act 2014
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Oct 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Education and Training 
    Summary
    Part of a package of three bills to replace the VET FEE-HELP loan scheme with a student loans program, the bill: provides that student loans are approved only for eligible students for approved courses; limits course eligibility for loans through a courses and loan caps determination; imposes stronger eligibility requirements for qualification as an approved course provider; bans providers from using brokers or agents to interact or engage with students in relation to the loans; and provides for monitoring and investigations powers and enforcement powers such as civil penalties, infringement notices, enforceable undertakings and injunctions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    01 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Education and Training 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Family Payments Structural Reform and Participation Measures) Bill 2016, the bill amends the:
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999
    and
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999
    to: cease the child care benefit (CCB) and child care rebate; introduce a child care subsidy (CCS) which is subject to both an income and activity test; introduce various rates of additional child care subsidy (ACCS) that are available in certain circumstances; and make amendments in relation to CCS and ACCS claims, reviews of decisions, provider approvals, and compliance obligations of approved providers of child care services;
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999
    to provide that the current vaccination and immunisation details and schedules may be applied, adopted or incorporated in a minister’s determination;
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999
    in relation to: circumstances in which applications for approval of a child care service are taken not to have been made; backdating of CCB service approvals; reassessments of child care service conditions of continued approval; and cessation of enrolment advances;
    A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999
    in relation to goods and services tax treatment of new child care funding programs; and
    A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999
    ,
    Early Years Quality Fund Special Account Act 2013
    ,
    Fringe Benefits Tax Assessment Act 1986
    and
    Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
    to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    31 May 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Employment 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Safe Work Australia Act 2008
    to: implement recommendations of the
    Review of Safe Work Australia’s Role and Functions
    by clarifying Safe Work Australia’s role and the relationships between its role and function, and updating and consolidating its functions; replace certain outdated terms; and clarify that work health and safety (WHS) ministers will continue to approve the model WHS legislative framework and other key documents. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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