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Schools Assistance Bill 2008

Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
Originating house
House of Representatives
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Introduced with the Education Legislation Amendment Bill 2008, the bill provides financial assistance to the states and territories for non-government schools for 2009-2012 to: maintain the current socioeconomic status funding and indexation arrangements to ensure that total recurrent funding for schools will not fall below 2008 levels; provide recurrent funding for Indigenous Supplementary Assistance and an Indigenous Funding Guarantee; provide a remoteness loading; provide funding for capital grants; provide for establishment assistance grants in 2009; implement a school performance information and reporting framework; and require authorities and schools to implement the National Curriculum before the 2012 school year commences.


House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 24 Sep 2008
Third reading agreed to 21 Oct 2008
Introduced and read a first time 10 Nov 2008
Second reading moved 10 Nov 2008
Second reading debate 02 Dec 2008
Second reading agreed to 02 Dec 2008
Committee of the Whole debate
  • Amendment details: 4 Government, 4 Opposition and 1 Family First Party agreed to
02 Dec 2008
Third reading agreed to 02 Dec 2008
House of Representatives
Consideration of Senate message
  • Details: House agreed to Senate amendments nos 1 to 3 and 5 to 9 and disagreed to Senate amendment no. 4
03 Dec 2008
Consideration of House of Reps message
  • Details: Senate did not insist on its amendment no. 4
04 Dec 2008
Text of bill as passed both Houses 04 Dec 2008
  • Act no.: 153
  • Year: 2008
11 Dec 2008

Documents and transcripts

Text of bill

Explanatory memoranda

Proposed amendments

House of representatives


Schedules of amendments

Bills digest


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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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