Higher Education Support Legislation Amendment (Student Loan Sustainability) Bill 2018

Type
Government
Portfolio
Education and Training
Originating house
House of Representatives
Status
Passed Both Houses
Parliament no
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Summary

Amends the: Higher Education Support Act 2003 to: provide a new minimum repayment income of $44 999 for the compulsory repayment of Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) debts; replace the current repayment thresholds and introduce additional repayment thresholds; index HELP repayment thresholds to the consumer price index instead of average weekly earnings; and introduce, from 1 January 2019, a combined lifetime limit on the amount a student can borrow under HELP of $150 000 for students studying medicine, dentistry and veterinary science courses, and $104 440 for other students; Social Security Act 1991 and Student Assistance Act 1973 to align repayment thresholds for the Student Financial Supplement Scheme (SFSS) compulsory repayments with the HELP thresholds from the 2019-20 financial year; Social Security Act 1991, Student Assistance Act 1973 and Trade Support Loans Act 2014 to provide that, from the 2019-20 financial year, SFSS debts will be repaid after HELP debts are discharged rather than concurrently; and VET Student Loans Act 2016 to make consequential amendments.

Progress

House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 14 Feb 2018
Second reading moved 14 Feb 2018
Second reading debate 26 Mar 2018
Second reading debate 27 Mar 2018
Second reading agreed to 27 Mar 2018
Consideration in detail debate
  • Amendment details: 16 Government agreed to
27 Mar 2018
Third reading agreed to 27 Mar 2018
Senate
Introduced and read a first time 28 Mar 2018
Second reading moved 28 Mar 2018
Second reading debate 25 Jun 2018
Second reading debate 26 Jun 2018
Second reading debate 13 Aug 2018
Second reading agreed to 13 Aug 2018
Committee of the Whole debate
  • Amendment details: 12 Government and 2 Australian Conservatives agreed to
13 Aug 2018
Third reading agreed to 13 Aug 2018
House of Representatives
Consideration of Senate message
  • Details: House agreed to Senate amendments
14 Aug 2018
Finally passed both Houses 14 Aug 2018

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Text of bill

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  • 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.
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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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