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

Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business
Originating house
House of Representatives
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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 and 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.


House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 18 Sep 2019
Second reading moved 18 Sep 2019
Second reading debate 23 Oct 2019
Second reading debate 24 Oct 2019
Second reading agreed to 24 Oct 2019
Third reading agreed to 24 Oct 2019
Introduced and read a first time 11 Nov 2019
Second reading moved 11 Nov 2019
Second reading debate 05 Dec 2019
Second reading agreed to 05 Dec 2019
Third reading agreed to 05 Dec 2019
Finally passed both Houses 05 Dec 2019
  • Act no: 111
  • Year: 2019
06 Dec 2019

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