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Education Legislation Amendment (2020 Measures No. 1) Bill 2020

Education, Skills and Employment
Originating house
House of Representatives
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Amends the: Higher Education Support Act 2003 to: require students commencing from 1 January 2021, and all students from 1 January 2023, to have a unique student identifier (USI) in order to be eligible for Commonwealth assistance; provide that a student's HELP balance is taken to be reduced immediately after the census date for HECS-HELP, FEE-HELP, VET FEE-HELP assistance, and immediately after the census day for vocational education and training (VET) student loans; provide undergraduate students seeking FEE HELP loans with an exemption from the requirement to pay the 25 per cent loan fee for units of study with census dates from 1 April to 30 September 2020; and make minor and technical amendments; and VET Student Loans Act 2016 to require that all applications for VET student loans made on or after 1 January 2021 must include the student's USI. Also validates certain HELP loans and VET student loans by enabling the secretary to determine certain students who, due to having more than one Commonwealth Higher Education Student Support Number, have exceeded the HELP loan limit, and allow these students to repay the resulting excess debt amounts through the taxation system.


House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 11 Jun 2020
Second reading moved 11 Jun 2020
Second reading debate 17 Jun 2020
Second reading agreed to 17 Jun 2020
Third reading agreed to 17 Jun 2020
Introduced and read a first time 18 Jun 2020
Second reading moved 18 Jun 2020
Second reading debate 18 Jun 2020
Second reading agreed to 18 Jun 2020
Third reading agreed to 18 Jun 2020
Finally passed both Houses 18 Jun 2020
  • Act no: 62
  • Year: 2020
19 Jun 2020

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Explanatory memoranda

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Schedules of amendments

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