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Higher Education Support Amendment (VET FEE-HELP and Other Measures) Bill 2011 [2012]

Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
Originating house
Parliament no

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Amends the Higher Education Support Act 2003 to: provide that the minister retains the power to decide an application for approval as a higher education provider although the required timeframe may have expired; require VET providers to notify the minister in writing of events which may affect their ability to comply with quality and accountability requirements; provide for the authorisation of certain uses and disclosures of information; allow the secretary to revoke or vary any determination made to pay an advance to a VET provider in certain circumstances; clarify that a VET provider must provide statistical and other information although an approved form of provision has not been specified; and make administrative arrangements relating to the assessment of an individual’s higher education loan program debt.


Introduced and read a first time 24 Nov 2011
Second reading moved 24 Nov 2011
Second reading debate 09 Feb 2012
Second reading agreed to 09 Feb 2012
Third reading agreed to 09 Feb 2012
House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 13 Feb 2012
Second reading moved 27 Feb 2012
Second reading debate 27 Feb 2012
Second reading agreed to 27 Feb 2012
Third reading agreed to 27 Feb 2012
Text of bill as passed both Houses 27 Feb 2012
  • Act no.: 6
  • Year: 2012
06 Mar 2012

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