Student Assistance Amendment Bill 2003

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Bills Digest No. 28   2003-04

Student Assistance Amendment Bill 2003

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Passage History
Main Provisions
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Passage History

Student Assistance Amendment Bill 2003

Date Introduced: 26 June 2003

House: House of Representatives

Portfolio: Family and Community Services

Commencement: On Royal Assent



To close the Student Financial Supplement Scheme in respect of ABSTUDY students from 1 January 2004.

To amend provisions relating to regulation making powers.


The Student Financial Supplement Scheme (SFSS) was introduced in 1993 so that Austudy and Abstudy students could gain access to more financial support than those payments offered, in the form of a loan.

A more detailed treatment of the loan scheme and the view of it taken by the political parties and other interest groups is provided in the digest for the Family and Community Services (Closure of Student Financial Supplement Scheme) Bill 2003. That Bill closes the scheme for Youth Allowance, Austudy payment and Pensioner Education Supplement recipients.

Main Provisions

Item 3 of Schedule 1 inserts new Division 1A into Part 4A of the Student Assistance Act 1973. Proposed section 12AA of the new Division closes the SFSS to applicants from 1 January 2004. Items 1-2 and 4-5 make amendments consequential to this closure.

Item 1 of Schedule 2 inserts proposed subsection 48(2) into the Student Assistance Act 1973. It has the effect of broadening the regulation making power under the Act.

Contact Officer and Copyright Details

Dale Daniels
10 September 2003
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