Information about the inquiry

Information about the inquiry

On 7 December 2006, the provisions of the Australian Technical Colleges (Flexibility in Achieving Australia's Skills Needs) Amendment Bill (No.2) 2006 were referred to the Senate Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Committee for examination and report by 20 February 2007.

The purpose of the bill is to amend the Australian Technical Colleges (Flexibility in Achieving Australia’s Skills Needs) Act 2005 (the Act), which provides for the establishment and operation of Australian Technical Colleges (ATCs). The Act provides funding for the Colleges over the period 2005 to 2009.

 The bill will amend column 2 of the financial assistance table under subsection 18(4) of the Act. Funding will be increased for each year from 2006 until 2009. The need for increased funding reflects the success of the ATC programme.

The bill provides for an increase in the appropriation for each of the calendar years from 2006 to 2009. The total funding appropriated under the Act will be increased from $343.6 million to $456.2 million over the period 2005 to 2009 to support the establishment and operation of the colleges.

 The effect of the bill on the fiscal balance is as follows:

2006-07: - $27.848 million

2007-08: - $42.628 million

2008-09: - $32.647 million

2009-10: - $9.509 million

Submissions are due by 25th January 2007.

For further information, contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3521
Fax: +61 2 6277 5706