Information about the inquiry

Information about the inquiry

The Senate has referred this bill to the Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Legislation Committee for report by 5 October 2005. The bill amends the Student Assistance Act 1973 and the Social Security Act 1991 to make it clear that a student cannot apply for assistance under the Student Financial Supplement Scheme under either act, after this bill is commenced. The Scheme has been closed as a consequence of increasing levels of bad or doubtful debt and reduced take-up of loans. The bill also aligns repayment thresholds and indexation under the Scheme with the HELP program under the Higher Education Support Act. The committee will consider and report on the merits of this bill.

 The committee invites submissions from interested parties and are due by 23 September 2005.

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