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  • Maths, science, education and nursing (including midwifery) graduates

    The following instructions will help you complete an application for HECS-HELP benefit if you're a graduate in:

    • maths
    • science
    • education
    • nursing (including midwifery).

    This benefit is not a cash payment and has a maximum annual benefit amount which will reduce your compulsory HELP repayment.

    You may be eligible to apply for multiple benefits, for example, the additional benefit as an early childhood education teacher.

    Example: Multiple benefits

    Kimberley completed a double undergraduate degree of Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Education at the end of 2015. She worked full time as a teacher for 20 weeks in the 2016–17 income year. Kimberley’s accumulated HELP debt is $28,000. Her repayment income for 2016–17 is $61,000 and her compulsory repayment is $2,440.00.

    Kimberley is eligible for the HECS-HELP benefit as an education graduate and as a science graduate.

    Kimberley applies for both benefits for the same employment period with the same payer (employer).

    Maths or science graduate:

    $1,825.46

    divided by

    52

    20

    =

    $702.10

    Education graduate:

    $1,825.46

    divided by

    52

     x

    20

    =

    $702.10

    Kimberley’s compulsory HELP repayment is reduced by $1,404.20 (a total of $702.10 as a maths or science graduate, and $702.10 as an education graduate).

    End of example

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    Section B: Course details

    If you are eligible to apply for more than one type of benefit (for example, you meet the eligibility requirements as a maths or science graduate and as an education graduate), provide additional course details (covering questions 6–8) on a separate sheet of paper and include it with the form. Include your full name and TFN on each sheet of paper.

    If you are an education graduate who is also eligible as an early childhood education teacher, you may apply for the benefit as an early childhood education teacher.

    6. Your course name

    Provide the name of your course of study as shown on your academic transcript or testamur.

    If you are a maths or science graduate and you are unsure whether your course is classified as a natural or physical sciences course of study, check on StudyAssist or with your university.

    An education course is a course of study that leads to a qualification recognised by a state or territory in Australia as meeting the requirements for initial registration or employment as a teacher in:

    • primary school
    • middle or intermediate school
    • secondary school
    • early childhood education.

    A nursing or midwifery course is a course of study that leads to a qualification recognised by a state or territory in Australia as meeting the requirements for initial registration as a registered nurse or midwife.

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    7. The date you completed your course

    If you are a maths or science graduate, the date you completed your course of study must be after 30 June 2008.

    If you are an education or nursing (including midwifery) graduate, the date you completed your course of study must be after 30 June 2009.

    If you completed your course before the relevant dates above, you are not eligible for the benefit.

    The date of completion is the date you satisfied the academic requirements for your course. This date can be found on your academic transcript or testamur, which you can obtain from the higher education provider where you completed your course of study.

    Example 1: Benefit eligibility after course completion

    Jon commenced work in an eligible occupation in July 2016, but did not graduate from an eligible course of study until 31 December 2016. Although Jon has worked for the entire income year, he will only be eligible for the benefit for the weeks he has worked after 1 January 2017.

    End of example

    8. The place where you completed your course

    Record the name of the higher education provider where you completed your course of study – for example, La Trobe University. Your academic transcript or testamur was issued by this higher education provider to confirm that you completed your course.

    Section C: Occupation details

    If you have more than one occupation or payer (employer), provide details (covering questions 9–11) on a separate sheet of paper and include it with the form. Make sure you include your full name and TFN on each sheet of paper.

    9. Your occupation

    The links below provide the names and descriptions of eligible occupations for mathematics, science or education graduates. If your occupation is not listed in the linked table, you are not eligible for that benefit.

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    An eligible occupation for a nursing/midwifery graduate requires registration as a registered nurse/midwife or an enrolled nurse (referred to as a Division 2 nurse in Victoria) recognised by the relevant nursing and midwifery authority.

    10. Your payer’s registered business or trading name

    Provide your payer’s (employer's) registered business or trading name which is shown on your pay as you go (PAYG) payment summary – for example, 'XYZ secondary school'. If you have more than one payer, list each payer on a separate sheet of paper and include it with the form.

    11. Your payer’s contact details

    Provide your payer’s (employer's) name and contact details, including their daytime phone number. This could be your human resources manager, your payroll officer, or the area that organises your pay. If you have more than one payer, list the contact details for each payer on a separate sheet of paper and include it with the form.

    12. Income year you are applying for

    This refers to the income year 1 July–30 June for which you are eligible and applying for the benefit. If you are applying for more than one income year, complete a separate application for each year.

    13. Number of weeks employed in your occupation after completing your course

    Did you work the full 52 weeks of the income year (1 July–30 June)?

    If you were employed in Australia for at least 15 hours per week for the full income year, including any period of paid or unpaid leave, record '52' in the box provided.

    Did you work for only part of the income year (1 July–30 June)?

    If you were employed in Australia for part of the income year, count the number of weeks you worked from the date you started to the date you finished. Include any period of paid or unpaid leave.

    Formula for calculating part-year calculation

    Maximum HECS-HELP benefit amount for the income year

    divided by

    52

    x

    Number of weeks in the income year that you were employed

     

    Examples: Calculating your benefit for part-year employment

    1. Jon started work as a physicist on 9 March 2017, and worked until 26 June 2017. Jon counted the number of weeks from his start date until the end of the income year and calculated that he can claim 16 weeks.

    Jon's benefit for the 2016–17 income year is $1,825.46 divided by 52 x 16 = $561.68.

    2: Jenny started work as a midwife on 8 September 2016, and finished in the same income year on 15 May 2017. Jenny counted the weeks between her start and finish dates and calculated that she can claim 36 weeks.

    Jenny's benefit for the 2016–17 income year is $1,825.46 divided by 52 x 36 = $1,263.78.

    End of example

    You can only apply for the period in the income year (1 July–30 June) after the date you completed your course. For example, if you completed your course on 30 September 2016, you can only claim the weeks you worked after 30 September 2016, until the end of that income year (30 June 2017).

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    Section D: Declaration

    Once you have completed this application, read and sign the declaration. By signing the declaration you are stating you have provided accurate and complete information.

    Penalties may be imposed for giving false or misleading information.

    Last modified: 29 Jun 2018QC 27233