House of Representatives

Higher Education Legislation Amendment (2007 Measures No. 1) Bill 2007

Explanatory Memorandum

(Circulated by authority of the Minister for Education, Science and Training, the Honourable Julie Bishop MP)

Schedule 8 - Commonwealth support for cross-institutional study

Higher Education Support Act 2003

Item 1 - Paragraph 19-87(1)(b)

Section 19-87 deals with determining student contribution amounts for all places in units of study as part of the quality and accountability requirements placed on higher education providers.

Item 1 deletes and replaces paragraph 19-87(1)(b) which has the effect of providing that section 19-87 applies to a unit of study that a higher education provider provides or proposes to provide during a certain period determined by the Higher Education Provider Guidelines and in relation to which the provider may advise a person that he or she is Commonwealth supported.

This amendment is a technical amendment to support item 2 of Schedule 8 below.

Items 2, 3 and 4 - Paragraphs 36-10(1)(b), 36-22(1)(aa) and 79-1(1)(aa)

Section 36-10 deals with providing advice on whether a person is a Commonwealth supported student.

Section 36-22 deals with when providers are to repay amounts etc for units wholly consisting of work experience in industry (special circumstances).

Section 79-1 deals with the main case of re-crediting a person's Student Learning Entitlement.

Items 2, 3 and 4 amend paragraphs 36-10(1)(b), 36-22(1)(aa) and 79-1(1)(aa) respectively by deleting the words "the provider or, where the provider is a Table A provider, with another Table A provider", and replacing them with the words "that provider or another higher education provider".

The effect of item 2 is to allow a higher education provider to advise a student undertaking cross-institutional study that they are Commonwealth supported regardless of whether either of the home or host institutions is a non-Table A higher education provider.

The amendments at items 3 and 4 are technical amendments to support the amendment at item 2 of Schedule 8.

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