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House of Representatives

Higher Education Support Amendment (Indexation) Bill 2010

Explanatory Memorandum

Circulated By Authority of the Minister for Education, the Honourable Julia Gillard MP


The purpose of the Bill is to provide for an amendment to section 198-20 of the Higher Education Support Act 2003 ( HESA) to specify the revised indexation arrangements under Part 5-6 of the Act.

Revised indexation arrangements under Part 5-6 of HESA resulted from the Australian Government's acceptance of recommendations arising from the Review of Australian Higher Education (the final report of the Review was released in December 2008) and involves replacing the Safety Net Adjustment wage price index with the Professional, Scientific and Technical Services wage price index published by the Australian Statistician.

This amendment provides the higher education sector with details of the revised indexation formula and its components and will provide greater clarity on indexation arrangements under Part 5-6 of HESA.

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