Higher Education Support Act 2003

Chapter 3 - Assistance to students  

PART 3-2 - HECS-HELP ASSISTANCE  

Division 90 - Who is entitled to HECS-HELP assistance?  

SECTION 90-5   Citizenship or residency requirements  

90-5(1)  
A student meets the citizenship or residency requirements under this section in relation to a unit of study if the student is:

(a)  an Australian citizen; or

(b)  

a *permanent humanitarian visa holder, or an *eligible former permanent humanitarian visa holder, who will be resident in Australia for the duration of the unit.

90-5(2)  
In determining, for the purpose of paragraph (1)(b) , whether the student will be resident in Australia for the duration of the unit, disregard any period of residence outside Australia that:

(a)  cannot reasonably be regarded as indicating an intention to reside outside Australia for the duration of that unit; or

(b)  is required for the purpose of completing a requirement of that unit.

90-5(2A)  


A student also meets the citizenship or residency requirements under this section in relation to a unit of study if the student:

(a)  is a New Zealand citizen; and

(b)  holds a special category visa under the Migration Act 1958 ; and

(c)  both:


(i) first began to be usually resident in Australia at least 10 years before the day referred to in subsection (2B) (the test day ); and

(ii) was a *dependent child when he or she first began to be usually resident in Australia; and

(d)  has been in Australia for a period of, or for periods totalling, 8 years during the 10 years immediately before the test day; and

(e)  has been in Australia for a period of, or for periods totalling, 18 months during the 2 years immediately before the test day.

90-5(2B)  


For the purposes of subsection (2A) , the day is the earlier of:

(a)  if the student has previously made a successful *request for Commonwealth assistance under this Chapter for a unit that formed part of the same *course of study - the day the student first made such a request; or

(b)  otherwise - the day the student made the request for Commonwealth assistance in relation to the unit.

90-5(3)  


Despite subsections (1) , (2) and (2A) , a student does not meet the citizenship or residency requirements in relation to a unit of study if the provider reasonably expects that the student will not undertake in Australia any units of study contributing to the *course of study of which the unit forms a part.



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