Australian Government, 2010‑11 Budget
Budget

Part 2: Expense Measures (Continued)

Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Action Plan

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - - - - -

The Government will provide $15.4 million over four years to support the implementation of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Action Plan 2010‑2014. The Action Plan will set out an agreed national approach to meeting the Closing the Gap targets through initiatives that aim to strengthen the education outcomes of Indigenous students. The education targets are set out in the Council of Australian Government's National Education Agreement, National Indigenous Reform Agreement, National Partnership of Early Childhood Education and National Partnership on Indigenous Early Childhood Development.

The cost of this measure will be met from existing resourcing within the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority programs — consolidation

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - - - - -

The Government will consolidate the three existing programs that provide funding for the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) into one program. Creating a single program is consistent with ACARA's role as a statutory authority and will streamline the administrative and reporting requirements associated with managing ACARA funding. It will also facilitate greater transparency regarding the Government's funding contributions to ACARA in future.

Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

Australian Learning and Teaching Council — reduction in funding

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - - -5.9 -6.1 -6.4

The Government will reduce the funding for the Australian Learning and Teaching Council once the new national regulator, Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA), is established.

The Government's agenda in teaching and learning will be complemented through the establishment of new performance funding and the establishment of TEQSA which form part of the Government's response to the Review of Australian Higher Education and were announced in the 2009‑10 Budget. The Australian Learning and Teaching Council will also continue to support the improvement of teaching and learning quality.

This measure will provide savings of $18.4 million over three years from 2011‑12, which will be redirected to support other Government priorities.

Boys Education National Initiative — abolition

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations -0.6 -1.3 -1.4 -1.7 -1.0

The Government will no longer separately fund the Boys Education National Initiative which was announced in 2003 as a number of programs deliver similar initiatives for teaching boys, including the National Partnership Agreement on Improving Teacher Quality.

This measure will provide savings of $5.9 million over five years from 1 January 2010.

Budget Base Funded Child Care Services — improved standards

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 10.9 17.5 18.2 12.9

The Government will provide $59.4 million over four years to improve the existing infrastructure of budget base funded (BBF) long day care centres and increase the qualifications of staff in all BBF child care services. Ongoing funding for maintenance of qualifications and infrastructure will also be provided.

BBF child care services operate in areas where the child care market is unable to provide places, largely in rural, remote and Indigenous communities. They are reliant on Australian Government funding for their operations. This measure will provide for substantial improvement in workforce qualifications, particularly in remote areas through a variety of delivery methods, and will build the governance and administrative capacity of BBF services. Opportunities to better integrate early childhood, preschool, schools and other services will be considered and taken forward as part of the BBF work program.

The investment will improve infrastructure and staff qualifications in the services that support some of our most vulnerable and disadvantaged children and assist them in meeting key aspects of the new National Quality Agenda for early childhood education and care.

Building the Education Revolution — Implementation Taskforce

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 9.4 3.8 - -
Department of the Treasury - -9.4 -3.8 - -
Total - - - - -

The Government will redirect $13.2 million over two years to establish a Building the Education Revolution (BER) Implementation Taskforce to investigate the administration and operation of the BER program and the value‑for‑money of individual school infrastructure projects.

Funds will be redirected out of the BER administrative funding provided to the States (and Block Grant Authorities), on a proportionate basis per investigation, to the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations who will provide Secretariat support to the taskforce.

The work of the taskforce will involve receiving, investigating and responding to complaints regarding all aspects of the BER. The taskforce will report publicly on its investigations and will offer the Government recommendations for changes to policy, contracts or projects required to ensure the objectives of the BER are realised in a cost‑effective manner.

Further information can be found in the press release of 12 April 2010 issued by the Deputy Prime Minister.

Centre for International Finance and Regulation — establishment

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 5.1 9.0 8.0 2.0

The Government will provide $24.1 million over four years for the establishment of a Centre for International Finance and Regulation to deliver education and training for financial regulators from Australia and the Asia Pacific region and provide opportunities for research into developments in the global financial sector and into best practice financial regulation.

The Centre for International Finance and Regulation will have a regional engagement, innovation and regulatory focus. It will also seek to enhance understanding of global financial markets, their interconnectedness, and their influence on national economies. Scholarships will be available at the undergraduate and postgraduate level.

The Centre will be established at a host university or consortium of universities selected through a competitive tender process and the host will be expected to make a contribution towards the costs of establishing the Centre.

Child Care Rebate — return the annual cap of $7,500 and pause indexation

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Centrelink 0.4 0.4 - - -
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - -6.1 -13.9 -25.1 -42.0
Total 0.4 -5.7 -13.9 -25.1 -42.0

The Government will cap the annual Child Care Rebate (CCR) to the 2008‑09 level of $7,500 per child from the current annual cap of $7,778 per child and pause the indexation of the cap for four years from 1 July 2010. Reducing the cap will not alter the percentage of out‑of‑pocket expenses reimbursed by the Commonwealth, which will remain at 50 per cent up to the annual cap.

Currently, the maximum amount of CCR that can be claimed per child is indexed each financial year. The combination of the return of the annual cap to $7,500 per child and pause in indexation will provide savings of $86.3 million over four years.

Child Care Services Support program — streamlining administration

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - -7.6 -7.7 -7.8 -7.9

The Government has identified administrative efficiencies in the Child Care Services Support program that will deliver savings of $31.1 million over four years. The administration of the Inclusion Support Subsidy (ISS) will move from the existing multiple provider model to a single national provider. The rationalisation of the management is intended to deliver consistent processes and improve the management of the ISS program, including tighter controls on the payment of claims.

This will streamline and enhance the management of the program without impacting on service delivery as well as providing a nationally consistent approach to program implementation.

Clean Sustainable Skills package — Green Skills Agreement — implementation

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 1.8 2.2 1.2 0.1

The Government will provide $5.3 million over four years to implement the National Green Skills Agreement, announced by the Government on 30 July 2009 as part of its Clean Sustainable Skills package.

The aim of the Green Skills Agreement is to ensure that Australia's Vocational Education and Training system is positioned to support the structural shift to a sustainable, low carbon economy.

Under the National Green Skills Agreement, the Government will provide:

  • $2.3 million for Industry Skills Councils to revise and rewrite training packages;
  • $2.5 million to state and territory Technical and Further Education providers to implement and evaluate a pilot for up‑skilling Vocational Education and Training instructors and teachers in green skills;
  • $0.05 million for the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations to review training packages; and
  • $0.4 million to develop and implement a strategy to re‑skill vulnerable workers.

Further information can be found in the press release of 30 July 2009 issued by the Prime Minister.

See also the related savings measure titled Skills for the Carbon Challenge — Skills for Sustainability Incentive Pilot — discontinuation.

Disability Employment Services — assistance to job seekers with an intellectual disability

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 3.7 3.7 - -

The Government will provide $7.4 million to fund a two‑year trial of a 70 per cent loading on selected service fees, on placement fees and on outcome fees available to Disability Employment Services providers. These loadings will be available to providers who help job seekers with moderate intellectual disability, enabling the delivery of additional support and resources to help those job seekers prepare for and secure sustainable work of more than 15 hours per week.

Disability Employment Services — information technology

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Finance and Deregulation 0.4 0.1 - - -
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations -0.4 -0.1 - - -
Total - - - - -
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - - - - -

The Government will provide $26.2 million over four years from 2009‑10 to fully implement information technology arrangements to support the delivery of the new Disability Employment Services announced in the 2009‑10 Budget.

As part of the measure, the Government is committing $0.4 million over two years to fund a Gateway Review of the implementation. The Gateway Review process provides quality assurance during the implementation of major government projects to ensure the intended outcomes of the projects are achieved.

The cost of this measure will be met from within the existing resourcing of the Department of the Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

Disability Employment Services — streamlined access to employment assistance

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 0.2 0.2 - -

The Government will provide funding of $0.5 million over two years to pilot new arrangements for certain young people with a disability to access Disability Employment Services. Young people with a disability who access state government transition‑to‑work programs before entering Disability Employment Services, or who access specialist employment assistance within 12 months of leaving school, will no longer be required to undergo a Job Capacity Assessment before entering Disability Employment Services. This proposal will streamline arrangements for young people with a disability to transition from school to employment assistance.

Drought assistance — Assistance for Isolated Children Scheme — extension

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 7.2 2.0 - -
Centrelink - 0.5 - - -
Total - 7.7 2.0 - -

The Government will provide $9.7 million over two years to extend the Distance Education Allowance Supplement of $1,084 per annum per student until 30 June 2011, the Additional Boarding Allowance of $1,000 per annum per student and the consequential ABSTUDY Boarders' rate for School Fees Allowance until 31 December 2011.

The extension of these measures, which are specifically targeted at geographically isolated families, will help ensure that current levels of financial assistance are maintained for rural families who may be experiencing financial hardship as a result of living in drought‑affected areas.

Enhanced scrutiny of the financial viability of the largest long day care providers — new framework

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 0.7 - - -

The Government will provide $0.7 million in 2010‑11 to develop a framework for the assessment of the financial viability for all long day care (LDC) providers with more than 25 child care centres. Scrutinising the financial viability of the largest child care providers will help provide advance warning of risks to continuity of care posed by providers facing financial difficulties.

The framework will identify benchmarks for assessing the financial viability of such LDC providers. The Minister will consult with industry prior to considering the introduction of the framework.

Fair Work system — trade union education foundation grant

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations 10.0 - - - -

The Government will provide a one‑off grant of $10.0 million to the Trade Union Education Foundation in 2009‑10 for the development and delivery of national workplace education programs. The Foundation is a non‑profit education trust administered by a Board comprised of employer and union representatives.

The programs will enable employee representatives to increase their understanding and knowledge of the Fair Work workplace relations system, including developing and maintaining cooperative workplace relations at the enterprise level, practices and procedures for the resolution of workplace grievances and disputes, and collective bargaining.

Further information can be found in the press release of 8 January 2010 issued by the Minister for Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

Family Day Care Start Up Payment — cessation

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - -3.6 -3.7 -3.7 -3.8

The Government will cease providing the Family Day Care (FDC) Start Up Payment ($1,500 per eligible service) and the Remote Area FDC Start Up Payment ($5,000 per eligible service) from 1 July 2010. These payments have not been successful in encouraging potential carers to establish FDC services as ongoing businesses.

This measure will provide savings of $14.8 million over four years.

Graduate Skills Assessment — cessation of funding

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - -0.5 -0.6 -0.6 -0.7

The Government will cease funding for the Graduate Skills Assessment program from 30 June 2010. This program was announced in the 2003‑04 Budget. This measure will provide savings of $2.4 million over four years, which will be redirected to support other Government priorities.

The MyUniversity website will incorporate this program.

Indigenous public sector employment strategy for non‑Australian Public Service agencies

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 1.6 - - -

The Government will provide $1.6 million in 2010‑11 for initiatives to increase Indigenous employment across Commonwealth agencies that are not part of the Australian Public Service (APS). There are approximately 90 non‑APS agencies, including Australia Post and the Australian Federal Police.

Under this measure, each participating agency's recruitment and retention strategies will be assessed and recommendations made on how to attract and retain Indigenous staff.

Insulation workers adjustment package

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - - - - -

The Government will provide $41.2 million over two years from 2009‑10 to assist insulation workers and firms who have been affected by the cancellation of the Energy Efficient Homes program.

The measure includes the reallocation of $11.5 million from the existing Local Jobs stream of the Jobs Fund program to offset:

  • $10 million for an Insulation Workers Adjustment Fund to assist insulation firms to retain their workforce and offer training activities to insulation workers; and
  • $1.5 million for up to 25 dedicated Insulation Employment Coordinators to support displaced insulation workers to find alternative jobs with other employers.

The measure also includes $29.7 million for 7,000 training places for people who worked in the insulation industry, funded from within the Productivity Places Program and other existing training programs.

Further information can be found in the press release of 24 February 2010 issued by the Prime Minister.

Job Capacity Account — one‑off reduction

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - - -8.0 - -

The Government will reduce the funds available in the Job Capacity Account from $25.0 million to $17.0 million for one year in 2011‑12. Through the Job Capacity Account, Job Capacity Assessors can refer job seekers to services that will assist them to become job ready.

These services will continue to be available to job seekers through the Employment Pathway Fund. This assistance includes counselling, rehabilitation services and purchasing work uniforms and safety equipment.

This measure will provide savings of $8.0 million in 2011‑12 for redirection to other Government priorities.

Job Capacity Assessment — more efficient and accurate assessments for Disability Support Pension and employment services

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Centrelink - 8.3 82.7 86.4 91.2
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - 0.3 -20.5 -197.9 -348.4
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - -14.4 -119.3 -29.9 68.0
Total - -5.7 -57.1 -141.4 -189.2
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 3.9 0.7 0.5 0.6
Centrelink - 3.2 1.1 - -
Total - 7.1 1.9 0.5 0.6

The Government will improve assessments for disadvantaged job seekers and Disability Support Pension claimants who are currently required to undergo a Job Capacity Assessment to ensure that appropriate employment and income support are provided. Job Capacity Assessments will be refined to have a greater focus on a person's potential to work with appropriate capacity building and rehabilitation.

From 1 July 2010, job seekers who seek a temporary exemption from participation requirements due to a medical condition will no longer require a Job Capacity Assessment. Exemption determinations will be made by Centrelink staff.

From 1 July 2011, job seekers who need to have their work capacity assessed will undergo a revised and more efficient assessment of their need for employment services, which will be conducted by an allied health professional.

Job Capacity Assessments will continue to be used to determine an individual's eligibility for the Disability Support Pension where required under existing arrangements. From 1 January 2012, Disability Support Pension claimants without sufficient evidence of a future work capacity of less than 15 hours per week may be referred to an alternative income support payment and offered employment assistance through Job Services Australia or Disability Employment Services. These services will assist in developing the skills of job seekers or building evidence of their future work capacity for subsequent claims which may be made at any time.

This measure will provide savings of $383.4 million over four years.

Job Ready program — onshore international graduates in trade occupations — new skills assessment

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 25.9 23.1 25.3 17.8
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 27.2 23.7 25.8 15.5

The Government will provide $92.0 million over four years to establish the Job Ready program, which will provide new arrangements for assessing the job readiness of onshore applicants for permanent residency under the General Skilled Migration program. The new arrangements apply from 1 January 2010.

The Job Ready program will better equip international graduates who have recently obtained Australian qualifications in one of 170 skilled occupations to enter and participate in the Australian labour force.

Under previous arrangements, onshore General Skilled Migration applicants with Australian qualifications were required to perform 900 hours work experience to be eligible to apply for permanent residency. The Job Ready program provides a new four‑step assessment process including:

  • an initial assessment of eligibility for the Job Ready program;
  • a minimum of 12 months employment in an occupation consistent with their training, including verification of the employment arrangement by Trades Recognition Australia;
  • an interim assessment of their performance by a Trades Recognition Australia approved assessor; and
  • confirmation of satisfactory completion of all stages by Trades Recognition Australia.

Under cost recovery arrangements applicants will pay up to $4,150 to be assessed, including up to $1,200 for training in workplace culture and English.

Jobs and Training Compact — savings from Jobs Fund

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations -22.8 -25.8 - - -

The Government will reduce funding from the Jobs Fund over two years from 2009‑10.

In light of revised growth forecasts for the national economy, the need for funding in the Local Jobs and the Get Communities Working streams has diminished. This measure will provide savings of $48.6 million over two years.

The Jobs Fund was established to support jobs and skills development through projects that build community infrastructure and social capital in local communities affected by the global financial crisis. As part of the 2009‑10 Budget the Government allocated funding of $650.0 million under the Jobs Fund: $500.0 million for the Local Jobs and the Get Communities Working streams, and $150.0 million for Infrastructure Employment Projects.

Loan to GoodStart for purchase of ABC Learning Centres

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - - - - -

The Government has provided a loan of $15.0 million to GoodStart to assist in its purchase of 678 ABC Learning child care centres. The loan is expected to be repaid in full over a seven‑year period. An interest rate sufficient to cover the Australian Government's cost of borrowing and administrative costs is being charged.

GoodStart has been established by four non‑profit organisations: Social Ventures Australia; Mission Australia; the Brotherhood of St Laurence; and the Benevolent Society. This loan is a one‑off arrangement reflecting the unique circumstances surrounding the unprecedented collapse of ABC Learning and its impact on thousands of Australian families.

National Quality Agenda for Early Childhood Education and Care — Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority — establishment

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - - 3.0 5.9 6.1

The Government will provide $15.0 million over three years to establish the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA). ACECQA will oversee the implementation and management of the new National Quality Agenda (NQA) for Early Childhood Education and Care, as agreed at the December 2009 Council of Australian Governments meeting. Total funding for ACECQA, including contributions from the States and Territories, will be $29.4 million over three years.

ACECQA will commence on 1 January 2012 and will be jointly governed by Commonwealth and State and Territory governments and will replace the existing National Childcare Accreditation Council and the Accreditation Decision Review Committee.

ACECQA will have responsibility for advising the Ministerial Council for Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs on the National Quality Framework and for implementing the NQA, ensuring that the new quality standards and rating levels that form the core of the NQA are uniformly applied and enforced, and maintaining a national database of assessments and ratings. ACECQA will also be responsible for education and research related to the NQA.

Further information can be found in the press release of 7 December 2009 jointly issued by the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister for Early Childhood Education, Childcare and Youth.

See also the related measure titled National Quality Agenda for Early Childhood Education and Care — National Childcare Accreditation Council and Accreditation Decision Review Committee — cessation.

National Quality Agenda for Early Childhood Education and Care — National Childcare Accreditation Council and Accreditation Decision Review Committee — cessation

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - - -11.3 -22.8 -23.2

The Government will cease funding the National Childcare Accreditation Council (NCAC) and the Accreditation Decision Review Committee (ADRC) from 1 January 2012. The NCAC and ADRC will be replaced by the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority, to be jointly governed between the Commonwealth, States and Territories, that will guide implementation and management of the National Quality Agenda for Early Childhood Education and Care.

The NCAC and ADRC will continue to function in their usual capacity with full funding up until 1 January 2012, at which point the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority is expected to be fully operational.

This measure will redirect funding of $57.3 million over three years, previously allocated to the NCAC and ADRC, towards the cost of establishing the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority and assistance to States and Territories.

See also related measure titled National Quality Agenda for Early Childhood Education and Care — Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority — establishment.

National Quality Agenda for Early Childhood Education and Care — National Partnership implementation

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 9.1 19.7 37.7 64.0

The Government will provide $130.4 million over four years to help support parents with the introduction of new national standards in child care. The new minimum standards will improve child‑to‑carer ratios and staff qualifications in early childhood education and care services as set out in the National Partnership for the National Quality Agenda for Early Childhood Education and Care.

The introduction of new national standards, which include improving child care ratios, will lead to increased Government assistance through the Child Care Rebate.

The National Partnership aims to deliver an integrated and unified national system for early childhood education and care and Outside School Hours Care (OSHC), which is jointly governed, drives continuous improvement in the quality of services, and improves educational and developmental outcomes for children attending early childhood education and care and OSHC services.

The new minimum standards will be introduced through a new National Quality Standard and Ratings Framework as agreed by the Council of Australian Governments.

The implementation of the National Partnership will be reviewed in 2014.

National Quality Agenda for Early Childhood Education and Care — National Partnership transition support

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of the Treasury - 7.7 13.1 21.3 19.1
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - -0.5 6.2 - -
Total - 7.2 19.3 21.3 19.1

The Government will provide $66.9 million over four years to assist the transition of the States and Territories, the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority, service providers, families and the broader community to the new National Quality Framework for childhood education and care.

As part of the National Partnership for the National Quality Agenda for Early Childhood Education and Care, funding of $61.2 million over four years will be provided to the States and Territories to assist with their transition costs, such as communications, staff costs, and proportional assistance for jurisdictions with very remote services. This funding will also assist States and Territories with the cost of transitioning to new national regulatory arrangements identified in the National Partnership.

Funding of $7.8 million over two years will also assist with the transition from the current National Childcare Accreditation Council and the Accreditation Decision Review Committee to the new Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority. It will also provide assistance to transition and inform service providers, families, and the broader community of the new unified national system of regulation for ensuring quality in early childhood education and care.

This funding will be partially offset, with $2.2 million in 2010‑11 to be sourced from the 2008‑09 Budget measure titled Education Revolution — Early Childhood — Strong Quality Standards in Child Care to assist the States and Territories to transition.

Further information can be found in the press release of 7 December 2009 jointly issued by the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister for Early Childhood Education, Childcare and Youth.

National School Chaplaincy program — extension

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations 0.1 47.0 3.5 - -

The Government will provide $50.6 million over three years to extend the National School Chaplaincy program for all participating schools until December 2011.

The National School Chaplaincy program aims to support school communities that wish to access the services of a school chaplain or secular pastoral care worker. It provides grants of up to $20,000 a year to both government and non‑government eligible schools to establish new, or enhance existing, chaplaincy services. School communities will also be expected to contribute funding and support for chaplaincy programs at their school.

The extension of the program will ensure that those schools funded under the National School Chaplaincy program will be able to continue to provide support in the provision of student wellbeing services. During 2010, the Government will examine options for future support beyond 2011 through a consultation process.

National workplace relations system for the private sector — implementation

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman 10.9 21.4 19.9 20.3 -
Fair Work Australia 2.1 3.1 3.2 3.4 -
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations 0.2 0.4 0.4 0.4 -
Total 13.3 24.9 23.5 24.1 -

The Government will provide $85.7 million over four years for the implementation of a national workplace relations system for the private sector. All States except Western Australia referred their workplace relations power to the Commonwealth in relation to the private sector on 1 January 2010. This measure will reduce compliance costs and the level of administrative complexity for employers and employees.

The measure includes $72.5 million over four years to the Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman for education and compliance activities, and the delivery of a Shared Industry Assistance project. The Shared Industry Assistance project constitutes a grants program whereby employer or industry organisations will be able to apply for grants of up to $104,000 to develop guidance material in partnership with the Fair Work Ombudsman. Grants will be targeted at small businesses in industries identified as requiring specific assistance with particular modern awards.

An additional $11.8 million over four years will be provided to Fair Work Australia for additional Fair Work Commissioners and other members and $1.4 million over four years to the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations for the management and administration of the national system.

Neighbourhood Model Occasional Care — cease funding assistance provided to State and Territory Governments

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - -3.1 -3.1 -3.2 -3.2

The Government will cease funding assistance provided to State and Territory governments to support Neighbourhood Model Occasional Care (NMOC). This measure will produce savings of $12.6 million over four years. Current NMOC funding is not tied to service delivery and services are not subject to quality controls, standards or learning outcomes.

This measure will help ensure that child care funding is consistent with the Government's early childhood quality agenda. Eligible families and child care centres will continue to receive the Child Care Rebate and the Child Care Benefit.

Occupational Health and Safety Regulation — additional funding

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations 0.9 1.5 0.9 0.5 0.5
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations 1.2 1.0 1.0 1.0 0.4

The Government will provide $4.4 million over five years to increase Comcare's ability to enforce breaches of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1991 (the Act). Comcare will be able to initiate additional proceedings to prosecute possible breaches and better manage proceedings initiated by others concerning its administration of the Act.

The revenue impact of the measure relates to expected penalties awarded by the court against an entity that has breached the Act. As a result of the increased enforcement activities under this measure, the Australian Government expects increased revenue of an estimated $4.7 million over five years.

Productive Ageing Package

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations .. 10.0 12.0 11.3 9.9

The Government will provide funding of $43.2 million over five years to help mature age Australians remain engaged in the labour market. Increasing the labour market participation of mature aged workers will be an important contributor to the future of Australia's economic growth and prosperity and will help mitigate the effects of an ageing population outlined in the 2010 Intergenerational Report.

The measure includes initiatives to support mature age workers in select industries and locations to retrain and move to a new career, or to undertake appropriate training to transition to a supervisory or training role. A consultative forum will be established to provide advice to the Government on initiatives that could lead to the higher participation of mature age workers in employment.

Further information on the Productive Ageing Package measure can be found in the press release of 1 February 2010 issued by the Treasurer and the Minister for Employment Participation, and on the Government's Jobwise website (www.jobwise.gov.au).

School Enrolment and Attendance Trial — continuation

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Centrelink - 2.4 - - -
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 0.8 0.2 - -
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - 0.1 - - -
Total - 3.2 0.2 - -

The Government will provide $3.4 million for a one‑year extension of the School Enrolment and Attendance Trial announced in the 2008‑09 Budget. This measure will extend the duration of the trial in existing locations in the Northern Territory and Queensland to 30 June 2011. The aim of the trial is to increase the level of school enrolment and school attendance.

Under the trial, parents receiving Australian Government income support payments, and who have children of compulsory school age, are required to take steps to ensure their children attend school. Where parents do not take such steps, their income support payment may be suspended for up to 13 weeks. Income support payments will be reinstated with full back‑pay if parents meet the requirements under this measure within the 13‑week period. Other benefits, such as Family Tax Benefit, will remain available to parents during any period of suspension of income support payments.

Skills for Sustainable Growth — A Training System for the Future — A National Entitlement to a Quality Training Place

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 40.1 40.3 42.1 37.0
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 21.7 22.8 29.9 31.4

The Government will seek State and Territory governments to undertake ambitious reforms of their vocational education and training (VET) systems. The measure will help training systems to become more responsive to the skills needs of students, businesses and the wider economy.

The form of training system improvements will vary between jurisdications and will be subject to negotiation between the Commonwealth and States and Territories. However, reforms must be significant in nature and include a training entitlement for all young people under 25 years and others wishing to up or reskill and a commitment to improving quality and transparency. States may wish to propose other reforms to improve the performance of their training systems.

In return, the Commonwealth will provide reform jurisdications with:

  • access to income‑contingent loans for all publicly funded VET students studying at the Diploma level and above;
  • extended access to the VET Fee Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) for all VET students studying through private providers at the Diploma level and above; and
  • the option to cash out funding available from 2011‑12 for training under the National Partnership stream of the Productivity Places Program (PPP) providing States and Territories with greater flexibility in the allocation of funding. The National Partnership Agreement provides for joint Commonwealth and State and Territory government funding.

The Commonwealth would seek a partial contribution from the States and Territories for the cost of new VET loan arrangements.

Skills for Sustainable Growth — A Training System for the Future — MySkills website

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 2.2 0.7 0.6 0.6

The Government will provide $4.1 million over four years to establish and maintain a website, MySkills, to provide information to users of the vocational education and training system.

The measure will support skills development through the provision of comprehensive information on vocational education and training. This will assist students and businesses identify and choose appropriate training options and increase the transparency within the sector. The MySkills website will provide performance information on Registered Training Organisations obtained from employers and students, data on the level of commencements and completions and a description of the training provided by different Registered Training Organisations.

The website is expected to be operational by July 2011.

Skills for Sustainable Growth — A Training System for the Future — National Vocational Education and Training Regulator — establishment

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 15.6 34.0 28.3 27.6
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 2.4 11.4 15.9 20.7

The Government will provide $105.5 million over four years to establish national regulatory arrangements for the vocational education and training (VET) system. The measure includes funding of $92.3 million over four years for the establishment of a National VET Regulator and $10.6 million over four years for the establishment of a new National Standards Council. The National Standards Council is expected to be operational from 1 January 2011 and the National VET Regulator is expected to commence from 1 April 2011.

The National VET Regulator will register and audit training providers and accredit courses in the VET sector. This will streamline existing regulatory arrangements by subsuming the functions of the National Audit and Registration Agency and VET regulators in all States and Territories apart from Victoria and Western Australia.

Victoria and Western Australia will continue to regulate providers operating in their States and will enact legislation to mirror the Commonwealth legislation. On a national basis, all providers wishing to operate in more than one jurisdiction or enrol international students in post‑secondary educational institutions will be registered through the national regulator.

The National Standards Council will undertake functions currently performed by the National Quality Council and provide advice to the Ministerial Council for Tertiary Education and Employment on national standards for regulation, including registration, quality assurance, performance monitoring, reporting, risk, audit, review and re‑registration of providers, and accreditation of VET qualifications.

Consistent with current state and territory practice, the National VET Regulator will initially be funded by partial cost recovery. The Regulator will be progressively transitioned to full cost recovery by 2014‑15. Consequentially, expenses will be partially offset by $50.4 million in revenue over the forward estimates.

See also the related savings measure titled Skills for Sustainable Growth — National Audit and Registration Agency and National Quality Council — redirection of funding.

Skills for Sustainable Growth — A Training System for the Future — Quality Skills Incentive

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - - 43.3 43.3 43.3

The Government will provide $129.8 million over three years to establish the Quality Skills Incentive initiative. The funding will be available to reward Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) which meet certain performance benchmarks. Funding will be open to the 100 largest RTOs (based on enrolments).

This measure will drive quality improvements across the sector, higher completion rates and better access for disadvantaged Australians, helping to lift the skill levels of Australians attending RTOs.

An appropriate suite of performance benchmarks will be developed in consultation with key stakeholders, including Industry Skills Councils, Skills Australia, State and Territory governments and RTOs.

Skills for Sustainable Growth — Fast‑Track Apprenticeships — redirection of funding

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - -15.0 -10.4 -5.4 -

The Government will redirect funding from the Fast‑Track Apprenticeships program announced in the 2007‑08 Budget to provide more effective support for skills development under the Government's Skills for Sustainable Growth package — including competency‑based training and smarter apprenticeships. The measure will provide savings of $30.8 million over three years.

No further funding will be awarded under the program from 1 July 2010. However, contracts which are currently in place will conclude according to their original timeline.

See also the related expense measure titled Skills for Sustainable Growth — Skills for Recovery — smarter apprenticeships.

Skills for Sustainable Growth — Foundation Skills Package — language, literacy and numeracy for job seekers — expansion

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 14.2 17.4 17.6 17.8

The Government will provide $67.0 million over four years to transform the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Program (LLNP) to secure ongoing funding for approximately 13,570 additional training places for job seekers of working age (15 to 64 years old).

The LLNP aims to assist job seekers of working age to achieve sustainable employment. This additional funding builds on existing funding to provide a total of over 70,000 job seekers with an average of 280 hours of language, literacy and numeracy training. Investment in these skills assists job seekers to secure higher levels of social inclusion and workforce participation.

This will help ensure that job seekers can build their foundation skills and are able to fully engage in the workforce.

Skills for Sustainable Growth — Foundation Skills Package — National Core Skills and Outreach Project

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 4.9 7.1 5.6 5.9

The Government will provide $23.5 million over four years to improve core employability skills, particularly language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) skills, among working age Australians. The initiatives that will be funded include:

  • a Commonwealth contribution of $15.4 million over four years for an awareness campaign aimed at promoting LLN initiatives and reducing the stigma for people with LLN skill development needs. The Commonwealth will seek further contributions to this campaign from the States and Territories;
  • $2.3 million over four years to extend the existing LLN Practitioner Scholarship Program. This program was established in the 2009‑10 Budget to provide 40 scholarships a year in both 2009‑10 and 2010‑11 to students undertaking a course of study for the purpose of becoming a qualified LLN instructor. The extension provides for an additional 50 scholarships a year from 2010‑11 to 2013‑14 with an average value of $5,000 per scholarship;
  • $1.6 million over four years to give greater prominence to foundation skills in Industry Skill Council (ISC) Training Packages. This initiative will fund ISCs to re‑map ISC Training Packages in order to make LLN requirements more explicit and transparent. In addition, greater support will be provided to assist trainers to address LLN skill development needs they observe in students; and
  • $1.5 million over four years to develop a tool for assessing employability skills and attributes other than LLN.

The Government will also develop a National Strategy for Foundation Skills in consultation with the States and Territories by the end of 2011. The National Strategy will provide a framework for foundation skills provision across all jurisdictions for the next decade.

Skills for Sustainable Growth — Foundation Skills package — workplace and community language, literacy and numeracy — expansion

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 4.7 6.6 8.0 9.4

The Government will provide $28.7 million over four years to provide up to 9,500 additional workplace and 8,000 additional community‑based language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) training places.

The Workplace English Language and Literacy (WELL) program provides employees with vocationally oriented intensive training and aims to assist workers to improve LLN skills to perform their work safely and effectively, progress to further vocational training and advance in the workforce. The program will be expanded with up to 1,500 additional training places in 2010‑11; 2,000 places in 2011‑12; 2,500 places in 2012‑13; and 3,500 places in 2013‑14. Industry Skills Council brokers will encourage participation by enterprises in target industries that have a high incidence of workers with low LLN skill levels.

Funding for community‑based projects will deliver up to 8,000 additional training places to be provided through short courses in innovative community settings such as neighbourhood houses, men's sheds, mothers' groups, Indigenous support organisations and community colleges. These courses are aimed at attracting adults into further foundation skills LLN training. Up to 60 projects will be funded in 2010‑11, 100 projects in 2011‑12 and 120 projects each year in 2012‑13 and 2013‑14.

Skills for Sustainable Growth — Innovation Employer Incentive for Australian Apprentices — redirection of funding

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - -4.9 -8.8 -9.0 -9.2

The Government will redirect funding from the Innovation Employer Incentive for Australian Apprentices payments for new apprenticeships from 12 May 2010. The Innovation Employer Incentive was announced as part of the Support Australian Apprenticeships program in the 2002‑03 Budget. It is not expected that removal of this incentive will have a major impact on the take‑up of qualifications attracting this incentive.

This measure will provide savings of $31.9 million over four years that will be redirected to provide more effective support for skills development.

See also the related package of expense measures titled Skills for Sustainable Growth.

Skills for Sustainable Growth — National Audit and Registration Agency and National Quality Council — redirection of funding

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - -1.8 -4.5 -4.6 -4.7

The Government will redirect funding from the National Audit and Registration Agency and the National Quality Council to offset the cost of establishing the new National Vocational Education and Training Regulator. The functions of these two agencies will be subsumed by the new national regulator. This measure will provide savings of $15.7 million over four years

See also the related expense measure titled Skills for Sustainable Growth — A Training System for the Future — National Vocational Education and Training Regulator — establishment.

Skills for Sustainable Growth — Productivity Places Program National Partnership — redirection of funding

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - - - - -
Department of the Treasury - - - - -375.9
Total - - - - -375.9

The Government will redirect funding from the forward estimates period for the Productivity Places Program National Partnership in 2013‑14. This reflects the scheduled conclusion of the National Partnership. The measure will provide savings of $375.9 million and reflects the imperative to invest now as part of the Skills for Sustainable Growth package to address skill shortages and strengthen the supply and quality of training into the future.

The Productivity Places Program is part of the Government's Skilling Australia for the Future initiative which aims to reduce skills shortages and increase the productivity of industry and enterprises. Places provided under the current National Partnership on the Productivity Places Program are funded by the Commonwealth, State and Territory governments and the private sector.

Skills for Sustainable Growth — Productivity Places Programs — redirection

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations -20.0 -15.0 -15.0 -15.0 -15.0

The Government will redirect the funding from the Commonwealth component of the Productivity Places Program. It will reduce the number of Structural Adjustment places under the program by 4,000 in 2009‑10, 3,600 places per year (over the forward estimates).

The structural adjustment element of the Productivity Places Program provides training for groups of retrenched workers who have lost their jobs or been stood down due to the global recession.

This measure will provide savings of $80.0 million over five years that will be redirected to provide more targeted support for skills development under the Government's Skills for Sustainable Growth package.

Skills for Sustainable Growth — Securing Australian Apprenticeships through Registered Training Organisations — redirection of funding

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations -3.9 -4.0 - - -

The Government will redirect funding from the Securing Australian Apprenticeships through Registered Training Organisations incentive announced in the 2009‑10 Budget.

The incentive provided support to trade apprentices and trainees made redundant as a result of the global financial crisis, ensuring the availability of a skilled workforce as the economy recovered. Take‑up of this initiative has been low, due to alternative support provided by the States and Territories.

This measure will provide savings of $7.9 million over two years (including $3.9 million in 2009‑10) that will be redirected to provide more effective support for skills development under the Government's Skills for Sustainable Growth package.

Skills for Sustainable Growth — Skills for Recovery — Apprenticeship Kickstart Bonus II

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 28.6 50.8 - -

The Government will provide $79.3 million over two years to increase the number of young Australians (aged 19 years or younger) undertaking traditional trade apprenticeships in skills shortage occupations.

Small and medium enterprises that engage and retain eligible apprentices will be eligible for a $3,350 bonus payment. The payment will be paid in two instalments. The first of $850 will be paid three months after the apprentice's commencement and the second of $2,500 nine months after commencement. The bonus will be available for enterprises that employ new apprentices over the period 12 May 2010 to 12 November 2010.

The measure includes funding of $2.7 million over two years for Australian Apprenticeship Centres to assess the eligibility of apprentices for the Apprentice Kickstart Bonus.

Skills for Sustainable Growth — Skills for Recovery — Critical Skills Investment Fund

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 50.0 50.0 50.0 50.0

The Government will provide $200.2 million over four years to establish the Critical Skills Investment Fund to help deliver training places and boost the number of workers available in skill shortage areas of national significance, including the resource and construction sectors.

The Critical Skills Investment Fund will leverage industry co‑investment, providing support for 50 per cent of the cost of training for large firms and up to 90 per cent of the cost of training for small firms. It is estimated that up to 39,000 training places will be delivered over four years.

The training provided will support the up‑skilling of the existing workforce, with a focus on the continued participation of mature‑aged workers. It will also provide opportunities for jobseekers to equip themselves with the necessary skills to work in areas of strong labour demand.

Funding will be allocated through a competitive process. A board will be established to assess proposals for funding from industry and to provide advice to the Government.

Skills for Sustainable Growth — Skills for Recovery — smarter apprenticeships

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 6.5 5.4 5.0 3.0

The Government will provide $19.9 million over four years to implement a faster, more flexible, competency‑based apprenticeship system. Competency‑based progression in apprenticeships will help ensure skills acquisition is efficient and responsive to the needs of the economy by providing skilled workers to the market more quickly, with training focused on competency achieved rather than time served.

The measure will provide for competitive grants to Industry Skills Councils to develop and implement competency‑based training models, which achieve the broad adoption and expansion of competency based training and qualifications for apprentices. The measure will also fund the engagement of industrial relations experts to identify and propose solutions to barriers to competency‑based progression for apprentices.

See also the related savings measure titled Skills for Sustainable Growth — Fast‑Track Apprenticeships — redirection of funding.

Skills for the Carbon Challenge — Skills for Sustainability Incentive Pilot — discontinuation

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations -5.0 -5.0 -5.0 -5.0 -

The Government will discontinue the Skills for Sustainability Incentive Pilot. This measure will provide savings of $20.0 million over four years from 2009‑10 which will be redirected to support the National Green Skills Agreement and other Government priorities.

The Skills for Sustainability Incentive Pilot, announced by the Government in the 2009‑10 Budget, provided a bonus of $1,000 for up to 5,000 apprentices per year to undertake vocational education and training incorporating green skills. The National Green Skills Agreement, announced by the Government on 30 July 2009 as part of its Clean Sustainable Skills package, and endorsed by the Council of Australian Governments in December 2009, committed to embedding green skills in vocational education and training packages. As a result, the Skills for Sustainability Incentive Pilot is no longer required.

See also the related expense measure titled Clean Sustainable Skills — Green Skills Agreement — implementation.

Student income support — establishment of a Rural Tertiary Hardship Fund

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 20.0 - - -

The Government will provide $20.0 million in 2010‑11 for the establishment of a Rural Tertiary Hardship Fund. The Fund will provide assistance to students aged under 25 years whose main place of residence is located in a rural or regional area and who face financial hardship in undertaking a course of higher education.

See also the related expense measure titled Student income support — extending eligibility.

Student income support — extending eligibility

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations -7.0 -19.6 -1.5 12.9 14.6

The Government will extend eligibility for the student income support arrangements announced in the 2009‑10 Budget.

The Government announced in the 2009‑10 Budget that, from 1 January 2010, eligibility for Youth Allowance would be tightened by removing two of the three criteria for establishing workforce independence. The Government announced concessional arrangements at the 2009‑10 MYEFO and these will now be extended by continuing to allow access to all workforce independence criteria to the following groups of students:

  • Prior to 1 January 2011, the concessional arrangements will apply to students who took a 'gap year' in 2009 after completing school in 2008. To be eligible, students must come from a family with a combined annual parental income of less than $150,000 or need to live away from home because their parental home is located more than 90 minutes away from the university of their choice.
  • From 1 January 2011, the concessional arrangements will apply to students who need to move away from home to study and whose parental home is located in an area defined as very remote, remote or outer regional by the Australian Standard Geographical Classification. To be eligible, students must come from a family with a combined annual parental income of less than $150,000.
  • Students who are not included in these concessional arrangements may establish independence under existing workforce participation criteria until 1 July 2010.

The cost of these changes will be offset by a reduction to the value of payments under the Student Start‑Up Scholarship. The annual value of the scholarship will be reduced to $1,300 in 2010 and $2,128 (indexed) in 2011 and indexed by CPI thereafter. Payments are made bi‑annually.

Further information can be found in the press release of 16 March 2010 issued by the Minister for Education.

See also related expense measure titled An Innovation and Higher Education System for the 21st Century — Student income support — additional funding for service delivery.

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