Australian Government, 2011‑12 Budget
Budget

Appendix A: Expense Measures (Continued)

Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

Amendments to the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 — Fair Protection for Firefighters

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15
Comcare - - - - -

The Government will amend the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 to allow streamlined processing of workers' compensation claims by qualifying firefighters covered by this legislation.

The amendment is to address the unique barriers faced by firefighters in accessing the 'deemed diseases' provision of the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988. Currently, a person relying on the deemed diseases provision must be able to demonstrate that they were exposed to a particular toxic chemical or compound in the course of their employment. However, for firefighters it is likely to be difficult to establish the nature of toxins involved in the various fires they attend and their connection to diseases, in particular, certain types of cancers. The amendments will result in certain cancers contracted by firefighters employed for a qualifying period under the Commonwealth workers' compensation legislation being deemed to be work related.

The estimated increase in compensation expenses of $11.2 million over four years will be met from within Comcare's premium scheme.

BlueScope Steel workers — assistance

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15
Department of Education,
Employment and Workplace
Relations
- 5.7 2.3 1.0 0.7
Department of Human Services - 0.2 - - -
Total - Expense - 5.9 2.3 1.0 0.7

The Government will provide $9.9 million over four years to support workers made redundant as a result of the restructuring of BlueScope Steel's Port Kembla and Mornington Peninsula manufacturing operations.

The funding includes $7.9 million over four years to provide workers with immediate access to intensive employment services and to enhanced levels of Employment Pathway funding through Job Services Australia providers in the Illawarra and Mornington Peninsula regions. Funding of $2.0 million over two years will also be provided through the Local Employment Coordinator Flexible Funding Pool to facilitate the development of local employment projects in the Mornington Peninsula region.

The Employment Pathway Fund is a flexible pool of funds available to Job Services Australia providers to provide assistance to job seekers.

Further information can be found in the press release of 30 August 2011 issued by the Prime Minister.

See also the related measure titled Illawarra Region Innovation and Investment Fund — establishment in the Innovation, Industry, Science and Research portfolio.

Building Australia's Future Workforce Measures — consequential amendments

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15
Department of Human Services - 1.1 0.1 0.1 0.1
Department of Education,
Employment and Workplace
Relations
- - -1.0 -1.4 -1.4
Total - Expense - 1.1 -0.9 -1.3 -1.3

The Government will introduce new measures from 1 July 2012 to further refine and strengthen elements of the Building Australia's Future Workforce 2011‑12 Budget package, resulting in savings of $2.2 million over five years (including $106,000 in 2015‑16).

The age of eligibility for the Youth Disability Supplement, Long Term Income Support (student rate of payment) and Sickness Allowance will be increased from 21 to 22 years to ensure consistency with the new ages of eligibility for Youth Allowance (Other) and Newstart Allowance.

Newstart Allowance claimants will be able to lodge their claim up to 13 weeks in advance to enable a smoother transition for recipients transferring from another payment, particularly from Parenting Payment to Newstart Allowance due to the age of their youngest child.

Legislation will also be introduced to align new compliance arrangements for Disability Support Pension recipients under 35 years old and teenage parents and jobless families participating in trials to address disadvantage in targeted locations.

In addition to these arrangements, the Government will enhance the 2011‑12 Budget measure Wage Subsidy for the Very Long‑Term Unemployed to allow job seekers who lose their job during the subsidy, and who remain eligible for the subsidy, to fill a subsequent position.

Child Care — Enhanced scrutiny of the financial viability of large long day care providers

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15
Department of Education,
Employment and Workplace
Relations
- 0.5 0.4 0.3 0.3

The Government will provide $1.5 million over four years to implement the recently developed framework to enhance the scrutiny of large Long Day Care (LDC) operators. The development of a new framework was originally announced in the 2010‑11 Budget, as part of the Government's response to the collapse of ABC Learning Centres Limited in 2008.

Under this measure, all child care providers operating more than 25 LDC centres will be required to supply financial information to the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations for the purposes of determining their financial viability. Evidence of their financial viability will be a condition of approval for the Child Care Benefit. Additional scrutiny of the largest operators will help provide advance warning of risks to continuity of care posed by providers facing financial difficulties.

Further information can be found in the press release of 19 September 2011 issued by the Minister for Employment Participation and Child Care.

Clean Energy Future — Supporting Jobs — Clean Energy Skills Package

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15
Department of Education,
Employment and Workplace
Relations
- - - - -

The Government will provide up to $32.0 million over four years to help tradespeople and professionals in key industries to develop the skills required to deliver clean energy services, products and advice to communities and businesses.

This measure delivers on the Government's plan for a clean energy future.

The cost of the package will be met through reprioritising spending from existing programs.

Further information can be found in the joint press release of 10 July 2011 issued by the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer and the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency.

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations — departmental efficiencies

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15
Department of Education,
Employment and Workplace
Relations
- - -2.0 -1.5 -1.8

The Government will achieve efficiencies in the operations of the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations that will provide savings of $5.3 million over three years. The savings will be achieved with minimal impact on the delivery of the Department's core programs.

Savings from this measure will be redirected to support other Government priorities.

Digital Education Revolution — project pool — redirection

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15
Department of Education,
Employment and Workplace
Relations
- - -20.0 -20.0 -

The Government will reduce funding for the Digital Education Revolution (DER) project pool by $40.0 million over two years.

The DER project pool was established to provide funding for national initiatives that support the aims of the DER, such as the National Digital Learning Resources Framework. Remaining funding under the project pool will be sufficient to meet existing commitments under the ICT Innovation Fund and the development of a national student identifier that will enable tracking of individual students enrolment, attendance and progress.

Savings from this measure will be redirected to support other Government priorities.

Digital productivity — enabled education and skills services

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15
Department of Education,
Employment and Workplace
Relations
- - - - -
Department of Broadband,
Communications and the Digital
Economy
- - - - -
Total - Expense - - - - -
Department of Education,
Employment and Workplace
Relations
- - - - -

The Government will provide $27.2 million over four years to support the development and trialling of online education and skills services that take advantage of the high speed broadband connections being made available through the National Broadband Network. This measure will provide funding to support innovative projects that have the potential to provide more interactive and effective learning opportunities for Australians. Projects are expected to commence in 2012.

Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates as a 'decision taken but not yet announced' in the 2011‑12 Budget.

Further information can be found in the joint press release of 31 May 2011 issued by the Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth, the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations and the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.

Education Services for Overseas Students — Tuition Protection Service — implementation

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15
Department of Education,
Employment and Workplace
Relations
- -5.7 5.2 0.2 0.2

The Government will redirect $5.8 million from the International Education Support program to support the initial operations of the new Tuition Protection Framework for international students. The $5.8 million was part of the $10.7 million made available in 2011‑12 to support the operation of the Education Services for Overseas Students Assurance Fund.

Establishment of the new framework is part of the Government's response to the review of the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000. The framework includes the following elements:

  • an Overseas Students Tuition Fund (OSTF), which will replace the ESOS Assurance Fund and state based Tuition Protection Services to support international students displaced by provider closure to either finish their training with an alternative provider or provide refunds where this is not possible;
  • a Tuition Protection Service (TPS) Levy which will be collected annually from providers from 2013 to support the operation of the OSTF; and
  • a TPS Board and Director who will be responsible for making a recommendation to the Government on the TPS Levy.

The measure will provide $5.0 million in seed funding to the OSTF in 2012‑13 to enable it to operate in advance of the first collection of the TPS Levy from 2013. It will also provide $0.8 million over four years for remuneration for the TPS Director. Any unused seed funding will be returned to the Budget.

See also the related revenue measure titled Education Services for Overseas Students — Tuition Protection Service Levy.

Employment Pathway Fund — redirection of funding

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15
Department of Education,
Employment and Workplace
Relations
- -14.9 - - -

The Government will redirect $14.9 million in 2011‑12 from the Employment Pathway Fund to provide employment assistance to eligible individuals covered under the Tasmanian Forests Intergovernmental Agreement and Live Animal Exports initiatives. These individuals will be provided with enhanced employment assistance, including immediate access to intensive employment services available through Job Services Australia.

The Employment Pathway Fund is a flexible pool of funds available to Job Services Australia providers to provide assistance to job seekers.

See also the related measures titled Tasmanian Forest Industry — adjustment package and Live Animal Exports — assistance to individuals in the Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry portfolio.

Higher Education — reinstate Band 2 student contributions for mathematics, statistics and science units

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15
Department of Education,
Employment and Workplace
Relations
- - -46.8 -136.1 -216.0
Department of Education,
Employment and Workplace
Relations
- - - 0.8 4.0

The Government will reinstate the Band 2 rate for the annual student contribution for mathematics, statistics and science units of study (estimated at $8,353 in 2013) in place of the National Priority rate (estimated at $4,691 in 2013).

The 2009 Bradley Review of Higher Education concluded that there was no evidence that the lower student contributions had a positive impact on student demand. This measure is consistent with the removal of teaching and nursing units of study from the National Priority rate in 2010.

The Band 2 rate will apply for students commencing after 1 January 2013. As a transitional measure, the National Priority rate will remain in place for continuing mathematics, statistics and science students until 31 December 2015. The Maths and Science Transitional Loading, which is paid to universities to compensate them for the lower annual student contribution rate paid by mathematics, statistics and science students will be phased out from 2013. There will be no net impact on university revenues as a result of this measure.

This measure is estimated to provide savings of $403.6 million over three years which will be redirected to support other Government priorities, including the additional investment the Government has made in supporting the demand driven funding system from 2012 to ensure that more Australian students have the opportunity to attend university.

Higher Education Reward Funding — reduction

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15
Department of Education,
Employment and Workplace
Relations
- -3.2 -12.4 -105.4 -119.8

The Government will not proceed with funding for the student experience and quality of learning outcomes components of the Higher Education Reward Funding. This will provide savings of $240.8 million over four years.

Higher Education Reward Funding was introduced in the 2009‑10 Budget to reward higher education institutions for the achievement of participation and social inclusion, student experience and quality of learning outcomes.

The Government will continue to reward higher education institutions for the achievement of participation and social inclusion performance targets, including improving the participation of Indigenous students and students from low socio‑economic backgrounds and regional and remote areas.

Savings from this measure will be redirected to support other Government priorities.

Job Capacity Assessment — additional funding

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15
Department of Education,
Employment and Workplace
Relations
40.0 - - - -

The Government provided $40.0 million in additional funding in 2010‑11 to manage greater than expected demand for Job Capacity Assessment services.

Job Capacity Assessments are conducted by qualified allied health professionals and are designed to assess the current and future work capacity of disadvantaged job seekers considered to have existing or potential barriers to employment.

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

Long Day Care services — one‑off grants in the transition to the National Quality Framework

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15
Department of Education,
Employment and Workplace
Relations
- 5.0 - - -

The Government will provide $5.0 million in 2011‑12 to assist around 1,000 approved Long Day Care (LDC) services to improve facilities and practices in preparation for implementation of the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care and School Aged Services (NQF).

From 1 October 2011 LDC services in the most disadvantaged areas will be eligible to receive a grant of up to $5,000 to undertake quality improvements related to the achievement of the National Quality Framework. Grants may be used for a range of activities and costs such as investment in new equipment and supporting staff to achieve required qualifications, including funding casual employees to fill in for staff undertaking training.

The NQF will be implemented progressively from 1 January 2012. Additional support under this measure will better equip services in disadvantaged areas to meet the requirements of the NQF and will contribute to improved outcomes for vulnerable children.

Further information can be found in the press release of 25 August 2011 issued by the Minister for Employment Participation and Child Care.

National Foundation Skills Strategy — redirect funding

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15
Department of Education,
Employment and Workplace
Relations
- - -0.5 -1.0 -1.2

The Government will redirect $2.7 million over three years from the National Foundation Skills Strategy to support other Government priorities.

The National Foundation Skills Strategy was announced in the 2010‑11 Budget to improve core employability skills among working age Australians.

The Government will continue to provide $16.5 million over the forward estimates for the National Foundation Skills Strategy.

Road Safety Remuneration System — establishment

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15
Fair Work Australia - - 2.8 2.5 2.5
Office of the Fair Work
Ombudsman
- - 1.0 1.6 1.4
Total - Expense - - 3.8 4.1 3.9

The Government will provide $11.8 million over three years for a Road Safety Remuneration System aimed at reducing crashes and fatalities involving vehicles in the road transport industry.

This measure includes funding for the establishment of a tribunal and a supporting Secretariat within Fair Work Australia. This tribunal will be responsible for researching and removing any remuneration related incentives to work in an unsafe manner in the road transport industry. The tribunal will have discretionary powers to set and maintain remuneration and related conditions for these drivers.

In addition, the measure includes funding to the Fair Work Ombudsman for education and compliance activities to create awareness of the new system and enforce any determinations of the tribunal.

Further information can be found in the joint media release of 22 November 2011 issued by the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport and the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations.

Schools — National Rewards for Great Teachers — revised implementation

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15
Department of Education,
Employment and Workplace
Relations
- - 10.0 -85.0 -125.0

The Government will phase in reward payments for the first 18 months of the Rewards for Great Teachers program and provide additional funding to the states and territories to facilitate the development of a nationally consistent performance management system for teachers.

Following the changes to the program, from 2013 all teachers will have their performance assessed under the new performance management system. In the first semester of 2014 the first tranche of teachers that meet the national standards benchmark will receive a bonus.

The development of a national performance and development system will continue.

In 2012‑13, $10.0 million will be provided to assist education authorities transition to the new performance management system. This is in addition to the $50.0 million that will be available in 2011‑12.

This measure will provide savings of $200.0 million over three years from 2012‑13. Savings from this measure will be redirected to support other Government priorities.

Schools — Reward Payments for School Improvement — revised implementation

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15
Department of Education,
Employment and Workplace
Relations
- - -11.8 -27.4 -15.4
Department of the Treasury - - -21.3 -49.9 -27.8
Total - Expense - - -33.1 -77.3 -43.1

The Government will delay the implementation of the Reward for School Improvement program to enable consultation with stakeholders and provide additional funding to states and territories to support participation and adoption of a National School Improvement Framework (NSIF).

The implementation of the program will be split into two phases. The first phase will entail increased funding to states and territories to assist their involvement.

The second phase will provide reward payments to primary and secondary schools that have shown the most improved performance over 12 months, based on the NSIF. Introduction of the second phase will be delayed until 2014‑15 to provide sufficient time to develop the framework and allow for trialling and further consultation on the NSIF.

This measure will provide savings of $153.5 million over three years from 2012‑13. Savings from this measure will be redirected to support other Government priorities.

SkillsConnect — Australian Apprenticeships Mentoring and Accelerated Australian Apprenticeships Programs — broaden eligibility

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15
Department of Education,
Employment and Workplace
Relations
- - - - -

The Government will expand access to the Accelerated Australian Apprenticeships and Australian Apprenticeships Mentoring programs by providing greater flexibility to support apprentices and employers impacted by structural adjustments in the economy.

The measure will align the co‑contribution arrangements for the Accelerated Australian Apprenticeships program with those applying under the National Workforce Development Fund, requiring large enterprises to contribute 66 per cent of the total cost of training, medium enterprises 50 per cent and small enterprises 33 per cent.

The Accelerated Australian Apprenticeships and the Australian Apprenticeships Mentoring programs were announced in the 2011‑12 Budget as part of the Building Australia's Future Workforce package. The Accelerated Australian Apprenticeships program will provide $100.0 million over four years to assist industry to develop and implement strategies that lead to the uptake of competency based progression in Australian Apprenticeships. The Australian Apprenticeships Mentoring program will provide $79.9 million over four years for targeted mentoring and support services to apprentices facing barriers to workforce participation and in areas experiencing skills shortages.

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

Further information can be found in the press release of 21 September 2011 issued by the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations.

SkillsConnect — Integration of the Critical Skills Investment Fund with the National Workforce Development Fund — bring forward

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15
Department of Education,
Employment and Workplace
Relations
- - - - -

The Government has brought forward the integration of the $200 million Critical Skills Investment Fund with the $359 million National Workforce Development Fund to 1 October 2011, nine months earlier than the original start date of 1 July 2012. This will broaden eligibility for the National Workforce Development Fund to allow it to respond more quickly and flexibly to employers seeking to train workers displaced as a result of structural adjustments in the economy.

The integration of the Funds will allow applicants to submit applications outside of formal funding rounds, and align industry co‑contribution arrangements. From 2011‑12 large enterprises will be required to contribute 66 per cent of the cost of training, medium enterprises 50 per cent and small enterprises 33 per cent.

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

Further information can be found in the press release of 21 September 2011 issued by the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations.

Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory — expansion of the School Enrolment and Attendance Measure

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15
Department of Human Services - 4.0 5.5 6.4 6.9
Department of Education,
Employment and Workplace
Relations
- - 1.1 1.6 0.9
Total - Expense - 4.0 6.6 7.9 7.8
Department of Human Services - 2.1 0.1 - -

The Government will provide $85.6 million over 11 years (including $57.1 million between 2015‑16 and 2021‑22) to expand the School Enrolment and Attendance Measure (SEAM) trial from the six current sites in the Northern Territory to Northern Territory Remote Service Delivery communities, Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, Alyangula, Nhulunbuy and the currently uncovered areas of Katherine. The roll‑out will be phased commencing from 1 July 2012.

Under the measure, parents receiving government income support payments, and who have children of compulsory school age, are required to ensure their children are enrolled in, and attending school. Where parents do not take such steps, they may be required to attend a compulsory conference to discuss their child's school attendance, to enter into a school attendance plan, and to comply with the plan. Support will be available to assist families to meet their responsibilities under these arrangements. If parents fail to meet these responsibilities, their income support payments may be suspended. Income support payments will be reinstated with full back‑pay if parents meet the requirements of the measure within a 13 week period. 

Under this measure the SEAM and the Northern Territory Government's Every Child, Every Day (ECED) strategy will be integrated. The ECED strategy has a range of goals targeted not only at parents and children but also staff and the community with the aim of improving attendance levels and participation among young people in the Northern Territory. 

The Government has also set aside funding in the contingency reserve as part of the National Partnership to be negotiated with the Northern Territory Government.

Further information can be found in the joint press release of 14 November 2011 issued by the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, the Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth, and the Minister for Indigenous Health.

Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory — Indigenous Employment Program — redirection of funding

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15
Department of Education,
Employment and Workplace
Relations
- - -0.7 -1.6 -2.0

The Government will redirect $6.4 million over four years (including $2.1 million in 2015‑16) from the Indigenous Employment Program to support other Government priorities in the area of Indigenous employment. This saving will be achieved by reprioritising existing initiatives in the program.

Structural Adjustment Fund — redirection

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15
Department of Education,
Employment and Workplace
Relations
- -21.0 -7.1 - -

The Government will redirect $28.1 million over two years from the Higher Education Structural Adjustment Fund to offset the cost of providing additional Commonwealth supported places to the University of Notre Dame Australia, including the cost of providing HECS‑HELP loans to students.

The Structural Adjustment Fund was announced in the 2009‑10 Budget and provides assistance to higher education institutions to adapt to the introduction of a demand driven funding system from 2012.

See also the related expense measure titled University of Notre Dame Australia — additional Commonwealth supported places in the Education, Employment and Workplace Relations portfolio.

Student Income Support — changes to the rate of Student Start‑up Scholarships

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15
Department of Veterans' Affairs - -0.1 -0.1 -0.1 -0.1
Department of Education,
Employment and Workplace
Relations
- -18.2 -37.9 -38.8 -39.8
Total - Expense - -18.3 -38.0 -38.9 -39.9

The Government will re‑base the semester rate of the Student Start‑up Scholarship from an estimated $1,127 to $1,025 from 1 January 2012. The rate will continue to be indexed on 1 January each year according to movements in the Consumer Price Index. This measure will provide savings of $134.6 million over four years which will be redirected to support students from regional Australia who need to relocate from home to study.

The Student Start‑up Scholarship is paid to all students in receipt of student income support and helps with the upfront costs of studying such as textbooks and specialist payments.

This measure forms part of the Government's response to the Review of Student Income Support Reforms.

Further information can be found in the press release of 14 September 2011 issued by the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations.

See also the related expense measures titled Student Income Support — Workforce Participation Criteria — remove regional distinctions and Student Income Support — Relocation Scholarship — increased payments for regional students.

Student Income Support — delay masters by coursework by two years

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15
Department of Education,
Employment and Workplace
Relations
- -12.4 -60.3 -35.5 -3.0

The Government will delay by two years to 1 January 2014 the extension of student income support to all coursework Masters program students announced in the 2009‑10 Budget as part of the An Innovation and Higher Education System for the 21st Century package. This will provide savings of $111.1 million over four years which will be redirected to support students from regional Australia who need to relocate from home to study.

This measure forms part of the Government's response to the Review of Student Income Support Reforms.

Further information can be found in the press release of 14 September 2011 issued by the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations.

See also the related expense measures titled Student Income Support — Workforce Participation Criteria — remove regional distinctions and Student Income Support — Relocation Scholarship — increased payments for regional students.

Student Income Support — Relocation Scholarship — increased payments for regional students

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15
Department of Education,
Employment and Workplace
Relations
- 2.2 2.9 2.9 3.0
Department of Veterans' Affairs - 0.6 0.2 0.2 0.2
Total - Expense - 2.8 3.1 3.1 3.2
Department of Veterans' Affairs - 0.5 - - -

The Government will provide $12.7 million over four years to increase Relocation Scholarship payments to higher education students from very remote, remote, outer regional and inner regional areas, as defined by the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC). The Relocation Scholarship is available to all dependent higher education students in receipt of Student Income Support payments who move away from their family home to study.

From 1 January 2012, the Relocation Scholarship will be set at $4,000 per annum for all students in the first year of study in which they move away from home irrespective of the geographical location of the parental home. The rate will be increased to $2,000 per annum in the second and third year away from home for all students with a parental home in a non‑metropolitan area, while students with a parental home in a metropolitan area will receive $1,000 per annum. Students living away from home for a fourth year of study will receive $1,000 per annum, irrespective of the geographical location of the parental home.

Metropolitan students are those whose family home is in an area classified as Major Cities of Australia under the ASGC.

The increased assistance will also be available to all students in receipt of education assistance through the Department of Veterans' Affairs.

This measure forms part of the Government's response to the Review of Student Income Support Reforms.

Further information can be found in the press release of 14 September 2011 issued by the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations.

Student Income Support — Rural Tertiary Hardship Fund — redirection

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15
Department of Education,
Employment and Workplace
Relations
- -16.3 - - -

The Government will cease funding for the Rural Tertiary Hardship Fund (Fund) from 1 January 2012. This will provide savings of $16.3 million in 2011‑12 which will be redirected to support students from regional Australia who need to relocate from home to study.

The $20.0 million Fund, announced in the 2010‑11 Budget, was established to provide assistance for rural and regional students facing financial hardship in undertaking higher education.

This measure forms part of the Government's response to the Review of Student Income Support Reforms.

Further information can be found in the press release of 14 September 2011 issued by the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations.

See also the related expense measures titled Student Income Support — Workforce Participation Criteria— remove regional distinctions and Student Income Support — Relocation Scholarship — increased payments for regional students.

Student Income Support — support for reform

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15
Department of Education,
Employment and Workplace
Relations
- 0.5 0.1 0.4 0.6

The Government will provide $1.6 million over four years to assist student income support reforms.

This measure includes:

  • $0.4 million over two years, from 2011‑12, to undertake an education strategy informing eligible students of their entitlements to income support;
  • $0.2 million in 2011‑12 to undertake research on the feasibility and merit of introducing an income contingent loan scheme for those students who need to move away from home to undertake a clinical placement or formal practicum as part of their course of study; and
  • $1.0 million over two years, from 2013‑14, to conduct triennial reviews of the student income support system.

This measure forms part of the Government's response to the Review of Student Income Support Reforms.

Further information can be found in the press release of 14 September 2011 issued by the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations.

Student Income Support — Workforce Participation Criteria — remove regional distinctions

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15
Department of Education,
Employment and Workplace
Relations
- 28.1 64.9 66.4 68.1

The Government will provide $227.5 million over four years to extend the range of eligibility criteria applying to inner regional students seeking to establish independence through workforce participation.

From 1 January 2012, full‑time students who leave their parental home located in an area defined as inner regional by the Australian Standard Geographical Classification to study, and whose combined annual parental income is less than $150,000, will be eligible to establish their independence if they:

  • have worked part‑time for at least 15 hours per week for two years or more since leaving school; or
  • have earned, in an 18‑month period since leaving school, an amount equivalent to at least 75 per cent of the maximum rate of pay under Wage Level A of the Australian Pay and Classification Scale generally applicable to trainees; or
  • have worked at least an average of 30 hours a week for 18‑months over a two year period.

This measure will create consistent arrangements for establishing independence for income support students from inner regional, outer regional, remote and very remote areas.

This measure forms part of the Government's response to the Review of Student Income Support Reforms.

Further information can be found in the press release of 14 September 2011 issued by the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations.

Student Income Support — Youth Allowance Regional Advertising Campaign

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15
Department of Education,
Employment and Workplace
Relations
- 0.7 - - -

The Government will provide $0.7 million in 2011‑12 for a public awareness campaign to inform prospective students from regional areas and their families of the changes to income support arrangements made as part of the Government's response to the Review of Student Income Support Reforms.

The changes to income support arrangements will take effect from 1 January 2012.

Trade Training Centres in Schools Program — rephasing

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15
Department of Education,
Employment and Workplace
Relations
- - - -11.6 -
Department of the Treasury - - - -17.4 -
Total - Expense - - - -29.0 -

The Government will reduce the number of projects to be funded from the Trade Training Centres in Schools program in 2013‑14. Some projects initially planned for funding in 2013 and 2014 will now be rephased to 2015‑16 and 2016‑17. The overall number of projects over the life of the program will remain the same. This will provide savings of $29.0 million.

The Trade Training Centres in Schools program aims to help address national skills shortages in traditional trades and emerging industries by improving trade training programs in secondary schools.

A total of $2.5 billion over 10 years will continue to be available to fund facilities to enhance vocational education opportunities for students in Years 9 to 12 in government and non‑government schools.

Savings from this measure will be redirected to support other Government priorities.

Transitional Australian Apprenticeships Support Services

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15
Department of Education,
Employment and Workplace
Relations
- - - - -

The Government will provide $413.4 million over two years for Australian Apprenticeship Centres to continue to deliver apprenticeships support services.

The national network of Australian Apprenticeship Centres provides free information and assistance to apprentices and their employers, including the administration of the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program.

Following a competitive tender process, new two year contracts will apply from 1 July 2012 and will require Australian Apprenticeship Centres to adopt more efficient practices including greater use of e‑business functionality. This will cover a transition period prior to permanent arrangements being established by July 2014.

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

University of Notre Dame Australia — additional Commonwealth supported places

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15
Department of Education,
Employment and Workplace
Relations
- 2.3 6.1 9.6 11.7
Department of Education,
Employment and Workplace
Relations
- -0.1 -0.2 -0.3 -0.3

The Government will provide $27.8 million over four years through the Commonwealth Grant Scheme to increase the number of Commonwealth supported places at the University of Notre Dame.

In the 2009‑10 Budget, the Government announced the expansion of access to Commonwealth supported university places through the introduction of demand driven enrolment system from 2012 for all universities classified as Table A providers under the Higher Education Support Act 2003.

The University of Notre Dame, while not a Table A provider, receives funding for a limited number of Commonwealth supported places in national priority areas such as teaching and nursing and was provided with access to transitionary arrangements in 2010 and 2011 allowing Commonwealth funded over enrolment of up to 10 per cent.

The measure will ensure that the University of Notre Dame will not be disadvantaged by the removal of the transitionary arrangements in 2012 by providing funding for an additional 1,000 places per year by 2014.

The cost of the measure includes $2.8 million over four years for the impact on the fiscal balance of providing students with loans under HECS‑HELP.

See also the related expense measure titled Structural Adjustment Fund — redirection in the Education, Employment and Workplace Relations portfolio.

Workforce Innovation Program — redirect funding

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15
Department of Education,
Employment and Workplace
Relations
- - -1.3 -1.6 -0.9

The Government will redirect $3.8 million over three years from the Workforce Innovation Program to support other Government priorities.

The Workforce Innovation Program provides grants to organisations, including industry associations and industry peak bodies, for non‑ongoing pilot projects that address current and future workforce and skills development needs.

The Government will continue to provide $30.7 million over the forward estimates for the Workforce Innovation Program.

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