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Budget | 2014-15

Budget 2014-15
Australian Government Coat of Arms, Budget 2014-15

Part 2: Expense Measures (continued)

Education

A Sustainable Higher Education Loan Programme — HECS‑HELP benefit — cessation

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Department of Education ‑28.4 ‑29.0 ‑29.7

The Government will continue to make available Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) loans so that eligible students do not have to pay their fees up‑front. However, the HECS‑HELP benefit, which was intended to provide an incentive for graduates of particular courses to take up related occupations or work in specified locations will end from 2015‑16. This follows a recommendation of the Review of the Demand Driven Funding System that the benefit be discontinued as there was little evidence that it had been effective in addressing skill shortages.

This measure will achieve savings of $87.1 million over three years.

The savings from this measure will be redirected by the Government to repair the Budget and fund policy priorities.

A Sustainable Higher Education Loan Programme — repayment thresholds and indexation

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Department of Social Services ‑0.2 ‑0.4 ‑0.4 ‑0.4
Department of Education ‑348.5 ‑459.0 ‑583.4 ‑730.5
Total — Expense ‑348.7 ‑459.4 ‑583.8 ‑730.9
Related revenue ($m)
Department of Social Services 0.1 0.2 0.4
Department of Education ‑14.3 261.0 322.4 462.1
Total — Revenue ‑14.3 261.1 322.6 462.6

The Government will reduce the income threshold for repayment of Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) debts commencing in 2016‑17 and will adjust the indexation of HELP debts from 1 June 2016. This is estimated to achieve savings of $3.2 billion over four years from 2014‑15.

A new minimum threshold will be established for the repayment of HELP debts, set at 90 per cent of the minimum threshold that would otherwise have applied in 2016‑17. The new minimum threshold is currently estimated to be $50,638 in 2016‑17. A new repayment rate of 2 per cent of repayment income will be applied to debtors with incomes above the new minimum threshold. There will be no other change to current repayment rates.

In addition, the annual indexation applied to HELP debts will be adjusted from the Consumer Price Index to a rate equivalent to the yields on 10 year bonds issued by the Australian Government, capped at 6.0 per cent per annum, from 1 June 2016.

HELP loans assist eligible students with the cost of their tertiary education fees.

The savings from this measure will be redirected by the Government to repair the Budget and fund policy priorities.

A Sustainable Higher Education System — Australian Research Council — efficiency dividend

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Australian Research Council ‑26.0 ‑24.1 ‑24.9

The Government will achieve savings of $74.9 million over three years from 2015‑16 by applying a one‑off 3.25 per cent efficiency dividend in 2015‑16 to the Australian Research Council's administered funding.

The savings from this measure will be redirected by the Government to repair the Budget and fund policy priorities.

A Sustainable Higher Education System — cessation of funding for the HC Coombs Policy Forum

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Department of Education ‑1.6 ‑1.6 ‑1.6 ‑1.6

The Government will achieve savings of $6.4 million over four years from 2014‑15 by ceasing funding for the HC Coombs Policy Forum element of the Commonwealth‑Australian National University Strategic Relationship.

The savings from this measure will be redirected by the Government to repair the Budget and fund policy priorities.

A Sustainable Higher Education System — Higher Education Reward Funding — cessation

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Department of Education ‑8.5 ‑26.2 ‑26.9 ‑28.5 ‑31.1

The Government will achieve savings of $121.1 million over five years by ceasing Higher Education Reward Funding from 2014 onwards. Funding of $20.1 million in 2013‑14 has been retained to meet existing commitments.

The savings from this measure will be redirected by the Government to repair the Budget and fund policy priorities.

A Sustainable Higher Education System — Research Training Scheme — student contributions

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Department of Education ‑33.4 ‑67.7 ‑69.6
Related revenue ($m)
Department of Education 0.7 2.4

The Government will reduce Research Training Scheme (RTS) funding from 1 January 2016 and allowing higher education providers to introduce student contributions for students undertaking higher degrees by research, including doctoral and masters degrees. This is estimated to achieve savings of $173.7 million over three years from 2015‑16. Higher education providers would be able to charge a student contribution up to a maximum of $3,900 per equivalent full‑time student (EFTS) for high cost courses and $1,700 per EFTS for low cost courses.

Eligible students would have access to loans under the Higher Education Loan Programme to defer the payment of their student contributions.

The savings from this measure will be redirected by the Government to repair the Budget and fund policy priorities.

Australian Baccalaureate — discontinue development

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Department of Education ‑0.3 ‑3.0 ‑3.1 ‑3.1

The Government will achieve savings of $9.6 million over four years by not proceeding with the development of the Australian Baccalaureate.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

The savings from this measure will be redirected by the Government to repair the Budget and fund policy priorities.

Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority — reduced funding

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Department of Education ‑2.6

The Government will achieve savings of $2.6 million per annum from 2017‑18 through efficiencies in the operations of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA).

The measure extends the Mid‑Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2013‑14 measure titled Students First — Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority — reduction in funding which refocused the ACARA's activities to ensure it develops the highest possible standard curriculum and directs its resources to developing benchmarking processes so Australia can compare its curriculum against the world's best.

The savings from this measure will be redirected by the Government to repair the Budget and fund policy priorities.

Australian Government Quality Teacher Programme — continuation

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Department of Education 4.6 0.3

The Government will provide $4.9 million over two years from 2013‑14 to the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership for the continuation of the Australian Government Quality Teacher Programme (AGQTP). The AGQTP provides funding to non‑government education authorities in each state and territory to improve the quality of education through projects and activities that offer teachers and school leaders opportunities to develop their skills.

Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership — reduced funding

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Department of Education ‑2.7 ‑5.6 ‑6.1 ‑3.5 ‑2.1

The Government will achieve savings of $19.9 million over five years from 2013‑14 through efficiencies in the operations of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) including a refocus on core priorities. This includes savings of $9.5 million over five years from 2013‑14 from funding allocated to AITSL by the former Government for its National Plan for School Improvement.

See also related expense measure titled Australian Government Quality Teacher Programme — continuation.

The savings from this measure will be redirected by the Government to repair the Budget and fund policy priorities.

Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth — contribution

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Department of Education 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0

The Government will provide $1.0 million per annum from 2014‑15 to the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) for operational support and to undertake research and develop resources in the area of parental engagement.

The ARACY is a national non‑profit organisation which brings together researchers, policy makers and practitioners to work on issues affecting the health, development and wellbeing of young Australians.

Centre for Quality Teaching and Learning — cessation

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Department of Education ‑5.0 ‑4.0 ‑4.0 ‑4.0 ‑4.0

The Government will achieve savings of $21.0 million over five years by not proceeding with funding for the Better Schools — National Plan for School Improvement — Centre for Quality Teaching and Learning measure published in the 2013 Economic Statement.

The savings from this measure will be redirected by the Government to repair the Budget and fund policy priorities.

Child Care: Community Support Programme — additional funding and amended eligibility criteria

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Department of Education 76.6 91.9 ‑51.6 ‑52.8 ‑52.7

The Government will provide an additional $168.5 million over two years from 2013‑14 to the Community Support Programme (CSP) to meet existing commitments. The Government will also achieve savings of $157.1 million over three years from 2015‑16 from tightened eligibility criteria.

The Government will amend the eligibility criteria for the CSP to address cost overruns and ensure consistency of access for all child care service providers. The CSP is designed to strengthen a service provider's ability to set up and run a child care service in an area where the service might not otherwise be viable. The eligibility criteria for new family day care services applying to the CSP from 1 April 2014, and existing providers from 1 July 2015, require applicants to be the only provider of family day care in the surrounding area, with weighting towards services setting up in regional and remote or disadvantaged communities. Similar criteria currently apply to participating long day care and out of school hours care providers.

See also the related savings measure titled Support for the Child Care System Programme — offsetting savings in the Education portfolio.

Further information can be found in the press release of 21 March 2014 issued by the Assistant Minister for Education.

Child Care: Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance — reforms

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Department of Education 27.9 7.4 ‑22.4 ‑0.4 19.0
Department of Human Services .. 5.0 2.8 2.1 2.1
Total — Expense 27.9 12.5 ‑19.6 1.7 21.1

The Government will provide an additional $35.3 million over two years from 2013‑14 and $19.0 million in 2017‑18 to help support the Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance (JETCCFA) programme to meet existing commitments and anticipated demand.

The Government will also reform the programme by introducing an $8.00 per hour cap on JETCCFA funding per child and a weekly cap of 36 hours per child on the number of child care hours that can be claimed through JETCCFA by parents undertaking study. These reforms are estimated to achieve savings of $22.8 million over two years from 2015‑16.

The Department of Human Services will be provided with $12.0 million over five years from 2013‑14 to implement this measure, including increased compliance activities.

See also the related savings measure titled Support for the Child Care System Programme — offsetting savings in the Education portfolio.

Child Care: Neighbourhood Model Occasional Care — reinstatement

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Department of the Treasury 3.1 3.1 3.2 3.2

The Government will provide $12.6 million over four years to the states and territories as a contribution towards the cost of delivering occasional care. Funding will be provided to help support non‑Child Care Benefit approved child care service providers, particularly in rural and regional areas, and will benefit families who need emergency or late‑notice child care.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Further information can be found in the Coalition's Policy for Better Child Care and Early Learning.

Child Care: Support for the Child Care System Programme — offsetting savings

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Department of Education ‑0.9 ‑5.7 ‑4.9 ‑14.1 ‑13.8

The Government will redirect $39.3 million over five years from the following programmes to the Support for the Child Care System Programme, which includes the Community Support Programme and Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance:

  • $14.7 million over four years from 2014‑15 through a reduction in activities and other efficiencies from Child Care Early Learning Projects;
  • $12.0 million over two years from 2016‑17 by streamlining programme delivery of the Inclusion and Professional Support Programme;
  • $3.7 million over three years from 2015‑16 by suspending funding for professional development of staff in Budget Based Funded child care services;
  • $3.6 million over two years from 2014‑15 by terminating the Child Care Accessibility Fund;
  • $3.1 million over four years from 2014‑15 through a reduction in funding for the Stronger Quality Element of the Child Care Services Support Programme;
  • $1.2 million over two years from 2013‑14 through efficiencies in the National Career Development Programme; and
  • $1.0 million in 2014‑15 by restricting access to the Recognition of Prior Learning Programme to non‑long day care child care staff in that year.

See also the related expense measures titled Child Care: Community Support Programme — additional funding and amended eligibility criteria and Child Care: Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance —reforms in the Education portfolio.

Education Grant Programmes — reduced funding

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Department of Education ‑8.7 ‑13.2 ‑12.0 ‑11.0 ‑15.0

The Government will achieve savings of $59.7 million over five years from 2013‑14 by reducing uncommitted funding for various grant programmes across the Education portfolio.

The savings from this measure will be redirected by the Government to repair the Budget and fund policy priorities.

Expanding Opportunity — a more effective Higher Education Participation Programme

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Department of Education ‑7.5 ‑12.5 ‑13.8 ‑17.5

The Government will achieve savings of $51.3 million over four years by consolidating the Participation and Partnerships components of the current Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Programme into a single Access and Participation Fund.

Following the savings, the Access and Participation Fund will retain funding of $582.7 million over the four years from 2014‑15 to continue to support eligible higher education providers to improve access for people from low socio‑economic backgrounds and improve their retention and completion rates. The National Priorities Pool will also be retained with funding of $9.5 million per annum to fund projects that support access and success in higher education by people from low socio‑economic backgrounds.

The savings from this measure will be redirected by the Government to repair the Budget and fund policy priorities.

Expanding Opportunity — expansion of the demand driven system and sharing the cost fairly

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Department of Education ‑162.3 ‑398.7 ‑509.7
Related revenue ($m)
Department of Education 1.8 13.1 41.6

The Government will expand the demand driven funding system for higher education courses from 1 January 2016 and seek to share costs of higher education more fairly. This is estimated to achieve savings of $1.1 billion over three years from 2015‑16.

Access to subsidies provided through the Commonwealth Grant Scheme (CGS) will be extended to higher education courses at the diploma, advanced diploma, associate degree and bachelor degree level where the higher education provider is registered with the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency and the course has been accredited.

The funding arrangements under the CGS will be simplified by replacing the current eight funding clusters with five funding tiers. The level of subsidy for courses at non‑university providers and sub‑bachelor and enabling courses will be lower than the subsidy for bachelor and postgraduate courses delivered by universities. Final arrangements will be determined following a review by the Minister for Education.

The current caps on the student contributions that higher education providers are able to charge will be removed from 1 January 2016 for students who accept an offer to commence a course from 14 May 2014. Higher education providers will be responsible for setting their own course fees. The subsidies provided under the CGS for these students will be reduced. Student contributions would remain capped until 31 December 2020 for students who commenced or deferred commencement of their course before 14 May 2014.

Eligible students will continue to be able to defer payment of their student contributions through the Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP). The current lifetime borrowing limits on FEE‑HELP and VET‑FEE HELP loans will be removed.

Expanding Opportunity — FEE‑HELP and VET FEE‑HELP loan fee — cessation

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Department of Education 4.1 8.6 9.7
Related revenue ($m)
Department of Education ‑130.6 ‑278.0 ‑314.5

The Government will remove the 25 per cent loan fee applied to FEE‑HELP (Higher Education Loan Programme) loans for fee‑paying undergraduate courses and 20 per cent loan fee applied to VET FEE‑HELP loans for eligible full fee‑paying students in higher level vocational education and training courses. Removing the FEE‑HELP and VET FEE‑HELP loan fees will improve equity in the provision of loans to students attending higher education providers as the majority of students who take out HELP loans are not required to pay loan fees. This measure is estimated to reduce revenue by $723.2 million over three years and increase expenses by $22.4 million over the same period.

Expanding Opportunity — Higher Education Indexation — revised arrangements

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Australian Research Council 1.1 ‑1.3 ‑4.6
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet ‑0.2 ‑0.5 ‑0.7
Department of Education ‑25.3 ‑68.1 ‑104.4
Total — Expense ‑24.3 ‑69.9 ‑109.7
Related revenue ($m)
Department of Education ‑0.3 ‑0.9

The Government will revise the indexation arrangements for all programmes under the Australian Research Council Act 2001 and the Higher Education Support Act 2003, excluding superannuation grants. From 1 January 2016 these programmes will be indexed by the Consumer Price Index, instead of the Higher Education Grants Index. This is estimated to achieve savings of $202.8 million over three years from 2015‑16.

The savings from this measure will be redirected by the Government to repair the Budget and fund policy priorities.

Higher Education Superannuation Programme — resumption of payments to universities in NSW

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Department of Education nfp nfp nfp nfp nfp
Australian Taxation Office
Total — Expense
Related revenue ($m)
Department of Education
Australian Taxation Office nfp nfp nfp nfp nfp
Total — Revenue

The Government will resume making payments under the Higher Education Superannuation Programme to eligible universities, subject to agreement with the NSW Government, to meet the Commonwealth's share of certain superannuation expenses. The resumption of payments for staff who are members of the State Superannuation Scheme, with State Authorities Superannuation Scheme and State Authorities Non‑Contributory Superannuation accounts, will align the arrangements for NSW with other participating states.

The expenditure for this measure is not for publication as the arrangement is subject to negotiation with the NSW Government.

Improving Educational Outcomes — reversal

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Department of Education ‑5.7 ‑9.8 ‑7.1 ‑7.2

The Government will achieve savings of $29.8 million over four years from 2013‑14 by not proceeding with funding for the Improving Educational Outcomes measure published in the Pre‑Election Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2013.

The funding was identified by the former Government to fund its election commitments and will be redirected by the Government to repair the Budget and fund policy priorities.

Investing in Research Excellence — Antarctic Gateway Partnership

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Australian Research Council

The Government will provide $24.0 million over three years from 2014‑15 to facilitate enhanced scientific collaboration between the University of Tasmania, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation and the Australian Antarctic Division of the Department of the Environment.

The cost of this measure will be met through reprioritisation of the Australian Research Council's existing funding.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Further information can be found in the Coalition's Economic Growth Plan for Tasmania.

Investing in Research Excellence — Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Australian Research Council 15.0 21.0 3.0 3.0

The Government will provide $42.0 million over four years through the Australian Research Council's Linkage Programme, to support the expansion of the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine at James Cook University. This funding will support research and training in virology, disease and vector control, as well as the development of new treatments and vaccines for tropical diseases.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Further information can be found in the Coalition's Policy to Protect and Streamline Health and Medical Research Funding.

Investing in Research Excellence — digitisation of Indigenous cultural resources

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies 3.3

The Government will provide $3.3 million in 2014‑15 to continue the digitisation of a range of documentary and audio‑visual materials held in non‑digital form by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies. The digitisation of the Institute's collection of Indigenous film, video, recorded sound and pictorial material will help ensure these resources are preserved and accessible to future generations.

Investing in Research Excellence — mid‑career Future Fellowships scheme — continuation

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Australian Research Council 1.6 23.0 45.5 69.5

The Government will provide $139.5 million over four years to continue the Future Fellowships scheme on an ongoing basis, but limited to Australian researchers only.

Up to 100 four‑year fellowships will be offered to outstanding mid‑career Australian researchers to conduct their research. In addition, each researcher's administering institution will receive up to $50,000 per annum for costs directly related to the future fellow's research including infrastructure, equipment and travel.

The Future Fellowships scheme aims to attract and retain the best Australian mid‑career researchers, who might otherwise choose to work overseas. The scheme supports research in areas of crucial national importance.

Investing in Research Excellence — National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy — continuation

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Department of Education 150.0

The Government will provide $150.0 million in 2015‑16 to continue the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy, which funds the operation and maintenance of critical national research infrastructure. This funding will allow the most critical existing research facilities to continue to deliver maximum benefits to the research community.

National School Chaplaincy Programme — continuation

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Department of Education 59.7 61.5 61.4 61.2

The Government will provide an additional $245.3 million over five years (including $1.5 million in 2018‑19) to continue the National School Chaplaincy Programme until December 2018.

Under the programme, all Australian schools will be invited to apply for base grants of $20,000 per annum (and up to a further $4,000 per annum for schools in remote areas) to help engage school chaplains, with priority going to schools with higher levels of disadvantage. The refocused programme will introduce simplified reporting and administrative requirements to allow funding recipients to better focus on delivering chaplain services.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Further information can be found in the Coalition's Real Solutions for all Australians policy document.

Online Diagnostic Tools — cessation

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Department of Education ‑0.7 ‑8.8 ‑9.5 ‑9.7 ‑9.7

The Government will achieve savings of $38.4 million over five years from 2013‑14 by ceasing the Online Diagnostic Tools Programme.

The savings from this measure will be redirected by the Government to repair the Budget and fund other policy priorities.

Primary Connections and Science by Doing — maintain funding

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Department of Education 1.0 1.0 2.0 1.0

The Government will provide $5.0 million over four years to maintain the science education programmes, Primary Connections: Linking science with literacy and Science by Doing.

The Primary Connections: Linking science with literacy initiative aims to enhance primary school teachers' confidence and competence in teaching science. The Science by Doing initiative aims to improve science learning and provides support to school‑based science teaching teams.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Remote Indigenous Students Attending Non‑Government Boarding Schools — additional funding

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Department of Education 6.8

The Government will provide $6.8 million in 2014‑15 to specific non‑government schools for the additional costs associated with boarding and educating Indigenous students from remote communities.

The assistance will be provided to non‑government schools with more than 50 Indigenous boarding students from remote or very remote areas, or where 50 per cent or more of their boarding students are Indigenous students from remote or very remote areas.

Students First — Early Language Learning Australia — trial

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Department of Education 7.0 2.8

The Government will provide $9.8 million over two years from 2014‑15 to conduct a one year trial to determine the effectiveness of early exposure to languages other than English through online language learning programmes.

The trial will be undertaken in approximately 40 pre‑schools providing an early childhood education programme.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Further information can be found in the Coalition's Policy for Schools: Students First.

Students First — Improving the take‑up of foreign languages

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Department of Education 1.2 0.6

The Government will provide $1.8 million over two years from 2014‑15 to the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority to develop Foundation Year to Year 10 curricula for foreign languages to revive the teaching of languages in Australian schools.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Further information can be found in the Coalition's Policy for Schools: Students First.

Students First — indexation of school funding from 2018

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Department of Education 54.1

The Government will provide an additional $54.1 million in 2017‑18 to maintain real Commonwealth school funding beyond the 2017 school year. From the 2018 school year onwards, total school funding will be indexed by the Consumer Price Index, with an allowance for changes in enrolments.

Teach for Australia — reduced funding

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Department of Education ‑0.2 ‑0.1 ‑0.2

The Government will achieve savings of $0.4 million over three years from 2015‑16 by reducing funding for the Teach for Australia programme. The savings from this measure will be redirected by the Government to repair the Budget and fund policy priorities.

Upholding Quality — Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching — establishment

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Department of Education nfp nfp nfp nfp nfp

The Government will engage an independent organisation to administer three National Higher Education Surveys: the University Experience Survey, the Graduate Outcomes Survey and the Employer Satisfaction Survey.

The Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching will comprise a suite of Government‑endorsed surveys covering the student life cycle from commencement to employment. This will help to ensure adequate information is available for students to make informed decisions about their study options.

The expenditure for this measure is not for publication as the administration of the surveys will be subject to a competitive tender process.

Upholding Quality — Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency — revised funding arrangements

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency ‑3.4 ‑7.6 ‑10.0 ‑10.1

The Government will achieve savings of $31.1 million over four years by reducing funding for the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).

The Review of Higher Education Regulation recommended that the Government reduce TEQSA's functions to focus on its core activities as a regulator. TEQSA regulates and assures the quality of Australia's higher education sector.

The savings from this measure will be redirected by the Government to repair the Budget and fund policy priorities.

Further information can be found in the press release of 23 October 2013 issued by the Minister for Education.

Youth 20 Summit — hosting

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Department of Education 0.7 0.2

The Government will provide $0.9 million over two years from 2013‑14 to support Australia's hosting of the Youth 20 Summit in Sydney in July 2014.

The Youth 20 Summit is the official Group of Twenty (G20) youth event held as part of Australia's hosting of the G20 in 2014.