Changes for FEE-HELP education providers

26 July 2017

The Education Legislation Amendment (Provider Integrity and Other Measures) Bill 2017 was introduced into the Australian Parliament on 1 June 2017.

As part of the Bill, a number of changes will be made to the FEE‑HELP scheme that will affect non-university private higher education providers, and students commencing at these providers.

Some of the changes to be implemented include:

  • introducing bans on unscrupulous marketing practices and withdrawal fees,
  • ensuring providers assess their students as ‘genuine’ and academically suited to undertaking the course,
  • tying successful pass rates to continued FEE‑HELP access – this means students will have to maintain a minimum pass rate, relevant to the number of units they are enrolled in (not their academic pass rate), to continue using FEE‑HELP for their studies.
These measures are largely preventative and primarily designed to protect the integrity of the FEE‑HELP loan scheme. Measures will take effect from 1 January 2018, or following royal assent of the Bill. For more information, please continue to check the Study Assist website for updates regarding the status of the Bill, or email the FEE‑HELP team.