24 December 2015
The Australian Government is making important reforms to the VET FEE HELP scheme to improve the quality and effectiveness of the scheme and to better protect students taking out a VET FEE HELP loan.
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4 December 2015
From 1 January 2016, the Student Start-up Loan will replace the Student Start-up Scholarship and will be available to new student payment recipients (Youth Allowance (student), Austudy or ABSTUDY Living Allowance) undertaking higher education.
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3 December 2015
On 2 December 2015, The Phoenix Institute of Australia informed its students by email it would no longer be delivering courses from its Queen Street premises.
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23 November 2015
On 12 November 2015, Parliament passed several changes to student income support payments, as announced in the 2015-16 Budget.
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10 November 2015
The Australian Government has introduced new repayment obligations for Australians living overseas who have a Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) or Trade Support Loan (TSL) debt.
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16 September 2015
An innovative new website that compares quality indicators for learning and teaching at Australian higher education institutions was launched today.
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15 September 2015
Are you a student considering further study? Check out our new 'Be a savvy student - what you need to know' page.
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29 June 2015
As part of the 2015-16 Budget, the Australian Government announced changes to student payments from 1 January 2016, subject to the passage of legislation.
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13 May 2015
The Australian Government is introducing arrangements for the repayment of HECS debts by Australians who are living overseas and earning above the repayment threshold.
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12 March 2015
Important reforms will be made to the Australian Government’s VET FEE‑HELP scheme to prevent unscrupulous marketers targeting vulnerable Australians and exploiting the scheme.
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16 December 2014
Update on changes to student payments from 1 January 2015
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22 September 2014
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1 July 2014
VET FEE-HELP is now available to subsidised students enrolled in Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses in New South Wales and Tasmania. No loan fee is charged to subsidised students.
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19 May 2014
The Australian Government is introducing a range of reforms to improve our higher education system. These changes will create greater choice for all students, whatever you choose to study and wherever you go.
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19 May 2014
As part of the 2014-15 Budget, the Government has announced a number of changes to student payments (subject to the passage of legislation). These changes include removing the Relocation Scholarship for students relocating within and between major cities
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Extension of VET FEE-HELP to subsidised students in Western Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory
15 January 2014
VET FEE-HELP is now available to subsidised students enrolled in Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses in Western Australia, Queensland and Northern Territory, along with South Australia and Victoria. No loan fee is charged to subsidised students.
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10 January 2014
A Trial to extend VET FEE-HELP income contingent loans to certain subsidised Certificate IV qualifications commenced on 13 January 2014 and will continue until 31 December 2016.
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23 December 2013
Proposed changes to the HELP voluntary repayment bonus and the HECS-HELP upfront discount in 2014. The previous Government's Budget included changes to the HELP scheme from 1 January 2014. The legislation to give effect to these changes....
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22 December 2013
As part of the 2013‑14 Budget, the Student Start‑up Scholarship would be converted into an income‑contingent loan from 1 January 2014. Legislation to implement this change is currently before Parliament but was not passed during the Spring sitting.
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22 November 2013
Proposed changes to the HECS-HELP upfront discount and HELP voluntary repayment bonus in 2014 The 2013‑14 Budget included changes to the HELP scheme from 1 January 2014.
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21 November 2013
Subject to the passage of legislation, from 1 January 2014, the Australian Government will remove the upfront HECS-HELP discount of 10% and the voluntary HELP repayment bonus of 5%.
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21 November 2013
The Australian Government provides funding to reduce the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) debt of early childhood education teachers working in area of high need, which are defined as regional or remote areas, Indigenous communities...
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11 June 2013
Subject to the passage of legislation, changes proposed by the Australian Government will allow eligible New Zealand Special Category Visa holders access to the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP).
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23 April 2013
Subject to the passage of legislation, the Government will cap the allowable tax deductions for self-education expenses to $2,000 for 2013-14 tax returns onwards...
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15 April 2013
On 13 April 2013, the Government announced that from 1 January 2014 Student Start-up Scholarships will be replaced by income contingent loans for new student payment recipients...
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3 January 2013
The rules for continuing to receive a student payment (Youth Allowance, Austudy or ABSTUDY) for a temporary absence overseas, changed on 1 January 2013.
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12 October 2012
A new search tool has been developed to help students learn more about student payments such as Youth Allowance, Austudy and ABSTUDY.
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13 July 2012
To further encourage and support early childhood teachers working in areas of high need the Government has expanded the scope of the HECS-HELP Benefit for early childhood education teachers.
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5 June 2012
The Government has announced that, subject to the passage of legislation, it is amending the Higher Education Support Act 2003 to remove eligibility for...
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28 May 2012
The Government has announced that, subject to the passage of legislation, from 1 January 2013, the maximum student contribution amounts for all students enrolled in maths or science units will..
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8 February 2012
We wish to call to your attention to an error in the printed version of the VET FEE-HELP information for 2012 booklet. The error is on page 2; chapter 2 Eligibility for VET FEE-HELP; Section 2.1 Am I eligible?
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13 December 2011
Whether you are planning to study at university, TAFE or other approved education provider the new Study Assist website provides a one-stop-shop for all your questions about Australian Government assistance available to help finance your tertiary studies.
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12 December 2011
From 1 January 2012, the HELP voluntary repayment bonus has decreased from 10% to 5% on all voluntary repayments that are $500 or more. The 10% bonus will only apply to voluntary repayments received by the ATO on or before 31 December 2011.
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9 December 2011
From 1 January 2012, the Australian Government has lowered the HECS-HELP discount from 20 per cent to 10 per cent for up-front student contribution payments of $500 or more.
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31 October 2011
The Government is making tertiary education fairer by giving students more choices about their study. From 2012, the Government will fund a Commonwealth supported place for every eligible student accepted at a public university.
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