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Australian Apprenticeship Support Loans Act 2014

No. 81, 2014

Compilation No. 5

Compilation date: 1 January 2024

Includes amendments: Act No. 61, 2023

Registered: 5 January 2024

About this compilation

This compilation

This is a compilation of the Australian Apprenticeship Support Loans Act 2014 that shows the text of the law as amended and in force on 1 January 2024 (the compilation date).

The notes at the end of this compilation (the endnotes) include information about amending laws and the amendment history of provisions of the compiled law.

Uncommenced amendments

The effect of uncommenced amendments is not shown in the text of the compiled law. Any uncommenced amendments affecting the law are accessible on the Register (www.legislation.gov.au). The details of amendments made up to, but not commenced at, the compilation date are underlined in the endnotes. For more information on any uncommenced amendments, see the Register for the compiled law.

Application, saving and transitional provisions for provisions and amendments

If the operation of a provision or amendment of the compiled law is affected by an application, saving or transitional provision that is not included in this compilation, details are included in the endnotes.

Editorial changes

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Modifications

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Selfrepealing provisions

If a provision of the compiled law has been repealed in accordance with a provision of the law, details are included in the endnotes.

 

 

 

Contents

Chapter 1—Introduction

Part 1.1—Preliminary

1 Short title

2 Commencement

3 Simplified outline of this Act

Part 1.2—Interpretation

4 Simplified outline of this Part

5 Definitions

6 When Australian apprenticeship support loan is being paid to a person

Chapter 2—Loan payments

Part 2.1—Qualification and payability

7 Simplified outline of this Part

8 Qualification

9 Lifetime limit

10 Payability

11 Special case qualification and payability

Part 2.2—Machinery provisions for payments

Division 1—Simplified outline of this Part

12 Simplified outline of this Part

Division 2—Applications

13 Application

14 Withdrawal of application

Division 3—Determinations

15 Determination of application

16 Grant of application

17 Deemed refusal of application

18 Variation of rate

19 Cancellation

20 Date of effect of determinations

21 When determination ceases to be in effect

Division 4—Payment

22 Payment by instalments

23 Amount of instalment

24 Yearly rate of Australian apprenticeship support loan

25 Payment into bank account

Chapter 3—Loan repayments

Part 3.1—Incurring debts

Division 1—Simplified outline of this Part

26 Simplified outline of this Part

Division 2—AASL debts

27 AASL debts

28 AASL debt discharged by death

29 Notice to Commissioner

Division 3—Accumulated AASL debts

30 Simplified outline of this Division

31 Stage 1—working out a former accumulated AASL debt

32 AASL debt indexation factor

33 Index numbers

34 Publishing AASL debt indexation factors

35 Stage 2—working out an accumulated AASL debt

36 Rounding of amounts

37 Accumulated AASL debt discharges earlier debts

38 Accumulated AASL debt discharged by death

Part 3.2—Discharging debts

Division 1—Simplified outline of this Part

39 Simplified outline of this Part

Division 2—Completion discount

40 Completion discount

41 Application of completion discount

42 Refunding of payments

Division 3—Voluntary discharge

43 Voluntary AASL repayments in respect of debts

44 Application of voluntary AASL repayments

45 Refunding of payments

Division 4—Compulsory discharge

Subdivision A—Liability to repay amounts

46 Liability to repay amounts

47 Repayable AASL debt for an income year

Subdivision AA—Liability of overseas debtors to repay amounts

47A Liability of overseas debtors to repay amounts

47B Assessed worldwide income

47C Notices to be given to the Commissioner

Subdivision B—Assessments

48 Commissioner may make assessments

49 Notification of notices of assessment of tax

50 Commissioner may defer making assessments

51 Commissioner may amend assessments

Part 3.3—Application of tax legislation

52 Simplified outline of this Part

53 Returns, assessments, collection and recovery

54 Charges and civil penalties for failing to meet obligations

55 Pay as you go (PAYG) withholding

56 Pay as you go (PAYG) instalments

56A Failures to comply with section 47C

57 Extent of Commissioner’s general administration of this Act

Chapter 4—Administration

Part 4.1—Information management

Division 1—Simplified outline of this Part

58 Simplified outline of this Part

Division 2—General informationgathering powers

59 General power to obtain information

60 Power to obtain information from a person who owes a debt to the Commonwealth

61 Obtaining information about a person who owes a debt to the Commonwealth

62 Written notice

63 Offence

64 Obligations not affected by State or Territory laws

Division 3—Powers in relation to tax file numbers

65 Request for tax file number

66 Verification of tax file numbers

67 When person with tax file number incorrectly notifies number

68 When person without tax file number incorrectly notifies number

69 When tax file numbers are altered

70 When tax file numbers are cancelled

Division 4—Obligation to notify change of circumstance etc.

71 Notice requiring information or statements

72 Written notice

73 Offence

Division 5—Use etc. of personal information

74 Use etc. of personal information

75 Officer’s declaration

Part 4.2—Review of decisions

Division 1—Introduction

76 Simplified outline of this Part

77 Reviewable decisions

78 Reviewer of decisions

79 Authorised review officers

80 Notice of reasons for decision

Division 2—Internal review

81 Internal review

82 Notice to AAT Registrar

83 Application for review

84 Withdrawal of application

85 Review of decisions following application under section 83

Division 3—Administrative Appeals Tribunal review of decisions

86 Review by AAT

87 Decision changed before AAT review completed

88 Settlement of proceedings before the AAT

Part 4.3—Overpayment debts

89 Simplified outline of this Part

90 Overpayment debt

91 Overseas application

92 Recovery of overpayment debt—payment arrangement

93 Recovery of overpayment debt—legal proceedings

94 Secretary may write off overpayment debt

95 Secretary’s power to waive overpayment debt

96 Waiver of overpayment debt arising from error

97 Waiver of small overpayment debt

Chapter 5—Miscellaneous

Part 5.1—Miscellaneous

98 Simplified outline of this Part

99 Indexation of lifetime limit and yearly rate

100 Application to under18s

101 Delegation by Secretary

102 Use of computer program to make decisions

103 Annual report

104 Appropriation

105 Australian Apprenticeships Priority List

106 Rules

Endnotes

Endnote 1—About the endnotes

Endnote 2—Abbreviation key

Endnote 3—Legislation history

Endnote 4—Amendment history

Endnote 5—Editorial changes

An Act to provide for Australian apprenticeship support loans for certain apprentices, and for related purposes

Chapter 1Introduction

Part 1.1Preliminary

 

1  Short title

  This Act may be cited as the Australian Apprenticeship Support Loans Act 2014.

2  Commencement

 (1) Each provision of this Act specified in column 1 of the table commences, or is taken to have commenced, in accordance with column 2 of the table. Any other statement in column 2 has effect according to its terms.

 

Commencement information

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Provision(s)

Commencement

Date/Details

1.  Sections 1 and 2 and anything in this Act not elsewhere covered by this table

The day this Act receives the Royal Assent.

17 July 2014

2.  Sections 3 to 106

The later of:

(a) the day after this Act receives the Royal Assent; and

(b) 1 July 2014.

18 July 2014

(paragraph (a) applies)

Note: This table relates only to the provisions of this Act as originally enacted. It will not be amended to deal with any later amendments of this Act.

 (2) Any information in column 3 of the table is not part of this Act. Information may be inserted in this column, or information in it may be edited, in any published version of this Act.

3  Simplified outline of this Act

Australian apprenticeship support loan is an incomecontingent loan. A person who receives Australian apprenticeship support loan must repay it, through the tax system, after the person’s income reaches a certain threshold.

Broadly, Australian apprenticeship support loan is available to apprentices undertaking certain kinds of apprenticeships. If a person makes an application and meets all the requirements, payments will be made regularly to the person.

When the person’s income reaches the minimum repayment income under the Higher Education Support Act 2003, and the person has finished repaying any debt under that Act and certain other incomecontingent loan schemes, the person must start repaying Australian apprenticeship support loan debt.

Part 1.2Interpretation

 

4  Simplified outline of this Part

All of the defined terms used in this Act are listed in section 5. In many cases the definition itself is also in that section. Sometimes the section refers to another provision of this Act or another Act where the definition can be found.

5  Definitions

  In this Act:

AASL debt means a debt incurred under section 27.

AASL debt indexation factor has the meaning given by section 32.

accumulated AASL debt has the meaning given by section 35.

annual indexation factor has the meaning given by subsection 99(4).

approved form has the meaning given by section 38850 in Schedule 1 to the Taxation Administration Act 1953.

assessed worldwide income has the meaning given by section 47B.

Australian Apprenticeships Priority List means the list determined under subsection 105(1).

Australian apprenticeship support loan means Australian apprenticeship support loan for which a person qualifies under Part 2.1.

Australian resident means a person who:

 (a) resides in Australia; and

 (b) is one of the following:

 (i) an Australian citizen;

 (ii) the holder of a permanent visa.

authorised review officer means a person authorised under section 79.

Commissioner means the Commissioner of Taxation.

completion discount has the meaning given by section 40.

compulsory AASL repayment amount means an amount that:

 (a) is required to be paid in respect of an accumulated AASL debt under section 46 or 47A; and

 (b) is included in a notice of assessment made under section 48.

designated State/Territory training authority has the meaning given by subsection 40(3).

foreign resident has the meaning given by subsection 9951(1) of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.

former accumulated AASL debt has the meaning given by section 31.

holder has the same meaning as in the Migration Act 1958.

income tax has the meaning given by subsection 9951(1) of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.

income tax law has the meaning given by subsection 9951(1) of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.

income year has the meaning given by subsection 9951(1) of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.

index number has the meaning given by section 33.

instalment period has the meaning given by subsection 10(2).

lifetime limit means $20,000.

Note: The lifetime limit is indexed on 1 July 2017 and each later 1 July in line with increases in the consumer price index (see section 99).

Medicare levy means the Medicare levy imposed by the Medicare Levy Act 1986.

minimum repayment income has the same meaning as in the Higher Education Support Act 2003.

officer means a person engaged (whether as an employee or otherwise) by any of the following:

 (a) an Agency (within the meaning of the Public Service Act 1999);

 (b) another authority of the Commonwealth;

 (c) a person or organisation that performs services for the Commonwealth.

overpayment debt has the meaning given by section 90.

permanent visa has the same meaning as in the Migration Act 1958.

personal information has the same meaning as in the Privacy Act 1988.

qualifying apprenticeship has the meaning given by subsection 8(2).

quarter means a period of 3 months ending on 31 March, 30 June, 30 September or 31 December.

relevant instalment period has the meaning given by paragraph 16(1)(b).

repayable AASL debt has the meaning given by section 47.

repayment income has the same meaning as in the Higher Education Support Act 2003.

return means an income tax return within the meaning of subsection 9951(1) of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.

reviewable Commissioner decision has the meaning given by subsection 77(1).

reviewable decision has the meaning given by subsection 77(3).

reviewable Secretary decision has the meaning given by subsection 77(2).

reviewer has the meaning given by section 78.

rules means rules made under section 106.

Secretary means the Secretary of the Department.

taxable income has the meaning given by section 415 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.

undertaking, in relation to a qualifying apprenticeship, has a meaning affected by subsection 8(3).

voluntary AASL repayment means a payment made to the Commissioner in discharge of an accumulated AASL debt or an AASL debt. It does not include a payment made in discharge of a compulsory AASL repayment amount.

yearly rate has the meaning given by subsection 24(1).

6  When Australian apprenticeship support loan is being paid to a person

  A reference in this Act to a person to whom Australian apprenticeship support loan is being paid is a reference to a person for whom there is in effect a determination granting the person’s application for Australian apprenticeship support loan.

Chapter 2Loan payments

Part 2.1Qualification and payability

 

7  Simplified outline of this Part

Australian apprenticeship support loan is an incomecontingent loan. A person who receives Australian apprenticeship support loan must repay it, through the tax system, after the person’s income reaches a certain threshold.

Broadly, the requirements to receive Australian apprenticeship support loan may be met by a person who is undertaking a qualifying apprenticeship. The person must meet the requirements at the end of each instalment period for the person.

There is a lifetime limit on the total Australian apprenticeship support loan a person can receive.

8  Qualification

Qualification for Australian apprenticeship support loan

 (1) A person is qualified for Australian apprenticeship support loan if:

 (a) the person is an Australian resident; and

 (b) the person is undertaking a qualifying apprenticeship; and

 (c) the person has notified the Secretary of the person’s tax file number; and

 (d) the person meets any other conditions prescribed by the rules.

When a person is undertaking a qualifying apprenticeship

 (2) A qualifying apprenticeship is an apprenticeship:

 (a) through which a person is undertaking a qualification:

 (i) at a level prescribed by the rules; and

 (ii) leading to an occupation or a qualification specified on the Australian Apprenticeships Priority List; and

 (b) which meets any other requirements prescribed by the rules.

 (3) The rules may prescribe circumstances in which a person is, or is not, taken to be undertaking a qualifying apprenticeship.

 (4) Without limiting the circumstances that may be prescribed for the purposes of subsection (3), the rules may prescribe, as circumstances in which a person is taken to be undertaking a qualifying apprenticeship, the period between:

 (a) the time a person successfully completes a qualifying apprenticeship; and

 (b) the time a designated State/Territory training authority notifies the Secretary that the person has done so.

9  Lifetime limit

  If, on a day, the sum of the instalments of Australian apprenticeship support loan:

 (a) that have been paid to the person; and

 (b) that are to be paid to the person in relation to an instalment period of the person in accordance with section 23;

totals the lifetime limit, then:

 (c) the person ceases to be qualified for Australian apprenticeship support loan immediately after that day; and

 (d) the person cannot again qualify for Australian apprenticeship support loan (even if the lifetime limit is increased after that day).

10  Payability

 (1) Australian apprenticeship support loan is payable to a person, in relation to an instalment period of the person, if:

 (a) the person is qualified for Australian apprenticeship support loan on the final day of the instalment period; and

 (b) the person was undertaking a qualifying apprenticeship for the whole of the instalment period; and

 (c) the person made an application for Australian apprenticeship support loan:

 (i) on or before that final day; or

 (ii) if the Secretary allows a later day for the person—on or before that later day.

 (1A) The Secretary may allow a later day under subparagraph (1)(c)(ii) only in the circumstances prescribed by the rules.

 (2) An instalment period of a person is a period:

 (a) starting or ending on a day determined for the person in accordance with the rules; and

 (b) of the duration prescribed by the rules.

 (3) The duration prescribed by the rules for the purposes of paragraph (2)(b) must be a duration specified in column 1 of the table. For the purposes of working out the amount of an instalment of Australian apprenticeship support loan for an instalment period under section 23, the divisor for each duration is specified in column 2.

 

Duration of prescribed instalment periods

Item

Column 1
The duration may be…

Column 2
The divisor for that duration is…

1

a week

52

2

a fortnight

26

3

a month

12

4

3 months

4

5

6 months

2

6

a year

1

11  Special case qualification and payability

 (1) If:

 (a) an amount is paid to a person as an instalment of Australian apprenticeship support loan in relation to an instalment period of the person; and

 (b) apart from this section, some or all of the amount is not payable to the person in relation to the instalment period; and

 (c) the Secretary determines that this subsection is to apply to the person;

then:

 (d) the amount that was paid to the person is taken to have been an instalment of Australian apprenticeship support loan; and

 (e) the person is taken to have been qualified for Australian apprenticeship support loan, and Australian apprenticeship support loan is taken to have been payable to the person, in relation to the instalment period.

 (2) The rules may prescribe circumstances in which the Secretary is to determine that subsection (1) is, or is not, to apply to a person.

 (3) If:

 (a) an amount paid to a person is taken under subsection (1) to have been an instalment of Australian apprenticeship support loan in relation to an instalment period; and

 (b) an instalment of Australian apprenticeship support loan (a later instalment) is payable (or would apart from this subsection be payable) to the person in relation to a later instalment period;

the Secretary may determine that the amount of the later instalment is to be reduced (including reduced to nil). However, the sum of all such reductions connected with the amount mentioned in paragraph (a) must not exceed that amount.

 (4) The rules may prescribe circumstances in which the Secretary is to determine under subsection (3) that amounts of later instalments are to be reduced.

Part 2.2Machinery provisions for payments

Division 1Simplified outline of this Part

12  Simplified outline of this Part

A person who wants to be paid Australian apprenticeship support loan must make an application. The Secretary will determine the application and, if satisfied the person meets or will meet all the requirements, will also determine the rate at which Australian apprenticeship support loan is to be paid.

A determination granting a person’s application for Australian apprenticeship support loan will cease to have effect after a certain period (unless the person’s Australian apprenticeship support loan is cancelled before then), and the person must reapply to continue to receive Australian apprenticeship support loan.

Australian apprenticeship support loan can be cancelled, or the rate of Australian apprenticeship support loan increased or reduced, if the person’s circumstances change.

Australian apprenticeship support loan can also be cancelled on the person’s request.

Australian apprenticeship support loan is paid in regular instalments into the person’s bank account.

Division 2Applications

13  Application

 (1) A person who wants to be paid Australian apprenticeship support loan must make an application for Australian apprenticeship support loan in accordance with this section.

 (2) The application must be:

 (a) in a form approved by the Secretary; and

 (b) lodged in a manner prescribed by the rules.

 (3) A form approved for the purposes of paragraph (2)(a) must provide for a parent or guardian (if any) of an applicant who is aged under 18 at the time the applicant makes the application to acknowledge that the applicant is fully aware of the commitment into which the applicant is entering.

14  Withdrawal of application

 (1) A person may withdraw an application for Australian apprenticeship support loan that has not been determined.

 (2) An application that is withdrawn is taken not to have been made.

Division 3Determinations

15  Determination of application

  If a person makes an application for Australian apprenticeship support loan, the Secretary must make a determination either granting or refusing the application.

16  Grant of application

 (1) The Secretary must make a determination granting an application for Australian apprenticeship support loan if the Secretary is satisfied that:

 (a) the applicant is qualified for Australian apprenticeship support loan; and

 (b) Australian apprenticeship support loan is expected to be payable to the applicant in relation to one or more instalment periods (a relevant instalment period) ending before the end of the period specified for the purposes of subsection (2).

 (2) The determination must specify the period at the end of which the determination ceases to have effect.

 (3) The rules may prescribe the periods that are to be specified in determinations for the purposes of subsection (2).

 (4) If the Secretary makes a determination granting an application for Australian apprenticeship support loan, the Secretary must also make a determination of the applicant’s yearly rate of Australian apprenticeship support loan for each relevant instalment period.

17  Deemed refusal of application

  If the Secretary does not determine an application before the end of 13 weeks after the day the application was lodged, the Secretary is taken to have made, at the end of that period, a determination refusing the application.

18  Variation of rate

  If the Secretary is satisfied that the rate at which Australian apprenticeship support loan is being paid to the person in relation to a relevant instalment period of the person is more or less than the rate provided for by this Act, the Secretary must make a determination that the rate is varied accordingly.

19  Cancellation

 (1) The Secretary must make a determination cancelling Australian apprenticeship support loan that is being paid to a person if the Secretary is satisfied that:

 (a) the person is not qualified for Australian apprenticeship support loan; or

 (b) Australian apprenticeship support loan was not or will not be payable to the person in relation to a relevant instalment period of the person; or

 (c) the person has requested that the person’s Australian apprenticeship support loan be cancelled.

 (2) The Secretary may make a determination cancelling Australian apprenticeship support loan that is being paid to a person if:

 (a) the person has been given:

 (i) a notice under section 59; or

 (ii) a notice under section 71 that requires the person to inform the Secretary of an event or change of circumstance; and

 (b) the person does not comply with the notice.

20  Date of effect of determinations

 (1) A determination takes effect from the date of effect specified in the determination, which may be earlier or later than the date the determination is made.

 (2) A determination that the Secretary is taken to have made because of subsection 102(3) (use of a computer program to make decisions) takes effect from the date the relevant decision was made by operation of the computer program, unless the Secretary subsequently determines otherwise.

 (3) Without limiting subsection (1) or (2), a determination cancelling Australian apprenticeship support loan that is being paid to a person, or reducing the person’s rate of Australian apprenticeship support loan, because of an event or change of circumstance that occurred before the day the determination was made, may be specified to take effect:

 (a) on the day the event or change of circumstance occurred, if the person was required to inform the Secretary of it and did not do so as required; or

 (b) on a later day, if:

 (i) the person was required to inform the Secretary of it and did so as required; or

 (ii) was not required to inform the Secretary of it.

 (4) Subsection (3) does not limit when a determination of the kind referred to in that subsection may be specified to take effect.

21  When determination ceases to be in effect

 (1) A determination granting a person’s application for Australian apprenticeship support loan continues in effect until the earliest of:

 (a) the end of the day immediately before the day a determination under section 19 takes effect cancelling Australian apprenticeship support loan that is being paid to the person; or

 (b) the end of the period specified in the determination for the purposes of subsection 16(2) (expiry); or

 (c) the end of the day immediately before the day on which the person dies.

 (2) A determination of a person’s rate of Australian apprenticeship support loan continues in effect until the end of the day immediately before the day a determination under section 18 takes effect varying the person’s rate of Australian apprenticeship support loan.

Division 4Payment

22  Payment by instalments

 (1) Australian apprenticeship support loan is to be paid by instalments.

 (2) The Secretary must pay an instalment of Australian apprenticeship support loan to a person, in relation to an instalment period of the person, if:

 (a) a determination is in effect granting the person’s application for Australian apprenticeship support loan; and

 (b) the Secretary is satisfied that Australian apprenticeship support loan is payable to the person in relation to the instalment period.

 (3) The instalment is to be paid to the person on the day after the end of the instalment period that is determined by the Secretary to be the earliest day on which it is reasonably practicable to make the payment.

23  Amount of instalment

 (1) The amount of an instalment of Australian apprenticeship support loan that is to be paid in relation to an instalment period of a person is worked out by dividing:

 (a) the yearly rate determined under subsection 16(4) for the instalment period; by

 (b) the divisor specified in the table in subsection 10(3) for the instalment period duration.

Note: For example, if instalment periods are a month, the divisor is 12.

 (2) The amount of an instalment worked out under subsection (1) is reduced as necessary to ensure that Australian apprenticeship support loan totalling more than the lifetime limit is not to be paid to a person.

 (3) If the amount of an instalment would be:

 (a) one or more whole dollars and a part of a cent; or

 (b) one or more whole dollars and cents and a part of a cent;

the amount is to be increased or decreased (increased, in the case of half a cent) to the nearest whole cent.

 (4) If, apart from this subsection, the amount of an instalment would be less than $1.00, the amount is to be increased to $1.00.

24  Yearly rate of Australian apprenticeship support loan

 (1) A person’s yearly rate of Australian apprenticeship support loan is:

 (a) if the person is undertaking the first year of an apprenticeship on the final day of an instalment period—$8,000; and

 (b) if the person is undertaking the second year of an apprenticeship on the final day of an instalment period—$6,000; and

 (c) if the person is undertaking the third year of an apprenticeship on the final day of an instalment period—$4,000; and

 (d) if the person is undertaking the fourth (or later) year of an apprenticeship on the final day of an instalment period—$2,000.

Note: The yearly rates are indexed on 1 July 2017 and each later 1 July in line with increases in the consumer price index (see section 99).

 (2) The rules may prescribe one or more ways of determining, or criteria to be considered in determining, the year of an apprenticeship a person is undertaking on any particular day.

25  Payment into bank account

 (1) An instalment of Australian apprenticeship support loan that is to be paid to a person is to be paid to the credit of a bank account nominated and maintained by the person.

 (3) The account may be an account that is maintained by the person either alone or jointly or in common with another person.

Chapter 3Loan repayments

Part 3.1Incurring debts

Division 1Simplified outline of this Part

26  Simplified outline of this Part

Australian apprenticeship support loan that is paid to a person must be repaid by the person through the tax system, after the person’s income reaches a certain threshold.

Each time a person receives an instalment of Australian apprenticeship support loan, the person incurs a debt called an AASL debt (except in certain circumstances when the loan is recoverable as an overpayment debt under Part 4.3 of this Act).

Each AASL debt is incorporated into the person’s accumulated AASL debt. This accumulated AASL debt forms the basis for working out the amounts the person is obliged to repay.

Division 2AASL debts

27  AASL debts

 (1) If an instalment of Australian apprenticeship support loan is paid to a person, the person incurs, on the day the instalment is paid, an AASL debt to the Commonwealth of an amount equal to the amount of the instalment.

 (2) Subsection (1) does not apply to an instalment or part of an instalment if the amount of the instalment or part is an overpayment debt.

28  AASL debt discharged by death

  Upon the death of a person who owes an AASL debt to the Commonwealth, the debt is taken to have been paid.

Note: AASL debts are not provable in bankruptcy: see subsection 82(3AB) of the Bankruptcy Act 1966.

29  Notice to Commissioner

 (1) If a person incurs an AASL debt, the Secretary must give the Commissioner a notice specifying the amount of the debt incurred by the person.

 (2) The Secretary may include in the notice any other details the Commissioner requests for the purpose of ensuring the Commissioner has the information needed to exercise powers or perform functions of the Commissioner under this Act.

Division 3Accumulated AASL debts

30  Simplified outline of this Division

There are 2 stages to working out a person’s accumulated AASL debt for a financial year.

In stage 1, the person’s former accumulated AASL debt is worked out by adjusting the preceding financial year’s accumulated AASL debt to take account of:

 (a) indexation using the AASL debt indexation factor; and

 (b) the debts that the person incurs during the last 6 months of the preceding financial year; and

 (c) any completion discount for the person; and

 (d) voluntary AASL repayments of the debt; and

 (e) compulsory AASL repayment amounts in respect of the debt.

In stage 2, the person’s accumulated AASL debt is worked out from:

 (a) the person’s former accumulated AASL debt; and

 (b) the AASL debts that the person incurs during the first 6 months of the financial year; and

 (c) any completion discount for the person; and

 (d) voluntary AASL repayments of the debt.

31  Stage 1—working out a former accumulated AASL debt

 (1) A person’s former accumulated AASL debt, in relation to the person’s accumulated AASL debt for a financial year, is worked out by multiplying:

 (a) the amount worked out using the following method statement; by

 (b) the AASL debt indexation factor for 1 June in that financial year.

Method statement

Step 1. Take the person’s accumulated AASL debt for the immediately preceding financial year. (This amount is taken to be zero if the person has no accumulated AASL debt for that financial year.)

Step 2. Add the sum of all of the AASL debts (if any) that the person incurred during the last 6 months of the immediately preceding financial year.

Step 3. Subtract the amount of the completion discount for the person, if the Secretary notified the Commissioner of a completion discount for the person under section 40 during the period:

 (a) starting on 1 June in the immediately preceding financial year; and

 (b) ending immediately before the next 1 June.

Step 4. Subtract the sum of the amounts by which the person’s debts referred to in steps 1 and 2 are reduced because of any voluntary AASL repayments that have been made during the period:

 (a) starting on 1 June in the immediately preceding financial year; and

 (b) ending immediately before the next 1 June.

Step 5. Subtract the sum of all of the person’s compulsory AASL repayment amounts that:

 (a) were assessed during that period (excluding any assessed as a result of a return given before that period); or

 (b) were assessed after the end of that period as a result of a return given before the end of that period.

Step 6. Subtract the sum of the amounts by which any compulsory AASL repayment amount of the person is increased (whether as a result of an increase in the person’s taxable income of an income year or otherwise) by an amendment of an assessment made during that period.

Step 7. Add the sum of the amounts by which any compulsory AASL repayment amount of the person is reduced (whether as a result of a reduction in the person’s taxable income of an income year or otherwise) by an amendment of an assessment made during that period.

 (2) For the purposes of this section, an assessment, or an amendment of an assessment, is taken to have been made on the day specified in the notice of assessment, or notice of amended assessment, as the date of issue of that notice.

32  AASL debt indexation factor

 (1) The AASL debt indexation factor for 1 June in a financial year is the number (rounded to 3 decimal places) worked out as follows:

Method statement

Step 1. Add:

 (a) the index number for the quarter ending on 31 March in that financial year; and

 (b) the index numbers for the 3 quarters that immediately preceded that quarter.

Step 2. Add:

 (a) the index number for the quarter ending on 31 March in the immediately preceding financial year; and

 (b) the index numbers for the 3 quarters that immediately preceded that quarter.

Step 3. The AASL debt indexation factor for 1 June in the financial year is the result of step 1 divided by the result of step 2.

 (2) For the purposes of rounding an AASL debt indexation factor, the third decimal place is rounded up if, apart from the rounding:

 (a) the factor would have 4 or more decimal places; and

 (b) the fourth decimal place would be a number greater than 4.

33  Index numbers

 (1) The index number for a quarter is the All Groups Consumer Price Index number, being the weighted average of the 8 capital cities, published by the Australian Statistician in respect of that quarter.

 (2) Subject to subsection (3), if, at any time before or after the commencement of this Act:

 (a) the Australian Statistician has published or publishes an index number in respect of a quarter; and

 (b) that index number is in substitution for an index number previously published by the Australian Statistician in respect of that quarter;

disregard the publication of the later index number for the purposes of this section.

 (3) If, at any time before or after the commencement of this Act, the Australian Statistician has changed or changes the index reference period for the All Groups Consumer Price Index, then, in applying this section after the change took place or takes place, have regard only to index numbers published in terms of the new index reference period.

34  Publishing AASL debt indexation factors

  The Commissioner must cause to be published before 1 June in each financial year the AASL debt indexation factor for that 1 June.

35  Stage 2—working out an accumulated AASL debt

 (1) A person’s accumulated AASL debt, for a financial year, is worked out as follows:

Start formula Former accumulated AASL debt plus AASL debts incurred minus Completion discount minus AASL debt repayments end formula

where:

AASL debt repayments is the sum of all of the voluntary AASL repayments (if any) paid, on or after 1 July in the financial year and before 1 June in that year, in reduction of the AASL debts incurred in that year.

AASL debts incurred is the sum of the amounts of all of the AASL debts (if any) that the person incurred during the first 6 months of the financial year.

completion discount means any completion discount for the person notified by the Secretary to the Commissioner under section 40 on or after 1 July in the financial year and before 1 June in that year.

former accumulated AASL debt is the person’s former accumulated AASL debt in relation to that accumulated AASL debt.

 (2) The person incurs the accumulated AASL debt on 1 June in the financial year.

36  Rounding of amounts

 (1) If, apart from this section, a person’s accumulated AASL debt would be an amount consisting of a number of whole dollars and a number of cents, disregard the number of cents.

 (2) If, apart from this section, a person’s accumulated AASL debt would be an amount of less than $1.00, the person’s accumulated AASL debt is taken to be zero.

37  Accumulated AASL debt discharges earlier debts

 (1) The accumulated AASL debt that a person incurs on 1 June in a financial year discharges, or discharges the unpaid part of:

 (a) any AASL debt that the person incurred during the calendar year immediately preceding that day; and

 (b) any accumulated AASL debt that the person incurred on the immediately preceding 1 June.

 (2) Nothing in subsection (1) affects the application of Division 2 or sections 31 and 35.

38  Accumulated AASL debt discharged by death

 (1) Upon the death of a person who has an accumulated AASL debt, the accumulated AASL debt is taken to be discharged.

 (2) To avoid doubt, this section does not affect any compulsory AASL repayment amounts required to be paid in respect of the accumulated AASL debt, whether or not those amounts were assessed before the person’s death.

Note: Accumulated AASL debts are not provable in bankruptcy: see subsection 82(3AB) of the Bankruptcy Act 1966.

Part 3.2Discharging debts

Division 1Simplified outline of this Part

39  Simplified outline of this Part

Australian apprenticeship support loan that is paid to a person must be repaid. Once the person’s income exceeds the minimum repayment income under the Higher Education Support Act 2003 and the person has finished repaying any debt under that Act and certain other incomecontingent loan schemes, the person must start repaying debt in relation to Australian apprenticeship support loan.

If the person successfully completes a qualifying apprenticeship, the person’s debts will be partially discharged by an amount called the completion discount. The completion discount is 20% of the total amount of instalments of Australian apprenticeship support loan that were paid to the person.

As well as the completion discount, the person’s debt is discharged by:

 (a) any repayments the person chooses to make at any time (voluntary repayments); and

 (b) repayments the person must make after the person’s income reaches the minimum repayment income (compulsory repayments).

The Commissioner makes assessments of compulsory repayments, which are collected in the same way as amounts of income tax.

Division 2Completion discount

40  Completion discount

 (1) If a designated State/Territory training authority notifies the Secretary that a person has successfully completed a qualifying apprenticeship, the Secretary must give the Commissioner a notice specifying the discount (the completion discount) determined for the person in accordance with subsection (2).

 (2) The person’s completion discount is the amount equal to 20% of the total amount of instalments of Australian apprenticeship support loan that were paid to the person in relation to instalment periods that ended:

 (a) before the person ceased to be undertaking the qualifying apprenticeship; and

 (b) if a notice under subsection (1) has previously been given in respect of an earlier qualifying apprenticeship undertaken by the person—after the person completed the earlier qualifying apprenticeship.

 (3) The rules may prescribe any of the following as a designated State/Territory training authority:

 (a) a State;

 (b) a Territory;

 (c) an authority of a State or Territory.

41  Application of completion discount

  If the Secretary notifies the Commissioner of a completion discount for a person under section 40, the amount of the completion discount is to be applied as follows:

 (a) first, in discharge or reduction of any accumulated AASL debt of the person;

 (b) second, in discharge or reduction of:

 (i) any AASL debt of the person; or

 (ii) if there is more than one such debt, those debts in the order in which they were incurred.

42  Refunding of payments

  If a person’s completion discount exceeds the sum of:

 (a) the amount required to discharge the total AASL debts and accumulated AASL debt that the person owed to the Commonwealth; and

 (b) the total amount of the person’s primary tax debts (within the meaning of Part IIB of the Taxation Administration Act 1953);

the Commonwealth must refund to the person an amount equal to that excess.

Division 3Voluntary discharge

43  Voluntary AASL repayments in respect of debts

 (1) A person may at any time make a payment in respect of an AASL debt or an accumulated AASL debt that the person owes to the Commonwealth.

 (2) The payment must be made to the Commissioner.

44  Application of voluntary AASL repayments

 (1) Any money a person pays under this Division to meet the person’s debts is to be applied in payment of those debts as the person directs at the time of the payment.

 (2) If the person has not given any directions, or the directions given do not adequately deal with the matter, any money available is to be applied as follows:

 (a) first, in discharge or reduction of any accumulated AASL debt of the person;

 (b) second, in discharge or reduction of:

 (i) any AASL debt of the person; or

 (ii) if there is more than one such debt, those debts in the order in which they were incurred.

45  Refunding of payments

  If:

 (a) a person pays an amount to the Commonwealth under this Division; and

 (b) the amount exceeds the sum of:

 (i) the amount required to discharge the total AASL debts and accumulated AASL debt that the person owed to the Commonwealth; and

 (ii) the total amount of the person’s primary tax debts (within the meaning of Part IIB of the Taxation Administration Act 1953);

the Commonwealth must refund to the person an amount equal to that excess.

Division 4Compulsory discharge

Subdivision ALiability to repay amounts

46  Liability to repay amounts

 (1) If:

 (a) a person’s repayment income for an income year exceeds the minimum repayment income for the income year; and

 (b) on 1 June immediately preceding the making of an assessment in respect of the person’s income of that income year, the person had an accumulated AASL debt;

the person is liable to pay to the Commonwealth, in accordance with this Division, so much of the person’s repayable AASL debt for the income year as does not exceed the amount worked out by the formula:

Start formula Applicable percentage of repayment income minus Relevant income-contingent loans liability end formula

where:

applicable percentage of repayment income means the amount that is the percentage of the person’s repayment income applicable under the table in section 15420 of the Higher Education Support Act 2003.

relevant incomecontingent loans liability means the amount that is the sum of the following:

 (a) the sum of any amounts the person is liable to pay under section 1541 or 15416 of the Higher Education Support Act 2003 in respect of the income year;

 (aa) the sum of any amounts the person is liable to pay under section 23EA or 23EC of the VET Student Loans Act 2016 in respect of the income year;

 (b) the sum of any amounts the person is liable to pay under section 1061ZZEZ of the Social Security Act 1991, or section 12ZK of the Student Assistance Act 1973, in respect of the income year;

 (c) any amount the person is liable to pay under section 1061ZVHA of the Social Security Act 1991 in respect of the income year;

 (d) any amount the person is liable to pay under section 10F of the Student Assistance Act 1973 in respect of the income year.

 (2) A person is not liable under this section to pay an amount for an income year if the amount worked out under subsection (1) is zero or less.

 (3) A person is not liable under this section to pay an amount for an income year if, under section 8 of the Medicare Levy Act 1986:

 (a) no Medicare levy is payable by the person on the person’s taxable income for the income year; or

 (b) the amount of the Medicare levy payable by the person on the person’s taxable income for the income year is reduced.

47  Repayable AASL debt for an income year

 (1) A person’s repayable AASL debt for an income year is:

 (a) the person’s accumulated AASL debt referred to in paragraph 46(1)(b) in relation to that income year; or

 (b) if any or all of the following apply:

 (i) that debt has been reduced by the amount of a completion discount for the person;

 (ii) one or more amounts have been paid in reduction of that debt;

 (iii) one or more amounts have been assessed under section 48 to be payable in respect of that debt;

  the amount (if any) remaining after deducting from that debt any amounts referred to in subparagraphs (i), (ii) and (iii).

 (2) A reference in paragraph (1)(b) of this section to an amount assessed to be payable is, if the amount has been increased or reduced by an amendment of the relevant assessment, a reference to the increased amount or the reduced amount.

Subdivision AALiability of overseas debtors to repay amounts

47A  Liability of overseas debtors to repay amounts

 (1) If:

 (a) a person is a foreign resident during an income year; and

 (b) the person’s assessed worldwide income for the income year exceeds the minimum repayment income for the income year; and

 (c) on 1 June immediately preceding the making of an assessment in respect of the person’s income of that income year, the person had an accumulated AASL debt;

the person is liable to pay to the Commonwealth, in accordance with this Division, a levy of the amount worked out under subsection (2).

Note: An amount a person is liable to pay under this section is imposed as a levy under the Student Loans (Overseas Debtors Repayment Levy) Act 2015.

 (2) The amount of levy that a person is liable to pay under this section, in respect of an income year, is an amount equal to the difference between:

 (a) the amount that the person would have been liable to pay under section 46 if:

 (i) the person had a repayment income for the income year of an amount equal to the person’s assessed worldwide income for the income year; and

 (ii) subsection 46(3) did not apply to the person; and

 (b) the amount (if any) the person is liable to pay under section 46, in respect of the income year.

47B  Assessed worldwide income

 (1) A person’s assessed worldwide income for an income year is an amount equal to the sum of:

 (a) the person’s repayment income for the income year; and

 (b) the person’s foreignsourced income for the income year, converted into Australian currency.

 (2) The rules may provide for how to work out a person’s foreignsourced income for an income year, including how to convert it into Australian currency.

 (3) Without limiting subsection (2), the rules may provide for a person’s foreignsourced income for an income year to be worked out in relation to a period that does not correspond to that income year.

47C  Notices to be given to the Commissioner

Notice relating to leaving Australia

 (1) A person who:

 (a) has an accumulated AASL debt or otherwise has an AASL debt that has not yet been discharged; and

 (b) leaves Australia (other than in circumstances specified in the rules) with the intention of remaining outside Australia for at least 183 days;

must, no later than 7 days after leaving Australia, give a notice to the Commissioner in the approved form.

Notice relating to absence from Australia

 (2) A person who:

 (a) has an accumulated AASL debt or otherwise has an AASL debt that has not yet been discharged; and

 (b) has been outside Australia for at least 183 days (other than in circumstances specified in the rules) in any 12 month period; and

 (c) was not required under subsection (1) to give a notice to the Commissioner in connection with that absence from Australia;

must, no later than 7 days after the end of those 183 days, give a notice to the Commissioner in the approved form.

Notice relating to income (including foreignsourced income)

 (3) A person who:

 (a) is a foreign resident; and

 (b) on 1 June immediately preceding an income year, had an accumulated AASL debt;

must (other than in circumstances specified in the rules) give to the Commissioner, in the approved form, a notice relating to the person’s income (including foreignsourced income) for the income year. The notice must be given within the period specified in the form.

Note: The Commissioner may defer the time for giving the return: see section 38855 in Schedule 1 to the Taxation Administration Act 1953.

Content of notices under this section

 (4) The rules may provide for the content of notices under this section.

Subdivision BAssessments

48  Commissioner may make assessments

  The Commissioner may, from any information in the Commissioner’s possession, whether from a return or otherwise, make an assessment of:

 (a) the person’s accumulated AASL debt on 1 June immediately before the making of the assessment; and

 (b) the amount required to be paid in respect of the person’s repayable AASL debt under section 46 or 47A.

49  Notification of notices of assessment of tax

  If:

 (a) the Commissioner is required to serve on a person a notice of assessment in respect of the person’s income of an income year under section 174 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936; and

 (b) the Commissioner has made, in respect of the person, an assessment under paragraph 48(b) of this Act of the amounts referred to in that paragraph; and

 (c) notice of the assessment under that paragraph has not been served on the person;

notice of the assessment under that paragraph may be served by specifying the amounts concerned in the notice referred to in paragraph (a).

50  Commissioner may defer making assessments

 (1) A person may apply in the approved form to the Commissioner for deferral of the making of an assessment in respect of the person under section 48.

 (2) The application must specify:

 (a) the income year for which the deferral is being sought; and

 (b) the reasons for seeking the deferral.

 (3) The income year specified in the application must be:

 (a) the income year in which the person makes the application; or

 (b) the immediately preceding income year; or

 (c) the immediately succeeding income year.

 (4) The Commissioner may, on application by a person under this section, defer making an assessment in respect of the person under section 48 if the Commissioner is of the opinion that:

 (a) if the assessment were made, payment of the assessed amount would cause serious hardship to the person; or

 (b) there are other special reasons that make it fair and reasonable to defer making the assessment.

 (5) The Commissioner may defer making the assessment for any period that he or she thinks appropriate.

 (6) The Commissioner must, as soon as practicable after an application is made under this section:

 (a) consider the matter to which the application relates; and

 (b) notify the applicant of the Commissioner’s decision on the application.

Note: Deferrals of making assessments, or refusals of applications, are reviewable under Part 4.2.

51  Commissioner may amend assessments

 (1) A person may apply in the approved form to the Commissioner for an amendment of an assessment made in respect of the person under section 48 so that:

 (a) the amount payable under the assessment is reduced; or

 (b) no amount is payable under the assessment.

 (2) The application:

 (a) must be made within 2 years after the day on which the Commissioner gives notice of the assessment to the person; or

 (b) must specify the reasons justifying a later application.

 (3) The Commissioner may, on application by a person under this section, amend an assessment made in respect of the person under section 48 so that:

 (a) the amount payable under the assessment is reduced; or

 (b) no amount is payable under the assessment;

if the Commissioner is of the opinion that:

 (c) payment of the assessed amount has caused or would cause serious hardship to the person; or

 (d) there are other special reasons that make it fair and reasonable to make the amendment.

 (4) The Commissioner must, as soon as practicable after an application is made under this section:

 (a) consider the matter to which the application relates; and

 (b) notify the applicant of the Commissioner’s decision on the application.

Note: Amendments of assessments, or refusals of applications, are reviewable under Part 4.2.

Part 3.3Application of tax legislation

 

52  Simplified outline of this Part

The Commissioner is responsible for the recovery of AASL debts and accumulated AASL debts, and for matters relating to tax file numbers. So that the Commissioner has the appropriate powers to fulfil those responsibilities, the relationship between Australian apprenticeship support loan matters and parts of the taxation law is dealt with here.

53  Returns, assessments, collection and recovery

  Subject to Part 3.2 and this Part:

 (a) Part IV of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936; and

 (b) Division 5 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997; and

 (c) Part 415 in Schedule 1 to the Taxation Administration Act 1953;

apply, so far as they are capable of application, in relation to a compulsory AASL repayment amount of a person as if it were income tax assessed to be payable by a taxpayer by an assessment made under Part IV of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936.

54  Charges and civil penalties for failing to meet obligations

 (1) Part 425 in Schedule 1 to the Taxation Administration Act 1953 has effect as if:

 (a) any compulsory AASL repayment amount of a person were income tax payable by the person in respect of the income year in respect of which the assessment of that debt was made; and

 (b) this Chapter, paragraph 8(1)(c) and Division 3 of Part 4.1, were income tax laws.

 (2) Subsection (1) does not have the effect of making a person liable to a penalty for any act or omission that happened before the commencement of this subsection.

55  Pay as you go (PAYG) withholding

  Part 25 (other than section 1255 and Subdivisions 12E, 12F and 12G) in Schedule 1 to the Taxation Administration Act 1953 applies, so far as it is capable of application, in relation to the collection of amounts of a compulsory AASL repayment amount of a person as if the compulsory AASL repayment amount were income tax.

56  Pay as you go (PAYG) instalments

  Division 45 in Schedule 1 to the Taxation Administration Act 1953 applies, so far as it is capable of application, in relation to the collection of a compulsory AASL repayment amount of a person as if the compulsory AASL repayment amount were income tax.

56A  Failures to comply with section 47C

  Part III of the Taxation Administration Act 1953 applies in relation to a failure to comply with section 47C of this Act as if that section were a taxation law (within the meaning of section 2 of that Act).

57  Extent of Commissioner’s general administration of this Act

  The Commissioner has the general administration of this Act to the following extent:

 (a) this Chapter;

 (b) paragraph 8(1)(c);

 (c) Division 3 of Part 4.1;

 (d) Part 4.2, so far as it relates to reviewable Commissioner decisions.

Note: One effect of this is that these provisions are taxation laws for the purposes of the Taxation Administration Act 1953.

Chapter 4Administration

Part 4.1Information management

Division 1Simplified outline of this Part

58  Simplified outline of this Part

The Secretary may require a person to give information for the purposes of the Act.

The Secretary can require a person who has applied for, or is being paid, Australian apprenticeship support loan, to inform the Secretary of events or changes of circumstance that might affect whether Australian apprenticeship support loan is payable to the person.

The Commissioner and the Secretary are permitted to exchange tax file number information for the purposes of administering this Act.

Personal information can be obtained, recorded, used and disclosed for the purposes of this Act and in certain other cases.

Division 2General informationgathering powers

59  General power to obtain information

  The Secretary may, in accordance with section 62, require a person to give information, or produce a document that is in the person’s custody or under the person’s control, to the Secretary if the Secretary considers that the information or document may be relevant to one or more of the following matters:

 (a) whether a person who has applied for Australian apprenticeship support loan is or was qualified for Australian apprenticeship support loan;

 (b) whether Australian apprenticeship support loan is payable to a person for whom a determination is in effect granting the person’s application for Australian apprenticeship support loan;

 (c) whether Australian apprenticeship support loan was payable to a person to whom Australian apprenticeship support loan has been paid;

 (d) the rate of Australian apprenticeship support loan that is being or has been paid to a person.

60  Power to obtain information from a person who owes a debt to the Commonwealth

  The Secretary may, in accordance with section 62, require a person who owes an overpayment debt to the Commonwealth:

 (a) either to:

 (i) give to the Secretary information that is relevant to the person’s financial situation; or

 (ii) produce to the Secretary a document that is in the person’s custody or under the person’s control and is relevant to the person’s financial situation; and

 (b) if the person’s address changes—to inform the Secretary of the new address within 14 days, or within such longer period as is specified under paragraph 62(2)(c), after the change.

61  Obtaining information about a person who owes a debt to the Commonwealth

  If the Secretary believes that a person may have information or a document:

 (a) that would help the Secretary locate another person (the debtor) who owes an overpayment debt to the Commonwealth; or

 (b) that is relevant to the debtor’s financial situation;

the Secretary may, in accordance with section 62, require the person to give the information, or produce the document, to the Secretary.

62  Written notice

 (1) A requirement under section 59, 60 or 61 must be made by written notice given to the person of whom the requirement is made.

 (2) The notice:

 (a) may be given personally or by post or in any other manner approved by the Secretary; and

 (b) must specify:

 (i) how the person is to give the information or produce the document to which the requirement relates; and

 (ii) the period within which the person is to give the information or produce the document to the Secretary; and

 (iii) the officer or class of officer (if any) to whom the information is to be given or the document is to be produced; and

 (iv) that the notice is given under this section; and

 (c) may specify a period, longer than 14 days, for informing the Secretary of a change of the person’s address.

 (3) A notice is not invalid merely because it does not comply with subparagraph (2)(b)(i) or (iv).

 (4) The period specified under subparagraph (2)(b)(ii) must not end earlier than 14 days after the notice is given.

 (5) The notice may require the person to give the information by appearing before a specified officer to answer questions.

 (6) If the notice requires the person to appear before an officer, the notice must specify a time and place at which the person is to appear. The time must be at least 14 days after the notice is given.

63  Offence

 (1) A person commits an offence if:

 (a) the person is required under section 59, 60 or 61 to give information or produce a document; and

 (b) the person refuses or fails to comply with the requirement.

Penalty: Imprisonment for 12 months.

 (2) Subsection (1) does not apply if the person has a reasonable excuse.

Note: A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (2) (see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code).

64  Obligations not affected by State or Territory laws

  Nothing in a law of a State or Territory operates to prevent a person from complying with a requirement made under this Act to give information or produce a document to the Secretary.

Division 3Powers in relation to tax file numbers

65  Request for tax file number

  The Secretary may request, but not require, a person who wishes to make an application for Australian apprenticeship support loan to give the Secretary, or a specified officer or officer of a specified class, a written statement of the person’s tax file number.

Note: A person who does not notify a tax file number to the Secretary cannot qualify for Australian apprenticeship support loan (see paragraph 8(1)(c)).

66  Verification of tax file numbers

 (1) The Secretary may provide to the Commissioner a tax file number that a person has notified to the Secretary for the purposes of paragraph 8(1)(c), for the purpose of verifying that the number is the person’s tax file number.

 (2) If the Commissioner is satisfied that the number is the person’s tax file number, the Commissioner may give the Secretary a written notice informing the Secretary accordingly.

67  When person with tax file number incorrectly notifies number

 (1) If the Commissioner is satisfied:

 (a) that the tax file number that a person has notified to the Secretary for the purposes of paragraph 8(1)(c):

 (i) has been cancelled or withdrawn since the notification was given; or

 (ii) is otherwise wrong; and

 (b) that the person has a tax file number;

the Commissioner may give to the Secretary written notice of the incorrect notification and of the person’s tax file number.

 (2) That number is taken to be the number that the person notified to the Secretary.

68  When person without tax file number incorrectly notifies number

 (1) If:

 (a) the Commissioner is satisfied that the tax file number that a person notified to the Secretary for the purposes of paragraph 8(1)(c):

 (i) has been cancelled since the notification was given; or

 (ii) is for any other reason not the person’s tax file number; and

 (b) the Commissioner is not satisfied that the person has a tax file number;

the Commissioner may give to the Secretary a written notice informing the Secretary accordingly.

 (2) The Commissioner must give a copy of any notice under subsection (1) to the person concerned, together with a written statement of the reasons for the decision to give the notice.

Note: Decisions to give notice under subsection (1) are reviewable (see section 202F of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936).

69  When tax file numbers are altered

 (1) If the Commissioner issues, to a person who has notified a tax file number to the Secretary for the purposes of paragraph 8(1)(c), a new tax file number in place of a tax file number that has been withdrawn, the Commissioner may give to the Secretary a written notice informing the Secretary accordingly.

 (2) That new number is taken to be the number that the person notified to the Secretary.

70  When tax file numbers are cancelled

 (1) If the Commissioner cancels a tax file number issued to a person who has notified the tax file number to the Secretary for the purposes of paragraph 8(1)(c), the Commissioner may give to the Secretary a written notice informing the Secretary accordingly.

 (2) The Commissioner must give a copy of any notice under subsection (1) to the person concerned, together with a written statement of the reasons for the decision to give the notice.

Note: Decisions to give notice under subsection (1) are reviewable (see section 202F of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936).

Division 4Obligation to notify change of circumstance etc.

71  Notice requiring information or statements

 (1) The Secretary may, in accordance with section 72, require a person referred to in subsection (2) to inform the Secretary of any event or change of circumstance that occurs or is likely to occur, and that causes or would be likely to cause:

 (a) the person to cease to be qualified for Australian apprenticeship support loan; or

 (b) Australian apprenticeship support loan to cease to be payable to the person.

 (2) The notice may be given to any of the following:

 (a) a person who has made an application for Australian apprenticeship support loan that has not yet been determined;

 (b) a person for whom a determination is in effect granting the person’s application for Australian apprenticeship support loan.

72  Written notice

 (1) A requirement under section 71 must be made by written notice given to the person of whom the requirement is made.

 (2) The notice:

 (a) may be given personally or by post or in any other manner approved by the Secretary; and

 (b) must specify:

 (i) how the person is to give the information; and

 (ii) the period within which the person is to give the information; and

 (iii) the officer or class of officer (if any) to whom the information is to be given; and

 (iv) that the notice is an information notice given under this Act.

 (3) A notice is not invalid merely because it does not comply with subparagraph (2)(b)(i) or (iv).

 (4) The period specified for the purposes of subparagraph (2)(b)(ii) must not end earlier than 14 days after the day on which an event or change of circumstance covered by the notice occurs or the person first becomes aware that such an event or change of circumstance is likely to occur.

73  Offence

 (1) A person commits an offence if:

 (a) the person is given a notice under section 71; and

 (b) the person refuses or fails to comply with the notice.

Penalty: Imprisonment for 6 months.

 (2) Subsection (1) does not apply if the person has a reasonable excuse.

Note: A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (2) (see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code).

Division 5Use etc. of personal information

74  Use etc. of personal information

 (1) A person may obtain personal information for the purposes of this Act.

 (2) A person may:

 (a) make a record of personal information; or

 (b) disclose such information to another person; or

 (c) otherwise use such information;

if the record, disclosure or use made of the information is made:

 (d) for the purposes of this Act; or

 (e) with the express or implied authorisation of the person to whom the information relates.

 (3) A person may:

 (a) obtain personal information; or

 (b) make a record of such information; or

 (c) disclose such information to another person; or

 (d) otherwise use such information;

if the Secretary reasonably believes that the obtaining, recording, disclosure or use that is proposed to be made of the information is reasonably necessary for one or more of the following purposes:

 (e) research into matters of relevance to the Department;

 (f) statistical analysis of matters of relevance to the Department;

 (g) policy development.

75  Officer’s declaration

 (1) An officer must, if and when required by the Secretary or the Commissioner to do so, make an oath or affirmation to protect information in accordance with this Division.

 (2) The Secretary may determine in writing:

 (a) the form of the oath or affirmation that the Secretary will require; and

 (b) the manner in which the oath or affirmation must be made.

 (3) The Commissioner may determine in writing:

 (a) the form of the oath or affirmation that the Commissioner will require; and

 (b) the manner in which the oath or affirmation must be made.

Part 4.2Review of decisions

Division 1Introduction

76  Simplified outline of this Part

The Secretary can review most decisions made under this Act. The Commissioner can review certain Commissioner decisions. The Secretary or Commissioner can review decisions on his or her own initiative, or if a person asks for a review.

A decision on review can be further reviewed by application to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

77  Reviewable decisions

 (1) A decision under section 50 or 51 is a reviewable Commissioner decision.

 (2) A decision under this Act that is not:

 (a) a reviewable Commissioner decision; or

 (b) referred to in section 202F of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936; or

 (c) a decision under section 88;

is a reviewable Secretary decision.

 (3) A decision that is a reviewable Commissioner decision or a reviewable Secretary decision is a reviewable decision.

78  Reviewer of decisions

 (1) The reviewer of a reviewable Secretary decision is:

 (a) the Secretary; or

 (b) an authorised review officer.

 (2) The reviewer of a reviewable Commissioner decision is:

 (a) the Commissioner; or

 (b) a delegate of the Commissioner.

79  Authorised review officers

 (1) The Secretary may, in writing, authorise an officer to perform duties as an authorised review officer for the purposes of this Part.

 (2) If a decision that was made by a delegate of the Secretary or the Commissioner is to be reviewed by an authorised review officer or a delegate of the Commissioner, the authorised review officer or delegate must be a person who:

 (a) was not involved in making the decision; and

 (b) occupies a position that is senior to that occupied by any person involved in making the decision.

80  Notice of reasons for decision

  A person who makes a reviewable decision, or a decision on review of a reviewable decision, must include reasons for the decision in the notice of the decision.

Note: Section 27A of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975 requires notice of a decision and review rights to be given to persons whose interests are affected by the decision.

Division 2Internal review

81  Internal review

 (1) The reviewer of a reviewable decision may review the decision if satisfied that there is sufficient reason to do so.

 (2) The reviewer may review the decision:

 (a) whether or not any person has applied for review of the decision; and

 (b) even if an application has been made to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for review of the decision.

 (3) After reviewing the decision, the reviewer must:

 (a) affirm the decision; or

 (b) vary the decision; or

 (c) set the decision aside and substitute a new decision.

Note: Section 27A of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975 requires notice of a decision and review rights to be given to persons whose interests are affected by the decision. Section 80 of this Act requires reasons for the decision to be included.

 (4) The reviewer’s decision (the decision on review) to affirm, vary or set aside the decision takes effect:

 (a) on the day specified in the decision on review; or

 (b) if a day is not specified—on the day on which the decision on review was made.

82  Notice to AAT Registrar

  If:

 (a) a reviewer makes a decision under subsection 81(3); and

 (b) at the time of the reviewer’s decision, a person has applied to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for review of the decision reviewed by the reviewer;

the reviewer must give the Registrar of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal written notice of the reviewer’s decision under subsection 81(3).

83  Application for review

 (1) A person whose interests are affected by a reviewable Secretary decision may apply to the Secretary for review of the decision, by written notice given to the Secretary within 28 days, or such longer period as the Secretary allows, after the day on which the person first received notice of the decision.

 (2) A person whose interests are affected by a reviewable Commissioner decision may apply to the Commissioner for review of the decision, by written notice given to the Commissioner within 28 days, or such longer period as the Commissioner allows, after the day on which the person first received notice of the decision.

 (3) The person’s notice must set out the reasons for the application.

84  Withdrawal of application

 (1) A person who has applied for review of a decision may withdraw the application at any time before the review has been completed.

 (2) If an application for review of a decision is withdrawn, the application is taken never to have been made.

 (3) An application may be withdrawn orally or in writing or in any other manner approved by:

 (a) the Secretary, for an application in relation to a reviewable Secretary decision; or

 (b) the Commissioner, for an application in relation to a reviewable Commissioner decision.

85  Review of decisions following application under section 83

 (1) If a person applies under section 83 for review of a decision, the reviewer must:

 (a) review the decision; and

 (b) do one of the following:

 (i) affirm the decision;

 (ii) vary the decision;

 (iii) set the decision aside and substitute a new decision.

Note: Section 27A of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975 requires notice of a decision and review rights to be given to persons whose interests are affected by the decision. Section 80 of this Act requires reasons for the decision to be included.

 (2) The reviewer’s decision (the decision on review) to affirm, vary or set aside the decision takes effect:

 (a) on the day specified in the decision on review; or

 (b) if a day is not specified—on the day on which the decision on review was made.

 (3) The reviewer is taken, for the purposes of this Part, to have affirmed the decision if the reviewer does not give notice of a decision to the person within 45 days after receiving the person’s application.

Division 3Administrative Appeals Tribunal review of decisions

86  Review by AAT

  Applications may be made to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for review of decisions of a reviewer under subsection 81(3) or 85(1).

87  Decision changed before AAT review completed

Decision varied

 (1) If a reviewer varies a decision after an application has been made to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for review of that decision but before the determination of the application, the application is taken to be an application for review of the decision as varied.

Decision set aside and a new decision substituted

 (2) If a reviewer sets a decision aside and substitutes a new decision after an application has been made to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for review of that decision but before the determination of the application, the application is taken to be an application for review of the new decision.

88  Settlement of proceedings before the AAT

 (1) The Secretary may agree with other parties to proceedings before the Administrative Appeals Tribunal that relate to the recovery of an overpayment debt that the proceedings be settled. The agreement must be in writing.

 (2) If proceedings are settled and the Secretary gives the Administrative Appeals Tribunal a copy of the agreement to settle the proceedings, the application for review of the decision the subject of the proceedings is taken to have been dismissed.

Part 4.3Overpayment debts

 

89  Simplified outline of this Part

Usually, Australian apprenticeship support loan that is paid to a person must be repaid through the tax system in accordance with Part 3.2, after the person’s income reaches a certain threshold. However, in certain situations where Australian apprenticeship support loan is wrongly paid to a person, the amount becomes a debt under this Part called an overpayment debt.

Overpayment debts can be recovered through the courts, or under an arrangement the Commonwealth might enter into with the person.

90  Overpayment debt

 (1) If:

 (a) a payment of Australian apprenticeship support loan is made to a person; and

 (b) a person who obtains the benefit of the payment was not entitled for any reason to obtain that benefit;

the amount of the payment is a debt (an overpayment debt) due to the Commonwealth by the person and the debt is taken to have arisen when the person obtained the benefit of the payment.

 (2) Without limiting subsection (1), a person is taken not to have been entitled to obtain the benefit of the payment if the payment should not have been made for any of the following reasons:

 (a) the payment was made to the person by mistake as a result of a computer error or an administrative error;

 (b) the person for whose benefit the payment was intended to be made was not qualified to receive the payment;

 (c) the payment was not payable;

 (d) the payment was made as a result of a contravention of this Act, a false statement or a misrepresentation;

 (e) the payment was made in purported compliance with a direction or authority given by the person who was entitled to obtain the benefit of the payment but the direction or authority had been revoked or withdrawn before the payment was made;

 (f) the payment was intended to be made for the benefit of someone else who died before the payment was made.

 (3) Without limiting subsection (1), a person is taken not to have been entitled to obtain the benefit of so much of any payment made to the person for an instalment period in accordance with a determination under subsection 16(4) as exceeds the amount of the instalment that was payable to the person for that instalment period having regard to section 24 (yearly rate).

 (4) If the payment is made to, or as directed or authorised by, the person who is entitled to obtain the benefit of the payment, subsection (1) does not apply to any other person who afterwards obtains the benefit of the payment unless the other person obtained the benefit because of a mistake made by the first person in connection with the giving of the direction or authorisation.

 (4A) To avoid doubt, subsection (1) does not apply to a payment to the extent that it is covered by a determination under subsection 11(1).

 (5) Subsection (1) applies in relation to a payment made to a person whether or not the payment was made under a determination that had effect at the time when the payment was made.

 (6) A reference in this section to a payment of Australian apprenticeship support loan includes a reference to part of a payment of Australian apprenticeship support loan.

91  Overseas application

  Section 90 extends to:

 (a) acts, omissions, matters and things outside Australia, whether in a foreign country or not; and

 (b) all persons irrespective of nationality or citizenship.

92  Recovery of overpayment debt—payment arrangement

 (1) The Secretary may, on behalf of the Commonwealth, enter into an arrangement with a person under which the person is to pay an overpayment debt owed by the person to the Commonwealth, or the outstanding amount of such a debt, in a way set out in the arrangement.

 (2) The arrangement has effect from the date of effect specified in the arrangement, which may be earlier or later than the day on which the arrangement was entered into.

 (3) The Secretary may vary or terminate the arrangement:

 (a) at the debtor’s request; or

 (b) after giving the debtor 28 days’ notice of the proposed variation or termination; or

 (c) if the Secretary is satisfied that the debtor has failed to disclose material information about the debtor’s true capacity to repay the debt—without notice.

93  Recovery of overpayment debt—legal proceedings

  An overpayment debt is recoverable by the Commonwealth in a court of competent jurisdiction.

94  Secretary may write off overpayment debt

 (1) Subject to subsection (2), the Secretary may, on behalf of the Commonwealth, decide to write off an overpayment debt, for a stated period or otherwise.

 (2) The Secretary may decide to write off an overpayment debt under subsection (1) if, and only if:

 (a) the debt is irrecoverable at law; or

 (b) the debtor has no capacity to repay the debt; or

 (c) the debtor’s whereabouts are unknown after all reasonable efforts have been made to locate the debtor; or

 (d) it is not cost effective to take action to recover the debt.

 (3) For the purposes of paragraph (2)(a), an overpayment debt is irrecoverable at law if, and only if:

 (a) the debt cannot be recovered by means of legal proceedings because the period during which such proceedings may be brought has ended; or

 (b) there is no proof of the debt capable of sustaining legal proceedings for its recovery; or

 (c) the debtor is discharged from bankruptcy and the debt was incurred before the debtor became bankrupt and was not incurred by fraud; or

 (d) the debtor has died leaving no estate or insufficient funds in the debtor’s estate to repay the debt.

 (4) A decision made under subsection (1) takes effect on the date of effect specified in the decision (which may be earlier or later than the day the decision is made).

 (5) Nothing in this section prevents anything being done at any time to recover a debt that has been written off under this section.

95  Secretary’s power to waive overpayment debt

 (1) The Secretary may, on behalf of the Commonwealth, waive the Commonwealth’s right to recover the whole or part of an overpayment debt from a debtor only in the circumstances described in section 96 or 97.

 (2) A waiver takes effect on the date of effect specified in the waiver (which may be earlier or later than the day the decision to waive is made).

Note: If the Secretary waives the Commonwealth’s right to recover all or part of a debt, this is a permanent bar to recovery of the debt or part of the debt—the debt or part of the debt effectively ceases to exist.

96  Waiver of overpayment debt arising from error

 (1) If subsection (2) applies in relation to an overpayment debt, the Secretary must waive the right to recover so much of the debt as is attributable solely to an administrative error made by:

 (a) the Commonwealth; or

 (b) an authority of the Commonwealth; or

 (c) an organisation that performs services for the Commonwealth.

 (2) This subsection applies in relation to an overpayment debt if the debt is raised after the end of whichever of the following periods ends later:

 (a) the period of 6 weeks from the first payment that caused the debt;

 (b) if the debt arose because a person has complied with a notification obligation—the period of 6 weeks from the end of the notification period.

97  Waiver of small overpayment debt

  The Secretary must waive the right to recover an overpayment debt if:

 (a) the debt is, or is likely to be, less than $200; and

 (b) it is not cost effective for the Commonwealth to take action to recover the debt.

Chapter 5Miscellaneous

Part 5.1Miscellaneous

 

98  Simplified outline of this Part

This Part deals with miscellaneous matters.

99  Indexation of lifetime limit and yearly rate

 (1) Each of the following amounts:

 (a) the lifetime limit;

 (b) a yearly rate;

is to be indexed, on 1 July 2017 and each later 1 July (each such 1 July is an indexation day), in accordance with this section.

 (2) If an amount is to be indexed on an indexation day, this Act has effect as if the indexed amount were substituted for that amount on that day.

 (3) This is how to work out the indexed amount for an amount that is to be indexed on an indexation day:

Method statement

Step 1. Use subsection (4) to work out the annual indexation factor for the amount on the indexation day.

Step 2. Multiply the amount that is to be indexed by the annual indexation factor.

Step 3. If the result of step 2 is an amount of whole dollars, the result is the indexed amount. If the result of step 2 is an amount of whole dollars and cents, round the amount up or down (up in the case of 50 cents) to the nearest dollar. The result is the indexed amount.

 (4) Subject to subsections (5) and (6), the annual indexation factor for an amount that is to be indexed under this section on an indexation day is:

Start formula start fraction Index number for most recent March quarter before the indexation day over Index number for highest previous March quarter end fraction end formula

rounded to 3 decimal places.

 (5) For the purposes of subsection (4):

 (a) the highest previous March quarter is the March quarter, before the most recent March quarter before the indexation day, with the highest index number (disregarding any March quarter that is earlier than the 2014 March quarter); and

 (b) the third decimal place is rounded up if, apart from the rounding:

 (i) the factor would have 4 or more decimal places; and

 (ii) the fourth decimal place would be a number greater than 4.

Note: See section 33 for the definition of index number.

 (6) If an annual indexation factor worked out under subsections (4) and (5) would be less than 1, the indexation factor is to be increased to 1.

100  Application to under18s

 (1) Each of the following applies to a person aged under 18 in the same way that it applies to a person aged 18 or older:

 (a) this Act (other than subsection 13(3));

 (b) a provision of a taxation law (within the meaning of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997) to the extent to which it relates to this Act.

 (2) Subsection (1) does not by implication limit the application of other provisions of taxation law in relation to persons aged under 18.

101  Delegation by Secretary

 (1) The Secretary may, in writing, delegate to an officer all or any of the powers and functions of the Secretary under this Act.

 (2) In exercising powers or performing functions under a delegation, the delegate must comply with any written directions of the Secretary.

102  Use of computer program to make decisions

 (1) The Secretary may arrange for the use, under the Secretary’s control, of computer programs for any purposes for which the Secretary may make decisions under this Act.

 (2) A decision made by the operation of a computer program under an arrangement made under subsection (1) is taken to be a decision made by the Secretary.

 (3) If, because of subsection (2), the Secretary is taken to have made a decision that the Secretary is to make by determination, the Secretary is taken to have made a determination to that effect.

103  Annual report

 (1) As soon as practicable after 30 June in each year, the Secretary must give to the Minister a written report on the administrative operation of this Act during the financial year that ended on that 30 June.

 (2) The Minister must cause a copy of the report to be laid before each House of the Parliament within 15 sitting days of that House after the Minister receives the report.

104  Appropriation

  The following amounts are payable out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund, which is appropriated accordingly:

 (a) amounts that are to be paid to a person under Division 4 of Part 2.2;

 (b) any other amounts payable by the Commonwealth under this Act.

105  Australian Apprenticeships Priority List

 (1) The Minister may, by legislative instrument, determine a list (the Australian Apprenticeships Priority List) specifying:

 (a) occupations for which; or

 (b) qualifications leading to occupations for which;

in the opinion of the Minister, skilled persons are a priority.

Note: For variation and revocation, see subsection 33(3) of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

 (2) The Australian Apprenticeships Priority List may do any or all of the following:

 (a) specify occupations or qualifications by applying, adopting or incorporating, with or without modification, material in another instrument (whether or not a legislative instrument), including another instrument as in force or existing from time to time;

 (b) include, for a specified occupation or qualification, a final date.

 (3) If the Australian Apprenticeships Priority List includes a final date for a specified occupation or qualification, then, for the purposes of subparagraph 8(2)(a)(ii), that occupation or qualification is taken to be specified on the Australian Apprenticeships Priority List, but only in relation to apprenticeships started before the final date.

 (4) The Australian Apprenticeships Priority List may, in addition to including a final date for a specified occupation or qualification, make provision for matters of an application or transitional nature in relation to the addition, removal or modification of specified occupations or qualifications.

 (5) The Australian Apprenticeships Priority List must be published:

 (a) on the website of the Department; and

 (b) in any other way the Minister considers appropriate.

 (6) The Minister must take all reasonable steps to ensure that an instrument is in force under subsection (1) at all times after the commencement of this subsection.

 (7) In determining the Australian Apprenticeships Priority List, the Minister must have regard to any relevant advice given to the Minister by Jobs and Skills Australia under section 9 of the Jobs and Skills Australia Act 2022 in relation to either of the following matters:

 (a) Australia’s current and emerging labour market, including advice on workforce needs and priorities;

 (b) Australia’s current, emerging and future skills and training needs and priorities.

 (8) Subsection (7) does not prevent the Minister from having regard to other advice.

106  Rules

 (1) The Minister may, by legislative instrument, make rules prescribing matters:

 (a) required or permitted by this Act to be prescribed by the rules; or

 (b) necessary or convenient to be prescribed for carrying out or giving effect to this Act.

 (2) Without limiting subsection (1), the rules may prescribe matters of a transitional nature (including prescribing any saving or application provisions) arising out of changes to the rules or changes to the administration of Australian apprenticeship support loan.

Endnotes

Endnote 1—About the endnotes

The endnotes provide information about this compilation and the compiled law.

The following endnotes are included in every compilation:

Endnote 1—About the endnotes

Endnote 2—Abbreviation key

Endnote 3—Legislation history

Endnote 4—Amendment history

Abbreviation key—Endnote 2

The abbreviation key sets out abbreviations that may be used in the endnotes.

Legislation history and amendment history—Endnotes 3 and 4

Amending laws are annotated in the legislation history and amendment history.

The legislation history in endnote 3 provides information about each law that has amended (or will amend) the compiled law. The information includes commencement details for amending laws and details of any application, saving or transitional provisions that are not included in this compilation.

The amendment history in endnote 4 provides information about amendments at the provision (generally section or equivalent) level. It also includes information about any provision of the compiled law that has been repealed in accordance with a provision of the law.

Editorial changes

The Legislation Act 2003 authorises First Parliamentary Counsel to make editorial and presentational changes to a compiled law in preparing a compilation of the law for registration. The changes must not change the effect of the law. Editorial changes take effect from the compilation registration date.

If the compilation includes editorial changes, the endnotes include a brief outline of the changes in general terms. Full details of any changes can be obtained from the Office of Parliamentary Counsel.

Misdescribed amendments

A misdescribed amendment is an amendment that does not accurately describe how an amendment is to be made. If, despite the misdescription, the amendment can be given effect as intended, then the misdescribed amendment can be incorporated through an editorial change made under section 15V of the Legislation Act 2003.

If a misdescribed amendment cannot be given effect as intended, the amendment is not incorporated and “(md not incorp)” is added to the amendment history.

 

Endnote 2—Abbreviation key

 

ad = added or inserted

o = order(s)

am = amended

Ord = Ordinance

amdt = amendment

orig = original

c = clause(s)

par = paragraph(s)/subparagraph(s)

C[x] = Compilation No. x

/subsubparagraph(s)

Ch = Chapter(s)

pres = present

def = definition(s)

prev = previous

Dict = Dictionary

(prev…) = previously

disallowed = disallowed by Parliament

Pt = Part(s)

Div = Division(s)

r = regulation(s)/rule(s)

ed = editorial change

reloc = relocated

exp = expires/expired or ceases/ceased to have

renum = renumbered

effect

rep = repealed

F = Federal Register of Legislation

rs = repealed and substituted

gaz = gazette

s = section(s)/subsection(s)

LA = Legislation Act 2003

Sch = Schedule(s)

LIA = Legislative Instruments Act 2003

Sdiv = Subdivision(s)

(md) = misdescribed amendment can be given

SLI = Select Legislative Instrument

effect

SR = Statutory Rules

(md not incorp) = misdescribed amendment

SubCh = SubChapter(s)

cannot be given effect

SubPt = Subpart(s)

mod = modified/modification

underlining = whole or part not

No. = Number(s)

commenced or to be commenced

 

Endnote 3—Legislation history

 

Act

Number and year

Assent

Commencement

Application, saving and transitional provisions

Trade Support Loans Act 2014

81, 2014

17 July 2014

s 3–106: 18 July 2014 (s 2(1) item 2)
Remainder: 17 July 2014 (s 2(1) item 1)

 

Education Legislation Amendment (Overseas Debt Recovery) Act 2015

154, 2015

26 Nov 2015

Sch 2 (items 1–4, 6–10): 1 Jan 2016 (s 2(1) items 3, 4, 6)
Sch 2 (item 5): never commenced (s 2(1) item 5)

Sch 2 (items 9, 10)

Labor 201314 Budget Savings (Measures No. 2) Act 2015

169, 2015

11 Dec 2015

Sch 1 (items 108–111): 1 Jan 2016 (s 2(1) item 2)

Sch 1 (item 111)

Statute Update (Autumn 2018) Act 2018

41, 2018

22 May 2018

Sch 1 (items 7, 8): 1 July 2017 (s 2(1) item 3)

Higher Education Support Legislation Amendment (Student Loan Sustainability) Act 2018

76, 2018

24 Aug 2018

Sch 2 (items 3, 4): 1 July 2019 (s 2(1) item 3)

Sch 2 (item 4)

Education and Other Legislation Amendment (VET Student Loan Debt Separation) Act 2018

116, 2018

25 Sept 2018

Sch 1 (items 68–71): 1 July 2019 (s 2(1) item 12)

Trade Support Loans Amendment (Improving Administration) Act 2020

20, 2020

6 Mar 2020

Sch 1: 7 Mar 2020 (s 2(1) item 2)

Sch 1 (item 11)

Trade Support Loans Amendment Act 2023

61, 2023

21 Aug 2023

Sch 1 (items 1–128, 156–165): 1 Jan 2024 (s 2(1) item 1)

Sch 1 (items 156–165)

 

Endnote 4—Amendment history

 

Provision affected

How affected

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Chapter 1

 

Part 1.1

 

s 1.....................

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s 3.....................

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ed C5

Part 1.2

 

s 5.....................

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s 6.....................

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Chapter 2

 

Part 2.1

 

s 7.....................

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s 8.....................

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s 9.....................

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s 10....................

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s 11....................

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Part 2.2

 

Division 1

 

s 12....................

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Division 2

 

s 13....................

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s 14....................

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Division 3

 

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Division 4

 

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Chapter 3

 

Part 3.1

 

Division 1

 

s 26....................

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Division 2

 

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Division 3

 

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s 38....................

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Part 3.2

 

Division 1

 

s 39....................

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Division 2

 

s 40....................

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s 41....................

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s 42....................

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Division 3

 

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s 45....................

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Division 4

 

Subdivision A

 

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Subdivision AA

 

Subdivision AA............

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s 47C...................

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Subdivision B

 

s 48....................

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Part 3.3

 

s 52....................

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s 53....................

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s 54....................

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s 55....................

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s 56....................

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s 56A...................

ad No 154, 2015

Chapter 4

 

Part 4.1

 

Division 1

 

s 58....................

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Division 2

 

s 59....................

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s 60....................

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s 62....................

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Division 3

 

s 65....................

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Division 4

 

s 71....................

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s 72....................

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Part 4.3

 

s 89....................

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s 90....................

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Chapter 5

 

Part 5.1

 

s 99....................

am No 41, 2018

s 105...................

am No 61, 2023

s 106...................

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Endnote 5—Editorial changes

In preparing this compilation for registration, the following kinds of editorial change(s) were made under the Legislation Act 2003.

Section 3

Kind of editorial change

Change to punctuation

Details of editorial change

The amendment made by Schedule 1 item 6 of the Trade Support Loans Amendment Act 2023 results in two full stops at the end of section 3.

This compilation was editorially changed to omit the redundant full stop to correct the punctuation.