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The Student Learning Entitlement Guidelines serves a number of purposes, as set out in each of the five chapters.
Administered by: Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education
Made 21 Jul 2004
Registered 24 Oct 2005
Tabled HR 03 Aug 2004
Tabled Senate 03 Aug 2004
Gazetted 27 Jul 2004
Date of repeal 01 Jan 2012
Repealed by Higher Education Support Act 2003 - Student Learning Entitlement (Repeal) Instrument 2011

 

Commonwealth of Australia

 

Higher Education Support Act 2003

 

STUDENT LEARNING ENTITLEMENT GUIDELINES

 

Making of Guidelines pursuant to section 238-10 of the Higher Education Support Act 2003

 

I, BRENDAN NELSON, Minister for Education, Science and Training, pursuant to section 238-10 of the Higher Education Support Act 2003 ("the Act"), make the attached Student Learning Entitlement Guidelines for the purposes of Part 3-1 of the Act.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dated this..................21st.......................day of..............JULY.............2004.

 

 

 

 

_________________________________________

BRENDAN NELSON

Minister for Education, Science and Training

 

 

 


 

 

COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

 

Higher Education Support Act 2003

 

 

GUIDELINES FOR STUDENT LEARNING ENTITLEMENT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(i)         CITATION

 

These guidelines may be cited as the ‘Student Learning Entitlement Guidelines’.

 

 

 

(ii)        AUTHORITY

 

These guidelines are made under section 238-10 of the Higher Education Support Act 2003.

 

 

 

(iii)       DATE OF EFFECT

 

These guidelines shall come into effect on the date of gazettal (“the Date of Effect”.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

 

Higher Education Support Act 2003

 

 

GUIDELINES FOR STUDENT LEARNING ENTITLEMENT

 

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

CHAPTER 1    INTRODUCTION   3

1.1         PURPOSE   3

1.5         INTERPRETATION   3

CHAPTER 2    DETERMINING THE EFTSL VALUE OF A UNIT OF STUDY   4

2.1         PURPOSE   4

2.5         EFTSL VALUE FOR A UNIT OF STUDY   4

2.10       METHOD OF CALCULATION OF EFTSL VALUES   4

2.15       METHOD OF CALCULATION OF EFTSL VALUES - SPECIAL CASES   6

CHAPTER 3    ADDITIONAL SLE   7

3.1         PURPOSE   7

3.5         COURSES OF STUDY AND CIRCUMSTANCES IN WHICH A PERSON HAS
ADDITIONAL SLE
   7

3.10       CALCULATING THE AMOUNT OF ADDITIONAL SLE   7

CHAPTER 4    LIFE LONG SLE   9

4.1         PURPOSE   9

4.5         CIRCUMSTANCES IN WHICH A PERSON HAS LIFE LONG SLE   9

4.10       CALCULATING THE AMOUNT OF LIFE LONG SLE   9

CHAPTER 5    SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES   11

5.1         PURPOSE   11

5.5         CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND A PERSON’S CONTROL  11

5.10       CIRCUMSTANCES THAT DID NOT MAKE THEIR FULL IMPACT UNTIL ON OR
AFTER THE CENSUS DATE
   11

5.15       ADVICE TO BE PROVIDED TO STUDENTS   11

 


CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION

 

1.1       PURPOSE

 

1.1.1       The purpose of these guidelines is to:

(a)   set out the requirements for how an EFTSL value for a unit of study is to be
determined (sub
section 73-15(4) of the Act);

(b)   specify the courses of study or kinds of course of study to which additional SLE
applies (
section 73-20(1)(b) of the Act);

(c)   set out the requirements which a person must meet to have additional SLE (section
73-20(1)(c) of the Act);

(d)   set out how the amount of additional SLE is to be worked out (section 73-20(3) of the
Act
);

(e)   specify the circumstances in which a person has life long SLE (section 73-22(1) of the
Act
);

(f)     set out how the amount of life long SLE is to be worked out (section 73-22(2) of the
Act
); and

(g)   specify circumstances in which a higher education provider will be satisfied that
special circumstances apply to the person that:

(i)           are beyond the person’s control (paragraph 79-5(1)(a) of the Act);

(ii)         do not make their full impact on the person until on or after the census date for
the unit of study in question (paragraph 79-5(1)(b) of the Act); and

(iii)        make it impracticable for the person to complete the requirements for the unit of
study during the period which the person undertook, or was to undertake, the
unit (paragraph 79-5(1)(c) of the Act).

 

1.5       INTERPRETATION

 

1.5.1              In these guidelines, unless the contrary intention appears, terms used have the same
meaning as in the Higher Education Support Act 2003.

 

1.5.5           In these guidelines, unless the contrary intention appears:

 

   the Act means the Higher Education Support Act 2003;

               course means course of study;

course load - the minimum aggregated EFTSL value of units of study required to
complete the course of study;

unit means unit of study.

              

1.5.10     Terms in these guidelines that are in italics have the meaning stated in 1.5.5 of these
guidelines.


CHAPTER 2 DETERMINING THE EFTSL VALUE OF A UNIT OF STUDY

 

2.1       PURPOSE

 

2.1.1       The purpose of this chapter is to set out the requirements that higher education providers
must adhere to when determining the EFTSL value for a unit of study (
section 73-15 of
the Act).

 

2.5       EFTSL VALUE FOR A UNIT OF STUDY

 

2.5.1       An EFTSL value for a unit of study represents the study load for that unit.  A study load
for a unit of study is expressed as a proportion of the standard study load for one full-time
year of the course of study of which the unit forms part, as determined by a higher
education provider.  A standard study load for one year of a course of study is determined
in accordance with paragraphs 2.5.15 to 2.5.25 of these guidelines.

 

2.5.5       The aggregated EFTSL values for units of study undertaken by a full-time student doing a standard study load for one year of a course of study would normally add to 1.0.

 

2.5.10     Students doing more than the standard study load would generate EFTSL values adding
to more than 1.0 for the relevant year of study; students doing less than the standard
study load would generate EFTSL values adding to less than 1.0 for the relevant year of
study.

 

Standard study load

 

Where the higher education provider specifies a standard study load

 

2.5.15     A standard study load for one year of a course of study is a sequence of units of study, determined by the higher education provider, which a student would be required to
undertake in a full year of a particular course were the student:

(a)  undertaking study for that year in the course on a full-time basis; and

(b)  completing units of study at a pace which would enable such a student to
complete the course in the standard number of years on a full-time basis as
determined by the higher education provider, taking into account the requirements
of these guidelines.

 

Where the higher education provider does not specify a standard study load

 

2.5.20     Where a higher education provider does not specify a standard study load, the standard
study load for one year of a course of study should be determined by the higher
education provider to be the minimum annual study load which, when aggregated with
standard study loads for the other years of the course, would enable completion of the
course in the standard number of years on a full-time basis, as determined by the higher education provider, taking into account the requirements of these guidelines.

 

2.5.25     Where a higher education provider does not specify a standard study load in any of the
years of a course of study, the higher education provider should regard the study load for
the units of study as being equally distributed over the standard number of years for
completion of the course determined by the higher education provider.

 

2.10     METHOD OF CALCULATION OF EFTSL VALUES

 

2.10.1     Subject to the situation identified for domestic students studying with overseas higher
education institutions in paragraph 2.15 of these guidelines, the calculation of EFTSL
values for units of study is to be undertaken in the way described in this
section.

 

Calculating the proportion of standard study load

 

2.10.5     The EFTSL value of a unit of study is determined by calculating the proportion of
standard study load which the unit of study represents of the total standard study load
specified by the higher education provider for one year of full-time study in the course of
study of which the unit forms part.

 

2.10.10   The calculation of the EFTSL value for a unit of study is to be undertaken using whatever
number of decimal places is required to enable the aggregated EFTSL values for all units
of study for a full-time year of study to add as close as possible to 1.0.  In reporting data
to the Commonwealth for its statistics collections, it may be necessary to round or
truncate the results of some calculations.

 

Allocation of credit points

 

2.10.15   In calculating the EFTSL value for a unit of study, higher education providers may
allocate credit points to units of study offered by higher education providers as a means
of identifying the relative value of a unit of study within a course of study.

 

Eg:        Number of credit points for a unit of study       =       EFTSL value

            Total number of credit points                          for unit of study

            for a full-time year of study

 

 

Example of calculation using credit points

 

2.10.25   The following example is provided to illustrate the calculation of EFTSL values for a
student enrolled in a number of units of study in a particular course of study in a particular
year using credit points.  For the purposes of this illustration, the standard study load
prescribed for this course in a particular year comprises five units: Unit A and B are
offered on a semester basis and Units C, D and E are offered on an annual basis:

 

Unit A

Semester I unit

2 Credit points

Unit B

Semester II unit

2 Credit points

Unit C

Annual unit

4 Credit points

Unit D

Annual unit

4 Credit points

Unit E

Annual unit

4 Credit points

 

In this example, the EFTSL value for each unit of study has been calculated by dividing
the number of credit points for that unit of study by the total number of credit points for all
units of study comprising the standard study load for this course of study, in this case 16.

 

Unit A =

2/16 =

0.125

Unit B =

2/16 =

0.125

Unit C =

4/16 =

0.25

Unit D =

4/16 =

0.25

Unit E =

4/16 =

0.25

TOTAL

16

1.0 EFTSL

 

It should be noted that, in this example, the EFTSL values aggregated for a student
undertaking Units A, B, C, D and E (that is, the standard study load prescribed for this
year in this course of study) equals 1.0.

 

2.15     METHOD OF CALCULATION OF EFTSL VALUES - SPECIAL CASES

 

EFTSL values for domestic students studying with overseas higher education
institutions

 

2.15.1     EFTSL values for units of study undertaken by domestic students with an overseas higher education institution that will be counted as credit towards a course of study in which the
student is enrolled at the Australian higher education provider, are to be calculated as
follows:

 

·       the EFTSL value for a unit of study undertaken at an overseas higher education
institution is equal to the EFTSL value which would be assigned to the same or
equivalent unit of study if it were undertaken at the higher education provider providing
the course of study in which the student is enrolled.


CHAPTER 3 ADDITIONAL SLE

 

3.1       PURPOSE

 

3.1.1              The purpose of this chapter of the guidelines is to:

(a)  specify the courses of study or kinds of course of study in which a person has an
additional SLE (
section 73-20(1)(b) of the Act);

(b)  specify the requirements a person must meet to have additional SLE (section 73-
20(1)(c) of the Act); and

(c)  set out how the amount of additional SLE is to be worked out (section 73-20(3) of
the Act).

 

3.5       COURSES OF STUDY AND CIRCUMSTANCES IN WHICH A PERSON HAS
ADDITIONAL SLE

[sections 73-20(1)(b) and 73-20(1)(c)]

 

3.5.1       A person has additional SLE where the course load of the undergraduate course of study
(other than an honours course or a graduate entry bachelor degree course) in which he or
she is enrolled is greater than six EFTSL.  The amount of additional SLE that a person
has is calculated in accordance with
paragraph 3.10.1 of these guidelines.

 

3.5.5       A person has additional SLE where the course of study in which he or she is enrolled is
an honours course, a graduate entry bachelor degree course, or a postgraduate course
The amount of additional SLE that a person has is calculated in accordance with
paragraph 3.10.5 of these guidelines.

 

3.5.10     A person has additional SLE where a higher education provider restructures a course of
study in which the person is enrolled in a manner that will require the person to undertake additional units of study, above what was originally required before the restructure, in
order to complete the course.
  The amount of additional SLE the person has is calculated
in accordance with paragraph 3.10.10 of these guidelines.

 

3.10     CALCULATING THE AMOUNT OF ADDITIONAL SLE

[section 73-20(3)]

 

3.10.1     Calculating the amount of additional SLE that a person has for an undergraduate
course of study
(other than an honours course or a graduate entry bachelor degree course)

 

The additional SLE (expressed in EFTSL) that a person has for an undergraduate course
of study (other than an honours course or graduate entry bachelor degree course) that
has a course load of greater than six EFTSL (as outlined in paragraph 3.5.1 of these
guidelines)
is calculated as follows:

 

Course load

+

1 EFTSL

-

7 EFTSL (ordinary SLE)

-

Additional SLE (expressed in EFTSL) consumed previously for any other course/s of study

 


 

3.10.5     Calculating the amount of additional SLE for an honours course, graduate entry
bachelor degree course, or postgraduate course

 

The additional SLE a student has for an honours course of study, graduate entry bachelor
degree course, or postgraduate course (as outlined in paragraph 3.5.5 of these
guidelines) is calculated as follows: 

 

Course load

-

Additional SLE (expressed in EFTSL) consumed previously for any other course/s of study

 

3.10.10   Calculating the amount of additional SLE where a course of study has been
restructured

 

If a course of study has been restructured by the higher education provider, as outlined in paragraph 3.5.10 of these guidelines, the additional SLE (expressed in EFTSL) a person
has will be equal to the EFTSL value of the additional units of study the person must
undertake as a result of the course restructure in order to complete the course of study.

 

3.10.15   Calculating the amount of additional SLE where a student cancels his or her
enrolment in a course of study, for whatever reason, and then subsequently re-
enrols in that same course of study

 

In calculating the amount of additional SLE where a student has cancelled his or her
enrolment in a course of study in which he or she was enrolled, and has subsequently re-
enrolled in that same course of study, the amount of additional SLE that the student has
for the course in which he or she has re-enrolled will be equal to the amount of additional
SLE that the student had immediately before he or she cancelled his or her enrolment in
the course of study.


CHAPTER 4 LIFE LONG SLE

 

4.1       PURPOSE

 

4.1.1              The purpose of this chapter of the guidelines is to:

(a)  specify the circumstances in which a person has life long SLE (section 73-22(1) of
the Act); and

(b)  set out how the amount of life long SLE is to be worked out (section 73-22(2) of
the Act).

 

4.5       CIRCUMSTANCES IN WHICH A PERSON HAS LIFE LONG SLE

 

4.5.1       If, on 1 January 2005 a person was aged 20 years or greater, the person will begin
accruing life long SLE on
1 January 2012, and every 1 January thereafter.

 

4.5.5       If, on 1 January 2005 a person was aged less than 20 years, the person will begin
accruing life long SLE on 1 January of the year in which he or she turns 27, and every
1 January thereafter.

 

4.10     CALCULATING THE AMOUNT OF LIFE LONG SLE

 

4.10.1     The amount of life long SLE a person accrues on the first 1 January accrual date, in
accordance with paragraph 4.5.1 and 4.5.5 of these guidelines, is 1 EFTSL.

 

4.10.5     The amount of life long SLE a person accrues on subsequent 1 Januarys, in accordance
with paragraph 4.5.1 and 4.5.5 of these guidelines, is 0.25 EFTSL.

 

 

 


CHAPTER 5 SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES

 

5.1       PURPOSE

 

5.1.1       The purpose of this chapter of the guidelines is to specify the circumstances in which a
higher education provider will be satisfied that special circumstances apply to the person
that:

(a)   are beyond the person’s control (paragraph 79-5(1)(a) of the Act); and

(b)   do not make their full impact on the person until on or after the census date for the
unit of study in question (paragraph 79-5(1)(b) of the Act).

 

5.5       CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND A PERSON’S CONTROL

 

5.5.1       The higher education provider will be satisfied that a person’s circumstances are beyond
that person’s control if a situation occurs which a reasonable person would consider is not
due to the person’s action or inaction, either direct or indirect, and for which the person is
not responsible.

 

5.5.5       This situation must be unusual, uncommon or abnormal.

 

5.10     CIRCUMSTANCES THAT DID NOT MAKE THEIR FULL IMPACT UNTIL ON OR AFTER
THE CENSUS DATE

 

5.10.1     The higher education provider will be satisfied that a person’s circumstances did not
make their full impact on the person until on or after the census date for a unit of study if
the person’s circumstances occur:

(a)  before the census date, but worsen after that day; or

(b)  before the census date, but the full effect or magnitude does not become apparent
until on or after that day; or

(c)  on or after the census date.

 

5.15     ADVICE TO BE PROVIDED TO STUDENTS

 

5.15.1     Higher education providers must publish the timeframe within which they will consider applications, and within which they will notify applicants of their decision, for the re-
crediting of the person’s SLE.  The method of publication is to be determined by the
higher education provider.

 

5.15.5     In accordance with section 27A of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975, the
higher education provider is obliged to advise the applicant that, if they are dissatisfied
with the initial decision, they may apply to the higher education provider for a review of
that decision.  The application must be made in accordance with the provisions of and the timeframes specified in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975.

 

5.15.10   In accordance with section 209-10 of the Higher Education Support Act 2003, the
application must be made by written notice and must be made within 28 days, or such
longer period as the reviewer allows, after the day on which the person first received
written notice of the decision.

 

 

 

 

 

…………………………..…..

Brendan John Nelson

Minister for Education, Science and Training

July 2004