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Other Grants Guidelines (Education) 2012

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Start Date 17 Nov 2020

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Other Grants Guidelines (Education) 2012

Made under the                                                         

Higher Education Support Act 2003

Compilation No. 8

Compilation date:                              17 November 2020

Includes amendments up to:            F2020L01433

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prepared by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment

 

 


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This compilation

This is a compilation of the Other Grants Guidelines (Education) 2012 that shows the text of the law as amended and in force on 17 November 2020 (the compilation date).

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Commonwealth of Australia

 

 

Higher Education Support Act 2003

 

 

Other Grants Guidelines (Education) 2012

 

 

 

(i)           CITATION

 

These Guidelines may be cited as the Other Grants Guidelines (Education) 2012.

 

 

(ii)          AUTHORITY

 

These Guidelines are made under section 238‑10 of the Higher Education Support Act 2003 (the Act) for the purposes of Part 2‑3 of the Act.

 

 

(iii)         COMMENCEMENT

 

These Guidelines take effect on the day after the Guidelines are registered on the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments.

 

 

(iv)         TRANSITIONAL ARRANGEMENTS

 

The revocation of the Former Guidelines does not affect the validity of a payment or decision made under those guidelines. A decision made under the Former Guidelines is taken to continue to have effect as if it were made under the Other Grants Guidelines (Education) 2012.

 


TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

CHAPTER i   INTRODUCTION.. 1

i.i..................... Purpose. 1

i.ii.................... Interpretation. 1

CHAPTER 1 GRANTS TO PROMOTE EQUALITY OF OPPORTUNITY IN HIGHER EDUCATION.. 4

PART 1—INTRODUCTION.. 4

1.1......................... Purpose. 4

1.5......................... Description of programs in this chapter 4

1.10...................... Eligible providers. 4

PART 2—INDIGENOUS SUPPORT PROGRAM.. 5

1.15...................... Program description and objectives. 5

1.20...................... Extra conditions of eligibility. 5

1.25...................... Total program funds and indexation. 5

1.30...................... Payment to higher education providers. 5

1.35...................... Conditions of grant 5

PART 3—HIGHER EDUCATION PARTICIPATION AND PARTNERSHIPS PROGRAM.. 7

1.40...................... Program objectives and structure. 7

1.45...................... Total HEPPP funds. 7

1.50...................... Distribution of HEPPP funds. 8

1.50.20................ Grants. 8

1.55...................... Component A – Participation objectives. 9

1.60...................... Formula for distribution of Component A – Participation funds. 9

1.65...................... Conditions of funding. 10

1.70...................... Component B – Partnership objectives. 11

1.75...................... Formula for distribution of Component B – Partnership funds. 11

1.80...................... Conditions of funding. 12

1.85...................... HEPPP reporting. 13

PART 4—HIGHER EDUCATION DISABILITY SUPPORT PROGRAM.. 15

1.90................. Program objective and eligibility............................................................................... 15

1.95................. Total program funds and indexation.......................................................................... 15

Division 1—Disability Support Fund.................................................................................................. 16

1.100............... Objective of the DSF................................................................................................ 16

1.105............... How a provider’s DSF grant is determined................................................................. 16

1.110............... Amounts available for the DSF................................................................................. 16

1.115............... Enrolments–based grant amounts............................................................................. 16

1.120............... Amount for students with disability with high cost needs............................................ 17

1.125............... DSF grant amounts.................................................................................................. 17

1.130............... Interest.................................................................................................................... 18

1.135............... Eligible DSF activities............................................................................................... 18

1.140............... Ineligible DSF activities............................................................................................ 18

1.145............... Repayment of DSF grant funds................................................................................ 19

1.150............... Reporting................................................................................................................. 19

Division 2—Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training.......................................... 20

1.155............... Objective of the ADCET........................................................................................... 20

1.160............... ADCET grant............................................................................................................ 20

CHAPTER 2 GRANTS TO SUPPORT NATIONAL INSTITUTES.. 21

PART 1—NATIONAL INSTITUTES PROGRAM.. 21

2.1......................... Purpose. 21

2.5......................... National Institutes. 21

CHAPTER 3 GRANTS TO SUPPORT THE CAPITAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS
OF HIGHER EDUCATION PROVIDERS.. 22

PART 1—CAPITAL DEVELOPMENT POOL PROGRAM.. 22

3.1......................... Purpose. 22

3.5......................... Program objectives. 22

CHAPTER 4 GRANTS TO ASSIST WITH THE COST OF HIGHER EDUCATION PROVIDERS’ SUPERANNUATION LIABILITIES.. 23

PART 1—HIGHER EDUCATION SUPERANNUATION PROGRAM.. 23

4.1.................. Purpose. 23

4.2.................. Program objectives. 23

4.3.................. Conditions of eligibility. 23

4.4.................. Grants under the Program may cover............. …………………………………..…..………23

4.5.................. Grants under the Program will not cover............. ……………………………………………23

4.6.................. Grant approval 23

4.7.................. Grant amounts. 23

4.8.................. Conditions that apply to grants............ ……………………………………………………….25

4.9.................. Reconciliation............. …………………………………………………………………………..25

CHAPTER 4A  GRANTS TO FOSTER COLLABORATION AND REFORM IN
HIGHER EDUCATION.. 26

PART 1—INTRODUCTION.. 26

4A.1................ Purpose. 26

PART 2—UNIVERSITY AND INDUSTRY COLLABORATION PROGRAM.. 27

4A.5................ Program and program objective. 27

CHAPTER 5 GRANTS TO SUPPORT DIVERSITY AND STRUCTURAL REFORM.. 28

PART 1—PURPOSE.. 28

5.1......................... Purpose. 28

PART 2—DIVERSITY AND STRUCTURAL ADJUSTMENT FUND.. 29

5.5......................... Program objective. 29

5.10...................... Total program funds and allocation. 29

5.15...................... Allocation of grants. 29

5.20...................... Organisations that are eligible for grants under the Diversity Fund. 29

5.25...................... Application process. 29

PART 3—CLINICAL OUTREACH PROGRAM.. 31

5.30...................... Program objective. 31

5.35...................... Eligibility. 31

5.45...................... Total program funds and allocation. 31

5.50...................... Allocation of grant 31

CHAPTER 6 GRANTS TO SUPPORT STRUCTURAL ADJUSTMENT. 32

PART 1—STRUCTURAL ADJUSTMENT FUND PROGRAM.. 32

6.1.................. Purpose. 32

6.5.................. Program objectives and outcomes. 32

6.10................. Allocation of grants. 32

CHAPTER 7 GRANTS FOR ACTIVITIES THAT ASSURE AND ENHANCE THE QUALITY OF AUSTRALIA’S HIGHER EDUCATION SECTOR.. 34

PART 1—PERFORMANCE FUNDING—REWARD FUNDING.. 34

Division 1—General 34

7.1......................... Purpose. 34

7.5......................... Description of the programs in this chapter 34

7.10...................... Program description and structure. 34

7.15...................... Total Reward Funding. 34

Division 2—Component A—Reward Funding for Table A providers meeting performance targets. 36

7.20...................... Purpose. 36

7.25...................... Eligibility requirements. 36

7.30...................... Payment dates and reporting. 37

7.35...................... Calculation of Component A. 37

7.40...................... Calculations by indicator 37

Division 2A—Component B—unallocated reward funding from Component A. 40

7.45................. Purpose. 40

7.50...................... Organisations eligible for grants. 40

7.55...................... Distribution of Component B. 41

Division 3—Component C—Quality Initiatives. 41

7.60...................... Purpose. 41

7.65...................... Organisations eligible for grants. 41

7.70...................... Distribution of Component C – quality initiatives. 41

PART 2—PROMOTION OF EXCELLENCE IN LEARNING AND TEACHING IN HIGHER EDUCATION (PELTHE) 42

7.75...................... Purpose. 42

7.80...................... Program objectives. 42

7.85...................... Eligibility. 42

7.90...................... Amount spent on the program in a particular year 42

7.95...................... Allocation process. 42

7.100.................... Payment to higher education providers. 42

PART 3—BODIES CORPORATE ELIGIBLE FOR GRANTS.. 43

7.101.................... Purpose. 43

7.105.................... Bodies corporate eligible for grants. 43

PART 4—ENHANCING THE TRAINING OF MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE TEACHERS PROGRAM (ETMST Program) 44

7.110.................... Purpose. 44

7.115.................... Program objectives. 44

7.120.................... Eligibility. 44

7.125.................... Total ETMST Program allocation. 44

7.130.................... Allocation of ETMST Program Funding. 44

PART 5—HIGHER EDUCATION RELIEF PROGRAM (HERP) 46

7.135.................... Purpose. 46

7.140.................... Program objective. 46

7.145.................... Calculation of grant amounts. 46

7.150.................... Extra conditions of eligibility. 47

7.155.................... Conditions of grant 47

CHAPTER 7B  GRANTS TO FOSTER AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE
IMPORTANCE OF, OR PROMOTE RESEARCH AND SCHOLARSHIP
IN, SCIENCE, SOCIAL SCIENCE OR THE HUMANITIES IN
AUSTRALIA.. 48

PART 1—AUSTRALIAN MATHS AND SCIENCE PARTNERSHIPS PROGRAM (AMSPP) 48

7B.1................ Purpose. 48

7B.5................ Program objectives. 48

7B.10.............. Eligibility. 48

7B.15.............. Total Program allocation. 48

7B.20.............. Distribution of the Funds. 48

CHAPTER 7C  GRANTS FOR ACTIVITIES THAT SUPPORT OPEN ACCESS TO HIGHER EDUCATION ACROSS AUSTRALIA............................................................. 50

PART 1—REGIONAL UNIVERSITY CENTRES PROGRAM................................................... 50

7C.1................ Purpose................................................................................................................... 50

7C.5................ Program objective.................................................................................................... 50

7C.10.............. Eligibility.................................................................................................................. 50

7C.15.............. Conditions of grant.................................................................................................. 51

CHAPTER 8 GRANTS TO ASSIST WITH TRANSITIONAL COSTS OF CHANGES
TO MAXIMUM STUDENT CONTRIBUTION AMOUNTS.. 53

PART 1—TRANSITIONAL COSTS PROGRAM........................................................................ 53

8.1......................... Purpose. 53

8.5......................... Program objectives. 53

8.10...................... Eligibility. 53

8.15...................... Grant amounts. 53


CHAPTER i       INTRODUCTION

 

i.i                 Purpose

 

The purpose of these Guidelines is to provide for Other Grants under Part 2‑3 of the Higher Education Support Act 2003 (the Act).

 

i.ii                Interpretation

 

The terms within the Other Grants Guidelines (Education) 2012 have the same meaning as in the Act.

 

The following terms are defined specifically for these Guidelines:

 

access                    In respect of the programs in Chapter 1, access means commencing domestic students in higher education.  The access rate for a particular group of students is that group’s percentage share of all commencing domestic higher education students.

 

the Act                     means the Higher Education Support Act 2003

 

AMC Institute          has the same meaning as in the Maritime Legislation Amendment Act 2007

 

Commonwealth       means a person undertaking tertiary education and receiving any

assisted student      of the following kinds of assistance from the Commonwealth:

(a)  assistance under Chapter 3 of the Act;

(b)  a VET student loan;

(c)  a payment or loan (however described) under any of the following Acts, for which the person qualifies because he or she is undertaking study:

                                      (i) Social Security Act 1991;

                                      (ii) Student Assistance Act 1973;

                                      (iii) Trade Support Loans Act 2014;

(d)  a payment under the ABSTUDY Scheme (within the meaning of the Student Assistance Act 1973).

 

domestic student     means a student with a permanent home address in Australia who is:

(a)  an Australian citizen;

(b)  a New Zealand citizen;

(c)  a diplomatic or consular representative of New Zealand, a member of the staff of such a representative or the spouse or dependent relative of such a representative; or

(d)  a student with an Australian permanent visa.

 

the Department      means the Department responsible for administering        Part 2-3 of the Act.

 

HESDC                  means Higher Education Student Data Collection

 

ISP                         means Indigenous Support Program

 

Minister                   means the Minister responsible for Part 2-3 of the             Act.

 

participation             In respect of Chapter 1, participation means total domestic undergraduate student enrolments. The indicator used to measure participation is the total number of domestic undergraduate students. 

 

Permanent home     refers to the address of the home where the student has

address                   come from, not a temporary semester or term address.

 

provider                   means a Table A provider

 

Remoteness            means the Remoteness Structure described in the document titled

Structure                 “Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS): Volume 5—Remoteness Structure, July 2016”, published by the Australian Statistician.

 

retention                  In respect of Chapter 1, the indicator used to measure retention is the Apparent Retention Ratio (ARR). 

 

The ARR is the ratio between the retention rate for a particular sub‑group of domestic undergraduate students and retention rate of all other domestic undergraduates. 

 

Retention rate means the number of domestic undergraduate students who re‑enrol at a higher education provider in a given year, as a proportion of all domestic undergraduate students enrolled in the previous year, less those who completed their qualification. It does not count as retained those students who deferred study or transferred successfully to another institution.

 

people or                 refers to people or domestic undergraduate students

student from a         who are, on the basis of the low SES indicator as set

low socio‑                out in subsection 1.60.1, from a low SES background.

economic (SES)

background

 

success                  In respect of Chapter 1, the indicator used to measure success is the Student Success Ratio (SSR).

 

The SSR is the ratio between the student success rate for a particular sub‑group of domestic undergraduate students and the student success rate of all other domestic undergraduate students.

 

The student success rate means the proportion of units passed within a year compared with the total units enrolled.

 

The success indicator refers to the ratio of the SSR for a particular sub‑group of students from low socio‑economic backgrounds to the SSR for all other students.

 

undergraduate         In respect of Chapter 1, undergraduate students are those students who are enrolled and are studying for approved undergraduate qualifications at eligible higher education providers. Approved undergraduate qualifications include Bachelor Degree, Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma and Diploma courses of study. Enabling courses do not qualify.

 


CHAPTER 1      GRANTS TO PROMOTE EQUALITY OF OPPORTUNITY IN HIGHER EDUCATION

 

PART 1INTRODUCTION

 

1.1             Purpose

 

1.1.1          The purpose of this chapter is to specify programs in accordance with subsection 41‑15(1) of the Act for the purpose of promoting equality of opportunity in higher education in accordance with item 1 of the table in subsection 41‑10(1) of the Act, and to specify matters listed in subsection 41‑15(2) of the Act.

 

1.5             Description of programs in this chapter

 

1.5.1          Programs in this chapter aim to assist with overcoming barriers to access and participation by domestic undergraduate students in higher education, in particular, those students who are Indigenous, who come from a low‑SES background, or who have a disability.

 

1.10           Eligible providers

 

1.10.1        In accordance with item 1 of the table in subsection 41‑10(1) of the Act, providers are eligible to receive grants under the equity programs specified in this chapter subject to any extra conditions of eligibility specified under this chapter.

 

1.10.5        Applications from consortia will be considered. However, the Department may require that:

 

(a)     the consortia appoint a lead member which is authorised to deal on behalf of all members of the consortia; and

 

(b)     consortia members subsequently execute statutory declarations stating that the lead member has the authority to bind other members.

 

PART 2INDIGENOUS SUPPORT PROGRAM

 

1.15           Program description and objectives

 

1.15.1        The Indigenous Support Program provides funding to eligible higher education providers and aims to assist eligible higher education providers to meet the special needs of Indigenous Australian students and to advance the goals of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Policy.

 

1.15.5        Grants under the Indigenous Support Program assist with Indigenous support activities.

 

1.20           Extra conditions of eligibility

 

1.20.1        To be eligible to receive Indigenous Support Program grants in any one year, Table A providers must satisfy the Department that they meet all of the following criteria:

 

(a)     the provider has implemented strategies for improving access, participation, retention and success of Indigenous Australian students;

 

(b)     the provider has demonstrated increased participation of Indigenous people in the provider’s decision‑making processes; and

 

(c)     the provider has an Indigenous employment strategy.

 

1.25           Total program funds and indexation

 

1.25.1        The total amount to be allocated under the Indigenous Support Program in any calendar year will be calculated by indexing the previous calendar year’s Indigenous Support Program grants total using the method set out in Part 5‑6 of the Act. 

 

1.25.5        Grants under the Indigenous Support Program are in respect of a calendar year.

 

1.30           Payment to higher education providers

 

1.30.1        In accordance with section 164‑5 of the Act, grant amounts will be paid in such a way as the Minister determines, and at such times as the Secretary determines.

 

1.35           Conditions of grant

 

1.35.1        In addition to compliance with the quality and accountability requirements stipulated under subparagraph 41‑25(a)(ii) of the Act, which includes compliance with the financial reporting obligations under section 19‑10 of the Act, the following conditions of grant apply.

 

1.35.5        Higher education providers who receive grants under the Indigenous Support Program in respect of a year are required to provide the Department in the following year with a report on initiatives funded under the Program.  This report must include

 

(a)    details of expenditure of ISP funds, including: 

(i)     the proportion of ISP funding provided to the Indigenous Education Support Centre;

 

(ii)    the proportion of ISP funding provided to individual facilities within the university; and

 

(iii)   the proportion of ISP funding allocated to staff salaries, on‑costs and operating costs; and

 

(b)    providers must make a written request of the Department for carrying forward unspent ISP funds, specifying the project or program to which the funds will be applied, and demonstrate consistency with the provisions in section 1.15 of these Guidelines; and

 

(c)    details of all additional funding provided to the recipient to support the recipient’s Indigenous activities (for example, in kind support; financial support); including funding provided by the higher education provider and all additional funding provided by sources other than the higher education provider.  This report must exclude funding received under any other Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education Indigenous specific funding programs already reported on separately (for example the Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme or the Away‑From‑Base Program).

 

1.35.10      Higher education providers who receive grants under the Indigenous Support Program in respect of a year must provide the Department, in the following year, with a report on the expenditure of the grant amount.  The expenditure report must be included in the Indigenous Education Statement in the format prescribed in the Institutional Assessment Framework Information Collection Instructions and submitted to the Department by 31 May each year.

 

PART 3HIGHER EDUCATION PARTICIPATION AND PARTNERSHIPS PROGRAM

 

1.40           Program objectives and structure

 

1.40.1        The Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP) provides funding to providers to undertake activities and implement strategies that improve access to undergraduate courses for people from low SES backgrounds and improve their retention and completion rates.

 

                  The HEPPP aims to encourage and assist providers to meet the Commonwealth Government’s ambition that, by 2020, 20 per cent of domestic undergraduate students must be from low SES backgrounds.

 

1.40.5        The HEPPP has two components:

 

(a)    Component A – the “Participation Component”

         (see sections 1.55 to 1.65.1), and

 

(b)    Component B – the “Partnership Component”

         (see sections 1.70 to 1.85.25).

 

1.45           Total HEPPP funds

 

1.45.1        The total amount of funds available for allocation under the HEPPP in any given year is referred to as the “Allocation”.

 

1.45.5        For the years specified below, the Allocation will be as follows:

 

2010:      $56,396,818

2011:    $111,515,652

2012:    $168,420,623

                  2013:    $168,582,634

 

                  Note: these Allocation amounts are subject to indexation adjustment using the method of indexation set out in Part 5‑6, Division 198 of the Act. Funding is also subject to Parliamentary approval, where indexation may be varied accordingly.

 

1.45.10      The total funds available for the Participation and Partnership Components in any given year shall be as specified in this section, less any payments made under paragraph 1.50.1(a) or (b) for the year:

                 

                  2010:   Participation:  $42,297,613;      Partnership:   $14,099,204

                  2011:   Participation:  $83,636,739;      Partnership:   $27,878,913

                  2012:   Participation:  $126,315,468;     Partnership:   $42,105,156

2013:   Participation:  $126,436,975;     Partnership:   $42,145,658

 

1.50           Distribution of HEPPP funds

 

1.50.1        In each calendar year, the Allocation will be available for:

 

(a)      meeting existing grant commitments consistent with program objectives outlined in these Guidelines;

 

(b)      meeting, but not extending, existing grant commitments made under the previous Higher Education Equity Support Program;

 

(c)      grants in response to proposals invited by the Minister;

 

(d)      distribution to eligible providers under the formula and terms and conditions set out in sections 1.55 to 1.65.1 of these Guidelines for Component A (the Participation Component); and

 

(e)      distribution to eligible providers under the formula and terms and conditions set out in sections 1.70 to 1.80.35 of  these Guidelines for Component B (the Partnership Component).

 

1.50.5        Providers may use Participation funding to supplement Partnership activities.

 

1.50.10      Funds are to be spent on initiatives which target current and prospective domestic undergraduate students from low SES backgrounds, following the priorities for the two components of the Program set out in sections 1.55 and 1.70 of these Guidelines as appropriate.  Providers should tailor their programs to address the specific disadvantage, as appropriate, to the demographics of their low SES student population and applicants.

 

1.50.15      Funds may not be spent on infrastructure, which includes all buildings, fixtures, roads, pathways and modifications thereof. Funds may not be used for general facilities and services and transport vehicles that are not principally for the benefit of students from low SES backgrounds.

 

1.50.20      Grants

 

1.50.25      Grants will be subject to the Minister’s approval (under section 41‑20 of the Act), and the Minister’s determination in writing of:

 

(a)     the amount of the grant (under paragraph 41‑30(b) of the Act); and

 

(b)     any conditions on which the grant is made (under subparagraph 41‑25(b)(i) of the Act), in addition to the condition specified in subparagraph 41‑25(b)(ii) of the Act.

 

1.50.30      Funding for grants may be made in relation to the total cost of a project or on a yearly basis, reviewed annually.

 

1.50.35      Funding for grants made under the HEPPP will be distributed each calendar year.

 

1.55           Component A – Participation objectives

 

1.55.1        The objective of the Participation Component of the HEPPP is to increase the participation of current and prospective domestic students from low SES backgrounds in accredited undergraduate qualifications at providers.

 

1.55.5        Under this Component, providers receive funds based on their respective share of the indicator of domestic undergraduate students from low SES backgrounds. 

 

 

1.60           Formula for distribution of Component A – Participation funds

 

1.60.1        For this Component, the indicator of domestic undergraduate students from low SES backgrounds at a provider is derived using the following formula:

 

C

(Indicator of undergraduates

from low SES backgrounds)

=

(2xA + B) / 3

 

 

 

Where:

A

is the total number of domestic undergraduate students enrolled at a provider who have home addresses in the lowest quartile of the SEIFA Education and Occupation Index based on the measure of low SES as determined by the Minister.

 

 

B

is the number of domestic undergraduate students who meet relevant income support payment criteria in relation to the following payment types: (currently) Dependent Youth Allowance (full‑time students)  ABSTUDY (Living Allowance), Austudy; Pensioner Education Supplement; ABSTUDY Pensioner Education Supplement; and ABSTUDY Away from base assistance.

 

 

1.60.5        The measure of low SES in Component A and the mix of eligible payments listed in Component B in subsection 1.60.1 may be changed at the discretion of the Minister.

 

1.60.10      In any given year, the amount of funds specified for Participation funding under subsection 1.45.10, for that year, shall be available for distribution to eligible providers using the following formula:

 

Funding

=

(C / D) x E

 

 

 

Where:

C

is the indicator of domestic undergraduate students from low SES backgrounds enrolled at an eligible higher education provider as calculated in accordance with subsection 1.60.1.

 

D

is the total of the indicators of domestic undergraduate students from low SES backgrounds, calculated in accordance with subsection 1.60.1, enrolled over all eligible providers.

 

E

is the Participation funding in that year

 

1.65           Conditions of funding

 

1.65.1        Examples of acceptable Participation activities that an eligible provider may undertake include, but are not limited, to the following:

 

(a)     developing and implementing appropriate support services and programs for domestic undergraduate students from low SES backgrounds enrolled or seeking enrolment, such as, but not limited to:

 

(i)     inclusive entry processes;

 

(ii)    transition programs to support cultural and geographical issues of inclusion;

 

(iii)   academic preparation;

 

(iv)   modifications to teaching delivery and learning methods to better meet the needs of students from a low SES background;

 

(v)    mentoring, peer support, tutoring and continued academic support;

 

(vi)   education programs for parents of low SES students, particularly those with children who are first in their families to access higher education; and

 

(vii)  monitoring of student progress.

 

(b)     administering application and selection processes for Commonwealth Scholarships in accordance with the Commonwealth Scholarships Guidelines;

 

(c)     continuing to offer institutional equity scholarships targeted at low SES students;

 

(d)     undertaking research and monitoring the impact and effectiveness of activities aimed at improving the participation of current and prospective domestic undergraduate students from low SES backgrounds in higher education, and

 

(e)     developing and implementing partnership activities for the purpose of encouraging the aspirations and building the capacity of people from low SES backgrounds to access higher education 

 

1.70           Component B – Partnership objectives

 

1.70.1        The objectives of the Partnership Component of the HEPPP are to increase the total number of people from low SES backgrounds who access and participate in higher education through effective outreach and related activities with appropriate stakeholders including, but not limited to, schools, State/Territory Governments, VET providers and community groups. Partnership activities for prospective domestic undergraduate students from low SES backgrounds may:

 

(a)     assist in improving the understanding and awareness of higher education as a viable post‑school option;

 

(b)     assist in pre‑tertiary achievement, either at school or via an alternative pathway, to enable consideration for access to higher education;

 

(c)     encourage an increase in the proportion of such people who apply for attendance at a provider; and

 

(d)     support such people in linking with higher education providers.

 

1.70.5        Partnership activities undertaken by the provider are intended to:

 

(a)     support collaboration between providers to ensure a coordinated approach to identifying and engaging with appropriate stakeholders including, but not limited to, schools, State/Territory Governments, VET providers and community groups to encourage the participation of prospective domestic undergraduate students from low SES backgrounds in higher education; and

 

(b)     concentrate resources to most effectively target low SES communities where aspirations to enter higher education are low and where matriculation to universities is poor.

 

1.75           Formula for distribution of Component B – Partnership funds

 

1.75.1        National Priorities Pool

 

(a)     An amount to be determined by the Minister is available in Partnerships Funding for a National Priorities Pool in each year from 2014 for the duration of the program.

 

(b)     Projects funded through the National Priorities Pool have the objective of supporting more effective implementation of HEPPP nationally and at an institutional level.

 

(c)     Projects funded through the National Priorities Pool are to be approved by the Department. An annual investment plan approved by the Minister will govern the priorities for allocation of funding via the National Priorities Pool.

 

1.75.5        Partnership funds not distributed in accordance with paragraph 1.75.1 are available for distribution through:

 

(a)     the same formula as applied under section 1.60; or

 

(b)     another means determined by the Minister.

 

1.75.6        Where funds are distributed under formula, and total funding permits, eligible providers will each receive a minimum of $250,000 in a year.

 

1.80           Conditions of funding

 

1.80.1        To receive funding, Partnership programs must meet the Component B (Partnership Component) objectives outlined at section 1.70.1 and the principles outlined at section 1.80.5.

 

1.80.5        Providers will need to demonstrate in their proposals capacity and commitment to undertake Partnership activities that reflect the following principles: 

 

(a)     Collaboration. Collaboration by providers with other key stakeholders at the local, regional and/or State/Territory levels which may include, but is not limited to, school staff, community groups, other universities and the VET sector, is encouraged. This includes collaboration in program design and implementation, and in terms of engaging student communities through programs, rather than targeting individuals. Providers should ensure that activities complement other existing similar programs and activities being undertaken in the same region. Where provider Partnership activities occur within the same region, competition is discouraged.

 

(b)     Early intervention and continuing engagement. The program of activities should focus on the long‑term process of building awareness, aspiration and achievement by engaging with people from a low SES background early in their pre‑tertiary education years. Programs are to be targeted and age appropriate.

 

(c)     Awareness. Providers are to ensure that programs promote awareness of, and either provide pathways to, or information on, accessing higher education.

 

(d)    Integrated and multi‑layered.  Providers are to ensure that duplication of effort does not occur. Partnership activities are to be complementary to other programs and activities already being undertaken. Partnership activities also need to be targeted toward the specific needs of prospective domestic undergraduate students from a low SES background.  

 

(e)     Participation focus. Partnership activities, strategies and messages from providers are to promote the benefits of and encourage participation in higher education, generally. They are not to be directed at promoting the benefits of a single provider.

 

(f)      Evidence based. Providers will be required, as part of their Partnership programs, to provide an ‘evidence base’ for proposed programs. This will need to include intended program outcomes, methods for achieving these outcomes, and associated measures for tracking outcomes. For experimental and pilot projects, providers will need to demonstrate how the program will achieve the objectives outlined at section 1.70.1 and the principles outlined at section 1.80.5.

 

1.80.10      Taking budgetary constraints into consideration, priority for approval will be given to proposals which the Minister considers best fulfil the objectives of the Partnership Component (outlined at section 1.70.1).

 

1.80.15      The Minister may, as he or she deems appropriate, attach conditions, benchmarks and reporting requirements to approved proposals which he or she determines best fulfil the objectives of the Partnerships Component

 

1.85           HEPPP reporting

 

1.85.1        Providers will be required to assist the Department in the evaluation of the HEPPP.

 

1.85.5        Providers are to report to the Department by 31 March 2011 on outcomes achieved in the 2010 calendar year in relation to Component A and Component B activities. The report must be in a format to be specified by the Department and will form part of the eligibility for payment from 2011 to 2013.

 

1.85.10      As part of assessing outcomes, providers will be required to demonstrate the progression of domestic undergraduate students from a low SES background, by year, in terms of participation, retention and success.

 

1.85.15      For Component A, providers will be required to report on program activities undertaken, including engagement and support strategies and alternative pathways to university for students, consistent with the objectives at section 1.55.1 and the activities mentioned in subsection 1.65.1.

 

1.85.20      For Component B for 2010‑13, in relation to the base amount of funding set out in subsection 1.75.1, providers will be required to:

 

(a)     explain how the Partnership activities undertaken link with their institution’s mission statement and strategic plan;

 

(b)     provide an outline of their institution’s Partnership strategy and any MOU/agreements entered into with stakeholders such as schools, VET providers, community groups, state and territory governments, or industry;

 

(c)     outline the key Partnership activities undertaken indicating:

 

(i)     number, type and geographic location of schools or other institutions involved;

 

(ii)    number of students who participated and, where possible, their age and/or year level for school attendees; and

 

(iii)   activities directed towards other target groups.

 

(d)     provide any information indicating how Partnership activities meet the objectives of the Partnerships Component outlined at section 1.70.1.

 

1.85.25      For Component B for 2011‑2013, in relation to the submission‑based funding allocation, reporting requirements will be set out as part of the relevant competitive grant process.

 

PART 4HIGHER EDUCATION DISABILITY SUPPORT PROGRAM

 

1.90           Program objective and eligibility

 

1.90.1         The objective of the Higher Education Disability Support Program (DSP) is to promote equality of opportunity in higher education by providing support to students with disability to access, participate in and succeed in higher education.

 

1.90.5         The DSP consists of two components:

 

(1)       Disability Support Fund (DSF); and

 

(2)       Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training (ADCET).

 

 

1.90.10       Only Table A providers are eligible to receive grants under the DSP.

 

1.95           Total program funds and indexation

 

1.95.1         The total amount available for the DSP in 2020 is $7,780,399 (the “2020 DSP Grants Total”). The total amount available for the DSP in any subsequent year will be calculated by indexing the 2020 DSP Grants Total in accordance with the method specified in Part 5-6 of the Act.

 

1.95.5         To avoid doubt, grants made under the DSP are grants in respect of a calendar year.

 

Division 1—Disability Support Fund

 

1.100         Objective of the DSF

 

1.100.1       The objective of the DSF is to promote equality of opportunity in higher education by providing supplementary funding to providers to assist them to attract domestic students with disability to participate in higher education, and to assist providers to deliver appropriate support for them to succeed.

 

1.105         How a provider’s DSF grant is determined

 

1.105.1       The DSF grant payable to a provider annually is calculated by adding:

 

(1)       the enrolments-based grant amount; and

 

(2)       the amount for students with disability with high cost needs.

 

1.105.5       The DSF grant payable to a provider will be calculated based on disability data available to the Commonwealth in the Higher Education Information Management System during the second half of each calendar year.

 

1.110         Amounts available for the DSF

 

1.110.1       The total annual amount available for the DSF is the total amount for the DSP specified in 1.95.1 less the amount allocated by the Minister to ADCET under 1.160.15.

 

1.110.5       The Minister may determine what proportion of the total annual amount available for the DSF in a calendar year will be available for each of the enrolments-based grant amount and the amount for students with disability with high cost needs.

 

1.110.10     If the Minister does not make a determination in accordance with 1.110.5, the total annual amount available for the DSF in a calendar year is to be allocated as follows:

 

(1)       55 per cent of the available amount will be used for annual enrolments-based grant amounts; and

 

(2)       45 per cent of the available amount will be used for grants for students with disability with high cost needs.

 

1.115         Enrolments–based grant amounts

 

1.115.1       The enrolments-based grant amount for a provider will be calculated using the following formula:

 

Grant

=

(A/B) x C

 

 

 

Where:

A

is the number of domestic students with disability enrolled at the provider in the most recent year for which data is available

 

B

is the total number of domestic students with disability enrolled at all providers in the most recent year for which data is available

 

C

is the total annual DSF enrolments-based amount determined under paragraph 1.110 above.

 

1.120         Amount for students with disability with high cost needs

 

1.120.1       A student with disability with high cost needs is a student enrolled with a provider, who has been assessed by the provider as having disability, and has received from the provider educational support and equipment related to that disability in a calendar year for an amount that exceeds the threshold specified in 1.120.5.

 

1.120.5       The student with disability with high cost needs threshold (“the threshold”) in 2020 is $10,000. The threshold in any subsequent year will be calculated by indexing the threshold for 2020 in accordance with the method specified in Part 5-6 of the Act.

 

1.120.10     The grant amount for students with disability with high cost needs payable to a provider will be calculated using the following formula:

 

Grant

=

(D/E) x F

 

 

 

Where:

D

is the sum total of all claims for educational support and equipment submitted by the provider that can be attributed to students with disability with high cost needs in the preceding calendar year.

 

E

is the sum total of all students with disability with high cost needs support claims submitted by all providers.

 

F

is the total annual amount for students with disability with high cost needs determined under paragraph 1.110 above.

 

1.120.15     If the sum total of all students with disability with high costs needs support claims by all providers (E) is less than total annual amount for students with disability with high costs needs (F) then the balance of available funds will be added to the enrolment-based grant amount for distribution to providers according to the formula specified in 1.115.1.

 

1.125         DSF grant amounts

 

1.125.1       Providers will receive their enrolments-based grant amount for each calendar year prior to the end of that calendar year.

 

1.125.5       Providers may claim for educational support and equipment provided to students with disability with high cost needs in the preceding calendar year. Claims for these grant amounts must be submitted using a form specified by the Department.

 

1.130         Interest

 

1.130.1       If a provider earns interest on DSF grant amounts, the provider must spend that interest on eligible DSF activities.

 

1.135         Eligible DSF activities

 

1.135.1       A provider must only spend DSF grant amounts on:

 

(1)       activities aimed at attracting and supporting students with disability to participate in higher education;

 

(2)       educational support and equipment for students with disability;

 

(3)       modifications to course content, teaching materials and delivery methods to better meet the needs of students with disability; or

 

(4)       training of provider staff to support students with disability.

 

1.135.5       For the purposes of 1.135.1(2) above, to provide educational support and equipment to a student, a provider must:

 

(1)       obtain evidence of the student’s disability and support needs;

 

(2)       undertake a needs assessment of that student’s need for a reasonable adjustment in accordance with the Disability Standards for Education 2005, and the provider’s published procedure(s); and

 

(3)       ensure any educational support service or equipment provided or adjusted using DSF funds reasonably meets the student’s needs for successfully engaging in a course or program.

 

1.135.10     Providers must maintain records of the evidence and assessment process, including details of the medical, specialist or other advice obtained in verifying disability and support needs, for a period of no less than 7 years.

 

1.135.15     Providers must publish their needs assessment procedure relevant to their institution on the university’s website in a format that is readily available and accessible to the public.

 

1.140         Ineligible DSF activities

 

1.140.1       A provider must not spend DSF grant amounts on:

 

(1)       infrastructure - including but not limited to buildings, fixtures, roads, pathways and modifications thereof;

 

(2)       salaries and other costs relating to the ongoing operation of general disability support services and facilities that are integral to the provision of education for all students;

 

(3)       the provision of personal care for students with disability, including but not limited to:

 

a.   assistance provided by a paid or unpaid carer to ensure that basic activities of daily living and self-care (such as eating, dressing, grooming and commuting) are accomplished; and

 

b.   providing assistance with medications and medical treatments;

 

(4)       any support service, equipment, or transport that is available under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS); or

 

(5)       any activity not listed under 1.135.1 above.

 

1.145         Repayment of DSF grant funds

 

1.145.1       Where a provider fails to spend any part of the DSF funds at the end of the grant period, the provider must return the unspent amount to the Commonwealth in accordance with instructions received from the Department.

 

1.150         Reporting

 

1.150.1       A provider must report to the Department annually on the progress and outcomes of any DSF activities in a format specified by the Department.

 

Division 2—Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training

 

1.155         Objective of the ADCET

 

1.155.1       The objective of the ADCET is to provide information, advice, and online resources (including downloadable material) through a website to disability practitioners, teachers and students to promote inclusive teaching and learning practices for students with disability.

 

1.160         ADCET grant

 

1.160.5       The ADCET will be hosted by a provider appointed by the Minister.

 

1.160.10     The Minister will determine the conditions of the grant to the provider hosting the ADCET under paragraph 41-25(b) of the Act.

 

1.160.15     The amount of funding to be granted to the provider appointed to host the ADCET will be determined by the Minister under paragraph 41-30(b) of the Act, and will not exceed the total funding available for the DSP.

 


CHAPTER 2      GRANTS TO SUPPORT NATIONAL INSTITUTES

 

PART 1NATIONAL INSTITUTES PROGRAM

 

2.1             Purpose

 

2.1.1          The purpose of this chapter is to specify the national institutes which may be supported by grants under item 4 of the table in subsection 41‑10(1) of the Act.

 

2.5             National Institutes

 

2.5.1          The following national institutes are specified under item 4 of the table in subsection 41‑10(1) of the Act (the Other Grants):

 

(a)     The Australian National University;

 

(b)     the AMC institute at the University of Tasmania;

 

(c)     Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education; and

 

(d)     Victorian College of the Arts at the University of Melbourne.

 


CHAPTER 3      GRANTS TO SUPPORT THE CAPITAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS OF HIGHER EDUCATION PROVIDERS

 

PART 1CAPITAL DEVELOPMENT POOL PROGRAM

 

3.1             Purpose

 

3.1.1          The purpose of these guidelines is to specify the Capital Development Pool (CDP) program as a program for the purposes of Part 2‑3 of the Act. 

 

3.5             Program objectives

 

3.5.1          Grants under the CDP program are to support capital development projects of eligible higher education providers, as specified in item 5 of the table in section 41‑10(1) of the Act. The focus of the program is to encourage:

 

(i)      Development of, or on, new campuses in suburban growth corridors and regional centres.  Priority will be given to projects which support greater collaboration:

 

·        Between higher education providers;

·        Between higher education providers and vocational and technical education providers; or

·        Between higher education providers, other organisations and the private sector;

 

(ii)     Capital developments that:

 

·        Assist higher education providers to establish or expand provision of courses identified by the government as discipline areas of national importance; 

 

(iii)     Information and communications technology infrastructure projects which improve the cost‑effectiveness and quality of educational delivery, for example:

 

·        By improving the efficiency of the higher education provider’s infrastructure, or

·        By providing access to education and research networks;

 

(iv)    The building or major refurbishment of capital infrastructure for student amenities;

 

(v)     The rebuilding or restoration of campus facilities in circumstances which are, in the view of the Minister special and extraordinary; and

 

(vi)    Capital developments which the Minister considers are priorities for particular higher education providers.

 


CHAPTER 4      GRANTS TO ASSIST WITH THE COST OF HIGHER EDUCATION PROVIDERS’ SUPERANNUATION LIABILITIES

 

PART 1HIGHER EDUCATION SUPERANNUATION PROGRAM

 

4.1             Purpose

 

4.1.1          The purpose of these guidelines is to specify:

 

(a)     in accordance with subsection 41‑15(1) of the Act the Higher Education Superannuation Program (the “Program”) as a program under which grants can be paid for the purpose of assisting with the cost of providers’ superannuation liabilities as specified in item 6 of the table in subsection 41‑10(1) of the Act; and

 

(b)     under subsection 41‑15(2) of the Act, other matters relevant to the Program.

 

4.2             Program objectives

 

4.2.1          The objective of the Program is to provide Commonwealth financial assistance to eligible Higher Education Providers to cover certain superannuation expenses.

                 

4.2.2          The Commonwealth contributes to expenses incurred by eligible providers that have former employees who are members of an eligible superannuation scheme or fund.

 

4.3             Conditions of eligibility

 

4.3.1           Only the Higher Education Providers listed below are eligible to receive grants under this program:

 

·        Deakin University 

·        La Trobe University

·        Monash University 

·        Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University 

·        Swinburne University of Technology

·        The University of Melbourne

·        Federation University (formerly University of Ballarat)

·        Victoria University

·        Curtin University of Technology

·        Edith Cowan University

·        The Flinders University of South Australia

·        The University of Adelaide

·        University of South Australia

·        University of Tasmania

·        Charles Darwin University

·        University of Canberra

·        Australian Catholic University

·        The University of Sydney

·        The University of New South Wales

·        Macquarie University

·        University of Newcastle

·        Southern Cross University

·        University of Technology, Sydney

·        University of New England

·        University of Western Sydney

·        University of Wollongong

·        Charles Sturt University

 

4.3.2          To receive a grant under the program, a provider must have former employees who are members of one of the following superannuation schemes or funds:

 

·        New South Wales State Superannuation Scheme

·        New South Wales State Authorities Superannuation Scheme

·        New South Wales State Authorities Non‑Contributory Scheme

·        Victorian State Superannuation Fund – Revised Scheme

·        Victorian State Superannuation Fund – New Scheme

·        Western Australian Government Employees Superannuation Scheme

·        South Australian Superannuation Fund

·        Tasmanian Retirement Benefits Fund

·        Catholic Superannuation Fund

·        Commonwealth Superannuation Scheme

·        Public Sector Superannuation Scheme

 

4.4             Grants made under the Program may cover:

 

(a)     ongoing superannuation expenses. This may include, but is not limited to administrative fees, management fees and applicable taxes; and/or

 

(b)     paying out superannuation liabilities.

 

4.5             Grants made under the Program will not cover:

 

(a)     superannuation employer contributions for current employees; and/or

 

(b)     superannuation liabilities attributed to excess salary increases.

 

4.6             Grant approval

 

4.6.1          Grants will be approved by the Minister under section 41‑20 of the Act.

 

4.7             Grant amounts

 

4.7.1          The Program grant amounts will be determined in writing by the Minister under paragraph 41‑30(b) of the Act.

 

4.8             Conditions that apply to grants

 

4.8.1          The Minister may determine conditions that apply to grants under subparagraph 41‑25(b)(i) of the Act.

 

4.9             Reconciliation

 

4.9.1          Grants provided to eligible providers will be reconciled with actual member entitlements paid by eligible providers for the eligible funds or schemes.

 

4.9.2          Eligible providers must:

 

(a)  obtain evidential supporting documentation and/or information from the relevant superannuation fund or scheme or actuary and provide the information to the Department upon request. This may include but is not limited to invoices from the fund or scheme; and

 

(b)  provide authority for the Commonwealth to obtain further information in relation to the expenses and liabilities covered under the Grant from the relevant superannuation fund or scheme or actuary.

 


CHAPTER 4A   GRANTS TO FOSTER COLLABORATION AND REFORM IN HIGHER EDUCATION

 

PART 1INTRODUCTION

 

4A.1           Purpose

 

4A.1.1        The purpose of this Chapter is to specify:

 

(a)  in accordance with subsection 41‑15(1) of the Act, programs under which grants are to be paid to foster collaboration and reform in higher education as specified in item 9 of the table in subsection 41‑10(1) of the Act; and

 

(b)  other matters for the purposes of Part 2‑3 of the Act.

 

PART 2UNIVERSITY AND INDUSTRY COLLABORATION PROGRAM

 

4A.5           Program and program objective

 

4A.5.1        The University and Industry Collaboration Program is a program under which grants for the purpose specified in item 9 of the table in subsection 41‑10(1) of the Act are to be paid.

 

4A.5.10      The objective of the University and Industry Collaboration Program is to foster collaboration and reform in higher education, in particular to enhance collaboration between universities and industry.

Note 1:  Table A providers are eligible to receive grants to foster collaboration and reform in higher education: see item 9 of the table in subsection 41‑10(1) of the Act.

Note 2.  A grant is made on such conditions (if any) as the Minister determines in writing: see paragraph 41‑25(b) of the Act.

 


CHAPTER 5      GRANTS TO SUPPORT DIVERSITY AND STRUCTURAL REFORM

 

PART 1—PURPOSE

 

5.1             Purpose

 

5.1.1          The purpose of this chapter is to specify the:

 

(a)    Diversity and Structural Adjustment Fund [the "Diversity Fund”] as a program, beginning in 2008, from which grants to support diversity and structural reform in higher education may be paid; and

 

(b)   Clinical Outreach Program, beginning in 2009 and ending in 2013, from which grants to support clinical training for dentistry students at James Cook University may be paid;

 

in accordance with item 9A of the table in subsection 41‑15(1) of the Act, and to specify some of the matters listed in paragraphs 41‑15(2)(a) to (f) of the Act.

 

PART 2—DIVERSITY AND STRUCTURAL ADJUSTMENT FUND

 

5.5             Program objective

 

5.5.1          The objective of the Diversity Fund is to promote structural reform by eligible higher education providers that supports greater specialisation among providers, more diversity in the higher education sector and better responsiveness to labour markets operating in the local or national interest.

 

5.10           Total program funds and allocation

 

5.10.1        In this chapter, the total amount of funds available for allocation under the Diversity Fund in any particular year is referred to as the “Allocation”, calculated in accordance with paragraph 5.10.5.

 

5.10.5        The Allocation will be $49,991,000 in each of the calendar years 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, plus:

 

(a)     some or all of the Allocation for the immediately preceding year that was not used in that year, subject to the Act and any relevant approvals of the Minister and the Prime Minister; and

 

(b)     indexation calculated in accordance with the method set out in Part 5‑6 of the Act.

 

5.15           Allocation of grants

 

5.15.1        In each year the Allocation will be available for:

 

(a)     meeting existing funding commitments made under the Diversity Fund for the year;

 

(b)     meeting existing funding commitments made under the Collaboration and Structural Reform Fund;

 

(c)     grants in response to proposals invited by the Department; and

 

(d)     grants in response to proposals outside the submission‑based rounds referred to in subparagraph 5.15.1(c).

 

5.15.5        Grants will be made only in response to proposals that are consistent with the objectives of the program and address the program’s priorities.

 

5.15.10      Grants may be made in respect of a project or in respect of a year.

 

5.15.15      Grants will be subject to the Minister’s approval (under section 41‑20 of the Act), and the Minister’s determination in writing of:

 

(a)     the amount of the grant (under paragraph 41‑30(b) of the Act); and

 

(b)     any conditions on which the grant is made (under subparagraph 41‑25(b)(i) of the Act), in addition to the condition specified in subparagraph 41‑25(b)(ii) of the Act. 

 

5.20           Organisations that are eligible for grants under the Diversity Fund

 

5.20.1        Table A providers, and Table B providers that are universities.

 

5.20.5        The following bodies corporate are eligible only for the purposes of meeting existing commitments made to them under the Collaboration and Structural Reform Fund:

 

(i)      The General Sir John Monash Foundation;

 

(ii)     Australian Power Institute Ltd;

 

(iii)     International Water Centre Pty Ltd; and

 

(iv)    the Australian Association of Graduate Employers Ltd.

 

5.25           Application process

 

5.25.1        Applications must be submitted on the specified application form.

 

PART 3CLINICAL OUTREACH PROGRAM

 

5.30           Program objective

 

5.30.1        The objective of the Clinical Outreach Program is to provide infrastructure and resources for the clinical training of James Cook University’s dentistry students in remote localities, to be determined by James Cook University.  This will assist James Cook University to offer diverse clinical training for students as part of its establishment of the first Dental School in tropical Australia.

 

5.35           Eligibility

 

5.35.1        James Cook University is eligible to receive a grant under the Clinical Outreach Program.

 

5.45           Total program funds and allocation

 

5.45.1        The total allocation available for approval will be $2,000,000 in 2009 and that amount will be indexed in accordance with the method set out in Part 5‑6 of the Act for each of the years 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

 

5.50           Allocation of grant

 

5.50.1        Grants will be made in respect of a year.

 

5.50.5        Grants will be subject to the Minister’s:

 

(a)     approval under section 41‑20 of the Act;

 

(b)     determination in writing of the grant amount under section 41‑30 of the Act; and

 

(c)     determination in writing of any conditions on which the grant is made (under subparagraph 41‑25(b)(i) of the Act), in addition to the condition specified in subparagraph 41‑25(b)(ii) of the Act.

 


CHAPTER 6    GRANTS TO SUPPORT STRUCTURAL ADJUSTMENT

 

PART 1—STRUCTURAL ADJUSTMENT FUND PROGRAM

 

6.1             Purpose

 

6.1.1          The purpose of this chapter is to specify the Structural Adjustment Fund as a program for the purposes of the Other Grants Guidelines in accordance with subsection 41‑15(1) of the Act under which grants to support structural adjustment may be paid in accordance with item 9B of the Table in subsection 41‑10(1) of the Act.  The program will operate in accordance with Program Administrative Guidelines issued by the Minister.

 

6.1.2          The Structural Adjustment Fund comprises funding provided through the Act under this Chapter and funding provided through the Nation‑building Funds Act 2008 from the Education Investment Fund.  Some projects may be funded under only this Chapter, some projects may be funded under both this Chapter and the Education Investment Fund and some projects may be funded from the Education Investment Fund only.  See the Program Administrative Guidelines and below for more details.

 

6.5             Program objectives and outcomes

 

6.5.1          The objective of the Structural Adjustment Fund program is to improve the financial sustainability and teaching and learning quality of universities and thereby to improve their ability to provide strong higher education outcomes across the country, particularly in regional Australia and outer metropolitan areas.

 

                  Grants under the program will do this by assisting eligible higher education providers (eligibility criteria are specified in the Program Administrative Guidelines) to carry out projects for significant structural adjustments to prepare for the move to a demand driven funding system.

 

6.5.5          Funded projects will contribute significantly to achievement of both of the following outcomes:

 

(i)      Improved financial sustainability:  institutions and campuses having the size, market alignment and agility necessary to be sustainable in a demand driven funding environment; and

 

(ii)     Improved quality of teaching and learning provision:  quality higher education provision regardless of student location and the mode of delivery of courses.

 

6.5.10        For the purposes of the Structural Adjustment Fund, structural adjustment will mean:

 

(i)      consolidation of higher education institutions or campuses; and/or

 

(ii)     significant collaboration with TAFE institutes and/or other universities; and/or

 

(iii)     significant changes in the focus, organisation or operation of institutions or campuses;

 

directed at achievement of the outcomes specified in 6.5.5.

 

6.10           Allocation of grants

 

6.10.1        Eligible higher education providers will be invited to submit applications for a funding round that will be conducted on a competitive basis in accordance with this Chapter and the Program Administrative Guidelines.

 

6.10.5        All applications received in a competitive funding round will be assessed by the Department against the evaluation criteria specified in the Program Administrative Guidelines.  The Department will make recommendations for funding to the Minister.

 

6.10.10      In the event that the competitive funding round does not result in commitment of the entirety of the funds available for that round, the Minister may direct the Department to enter into negotiations with particular eligible higher education providers with a view to developing projects which are in accordance with this Chapter and the Program Administrative Guidelines.

 

6.10.15      Apart from the funds allocated under the processes specified in paragraphs 6.10.1 ‑ 6.10.10 an amount of funds not exceeding $20,000,000 in total may be allocated for structural adjustment projects which the Minister considers are priorities for particular eligible higher education providers.  Grants made in this manner will be for projects that will contribute to the outcomes specified in paragraph 6.5.5.

 

6.10.20      Grants will be approved by the Minister in accordance with section 41‑20 of the Act.  Grants will be subject to conditions determined by the Minister under section 41‑25 of the Act.  Before approving a grant, the Minister will give consideration to the recommendations of the Department.

 


CHAPTER 7      GRANTS FOR ACTIVITIES THAT ASSURE AND ENHANCE THE QUALITY OF AUSTRALIA’S HIGHER EDUCATION SECTOR

 

PART 1PERFORMANCE FUNDING—REWARD FUNDING

 

Division 1—General

 

7.1             Purpose

 

7.1.1          The purpose of this chapter is to specify programs in accordance with subsection 41‑15(1) of the Act for the purpose of assuring and enhancing the quality of Australia’s higher education sector in accordance with item 11 of the table in subsection 41‑10(1) of the Act, and to specify matters listed in subsection 41‑15(2) of the Act.

 

7.5             Description of the programs in this chapter

 

7.5.1          Programs in this chapter aim to assure and enhance the quality of teaching and learning in Australia’s higher education sector, in particular to ensure that universities target their efforts to improve outcomes for students.

 

7.10           Program description and structure

 

7.10.1        The Reward Funding program provides funding to eligible higher education providers and bodies corporate to improve outcomes for students and achieve national quality, participation and attainment objectives.

 

7.10.5        The Reward Funding program components:

 

(a)     Component A – Reward Funding for Table A providers meeting performance targets (see section 8.20)

 

(b)     Component B – Unallocated Reward Funding from Component A (see section 8.45)

 

(c)     Component C – Quality Initiatives (see section 8.60)

 

7.15           Total Reward Funding

 

7.15.1        The total amount of funding available for allocation under the Reward Funding program for 2012 is $32,449,462.

 

Reward Funding amounts will be indexed in accordance with the method set out in Part 5‑6, Division 198 of the Act.


 

 

7.15.5        The total funding available for components A, B and C for 2012 is outlined below:

 

2012:         Component A: $27,590,462 (allocated as per section 8.20)

Component B: Any unallocated funds remaining from Component A

                                    Component C: $4,859,000

           

Reward Funding amounts will be indexed in accordance with the method set out in Part 5‑6, Division 198 of the Act.

 

Division 2Component A—Reward Funding for Table A providers meeting performance targets

 

7.20           Purpose

 

7.20.1        Table A providers will be allocated Reward Funding on the basis of meeting university targets set out in the Compacts and eligibility requirements below at Clause 8.25 and set against a framework of performance indicators.

 

7.20.5        Mission‑based Compacts are three‑year agreements that show how each university’s mission contributes to the Government’s goals for higher education, and include details of major higher education and research funding and performance targets.

 

7.25           Eligibility requirements

 

7.25.1        A provider is eligible for Reward Funding if:

 

(a)     the university is a Table A provider; and

 

(b)     the Minister has allocated a number of Commonwealth Supported Places to the provider for that year under section 30‑10 of the Act; and

 

(c)     the provider has entered into a funding agreement with the Commonwealth under section 30‑25 of the Act in respect of that year (the 2011‑2013 Compact period).

 

7.25.5        For a provider to receive Reward Funding for an indicator in 2012 it must:

 

(a)     agree to the performance targets relating to specific Commonwealth goals contained in clause 4.14 of the university’s 2011‑2013 Compact; and

 

(b)     supply performance data to the Commonwealth for all indicators as per the requirements set out in the Performance Funding Technical Guidelines; and

 

(c)     perform one of the following:

 

(i)     in respect of the low SES indicator, achieve the relevant excellence or improvement target for the low SES indicator;

 

(ii)    in respect of the other underrepresented group indicator, achieve the improvement target for the other underrepresented group indicator.

 

7.25.10      For a provider to receive Reward Funding for an indicator in 2013 it must:

 

(a)     agree to the performance targets relating to specific Commonwealth goals contained in clause 4.14 of the university’s 2011‑2013 Compact; and

 

(b)     supply performance data to the Commonwealth for all indicators as per the requirements set out in the Performance Funding Technical Guidelines; and

 

(c)     perform one of the following:

 

(i)     in respect of the low SES indicator, achieve the relevant excellence or improvement target for the low SES indicator;

 

(ii)    in respect of the other underrepresented group indicator, achieve the improvement target for the other underrepresented group indicator. 

 

7.30           Payment dates and reporting

 

7.30.1        Reward Funding payments to a provider will be paid in accordance with clause 4.1 headed Category 1 Participation and Social inclusion as outlined in the Compact.

 

7.30.5        Universities will report against their performance targets for performance Categories 1, 2 and 3 through the insertion of performance results in section 4.14 of the Compact.

 

7.35           Calculation of Component A

 

7.35.1        Each provider’s maximum possible Reward Funding payment for Component A will be calculated based on their proportional share of the Basic Grant Amount distributed in the previous grant year, as at 31 December of that year (section 33‑5 of the Act).

 

7.40           Calculations by indicator

 

7.40.1        Performance Category 1: Participation and Social Inclusion

 

7.40.5        Performance indicator 1A: Proportion of domestic undergraduates who are from a low SES background (low SES target)

 

 

 

The amount of funding payable to a Table A provider in 2012 and 2013 for achievement of the low SES excellence or improvement target agreed in the university’s 2011‑2013 Compact will be calculated in accordance with the following formula:

 

 

=

potential Reward Funding available to university i in a given year for the low SES target

 

=

proportion of overall Reward Funding allocated to the low SES target (as outlined in the Performance Funding Administration Guidelines)

 

E

=

The Component A Reward Funding available for achievement of performance targets in a given year

 

=

the Basic Grant Amount the previous grant year for university i

=

the Basic Grant Amount the previous grant year for university k (where k is all universities participating in Performance Funding during the 2011‑13 Compact period)

 

=

the total Basic Grant Amount the previous grant year for all universities participating in Performance Funding during the 2011‑13 Compact period

 

7.40.10      Performance indicator 1B: Proportion of domestic undergraduates who are from another underrepresented group (other underrepresented group target)

 

The amount of funding payable to a Table A provider in 2012 and 2013 for achievement of the other underrepresented group improvement target agreed in the university’s 2011‑2013 Compact will be calculated in accordance with the following formula:

 

 

 

 

Where:

 

=

potential Reward Funding available to university i in a given year for the other underrepresented group target

=

proportion of overall Reward Funding allocated to the other underrepresented group target (as outlined in the Performance Funding Administration Guidelines)

E

=

the Component A Reward Funding available for achievement of performance targets in a given year

=

the Basic Grant Amount the previous grant year for university i

=

the Basic Grant Amount the previous grant year for university k (where k is all universities participating in Performance Funding during the 2011‑13 Compact period)

=

the total Basic Grant Amount the previous grant year for all universities participating in Performance Funding during the 2011‑13 Compact period

 

7.40.15      There is no Reward Funding for Performance Categories 2 and 3.

 

Division 2A—Component B—unallocated reward funding from Component A

 

7.45           Purpose

 

7.45.1        This section provides for the dispersal of any Reward Funding not allocated under Component A.

 

7.50           Organisations eligible for grants

 

7.50.1        Organisations eligible for grants under Component B include:

 

(a)     Table A providers; and

 

(b)     Other organisations as determined by the Minister.

 

7.55           Distribution of Component B

 

7.55.1        The Minister will determine the conditions of grants to eligible organisations by Ministerial determination under paragraph s41‑25(b) of the Act.

 

7.55.5        Grants made under this component may be paid on a one‑off basis or paid over a project period.

 

7.55.10      Eligible organisations will be required to report on performance as specified in the Conditions of Grant.

 

Division 3—Component C—Quality Initiatives

 

7.60           Purpose

 

7.60.1        Reward Funding is available in 2012 and 2013 for quality initiatives to ensure that the growth in university enrolments is underpinned by a focus on quality. The funding is provided to help assure and strengthen the quality of teaching and learning in higher education.

 

7.65           Organisations eligible for grants

 

7.65.1        Organisations eligible for grants under Component C include:

 

(a)     Table A providers

 

(b)     Graduate Careers Australia

 

(c)     The Australian Council for Educational Research Limited

 

(d)     The Council for Aid to Education

 

(e)     Other organisations as determined by the Minister

 

7.70           Distribution of Component C – quality initiatives

 

7.70.1        The Minister will determine the conditions of grants to eligible organisations by Ministerial determination under s41‑25(b) of the Act.

 

7.70.5        Grants under this component may be paid on a one‑off basis or paid over a project period.

 

7.70.10      Eligible organisations will be required to report on performance as specified in the Conditions of Grant.

 

PART 2PROMOTION OF EXCELLENCE IN LEARNING AND TEACHING IN HIGHER EDUCATION (PELTHE)

 

7.75           Purpose

 

7.75.1        The purpose of this section is to establish the PELTHE as a program for the purposes of subsection 41‑15(1) of the Act for the purpose of assuring and enhancing the quality of Australia’s higher education sector in accordance with item 11(a) of the table in subsection 41‑10(1) of the Act and to specify matters listed in subsection 41‑15(2) of the Act.

 

7.80           Program objectives

 

7.80.1        The objective of the PELTHE Program is to promote excellence in learning and teaching in higher education in Australia through a suite of grants.  It aims to focus universities’ efforts in enhancing academics’ teaching skills to improve student learning outcomes.

 

7.85           Eligibility

 

7.85.1        Higher education providers eligible for funding under the PELTHE Program are those specified in the Act as Table A providers and Table B providers and higher education providers which receive a grant under the part 2.2 – Commonwealth Grants Scheme of the Act. 

 

7.90           Amount spent on the program in a particular year

 

7.90.1        Funding for the PELTHE Program is provided under Part 2‑3 of the Act.  Subject to Parliamentary disallowance under section 41‑50 of the Act, the level of funding provided is $14.3 million in 2012.

 

7.95           Allocation process

 

7.95.1        Each year, the Minister will determine priority areas for grants to be paid under the PELTHE Program.  Higher Education Providers defined as eligible for funding in section 7.85.1 of these guidelines will be able to apply/nominate for grants via a process to be determined by the Minister.

 

7.100         Payment to higher education providers

 

7.100.1      In accordance with section 164‑5 of the Act, amounts will be paid in such a way as the Minister determines, and at such times as the Secretary determines.

 

PART 3BODIES CORPORATE ELIGIBLE FOR GRANTS

 

7.101         Purpose

 

7.101.1      This section specifies bodies corporate eligible for grants, in accordance with item 11(a) of the table in subsection 41‑10(1) of the Act.

 

7.105         Bodies corporate eligible for grants

 

7.105.1      The following bodies corporate are eligible for grants under this Item:

 

(a)     Graduate Careers Australia (GCA);

 

(b)     The Australian Council for Educational Research Limited (ACER);

 

(c)     Universities Australia (UA); and

 

(d)     The Organisation for Economic, Co‑operation and Development (OECD).

 

7.105.5      The Minister will determine the conditions of grants to the GCA, ACER, UA and the OECD by Ministerial determination under s41‑25(b)(i) of the Act.

 

PART 4ENHANCING THE TRAINING OF MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE TEACHERS PROGRAM (ETMST Program)

 

7.110         Purpose

 

7.110.1      The purpose of this section is to establish ETMST Program as a program for the purposes of subsection 41‑15(1) of the Act for the purpose of assuring and enhancing the quality of Australia’s higher education sector in accordance with item 11(a) of the table in subsection 41‑10(1) of the Act and to specify matters listed in subsection 41‑15(2) of the Act.

 

7.115         Program objectives

 

7.115.1      The objective of the ETMST Program is to drive a major improvement in the quality of mathematics and science teachers by supporting new teacher training programs in which faculties, schools or departments of science, mathematics and education:

 

(a)     collaborate on course design and delivery; and

 

(b)     focus on combining content and pedagogy so that mathematics and science are taught as dynamic, forward‑looking, and collaborative human endeavours.

 

7.120         Eligibility

 

7.120.1      Institutions listed in Table A and Table B of the Higher Education Support Act 2003 and other approved higher education providers allocated places under the Commonwealth Grants Scheme, are eligible to apply for grants under this Program.

 

7.125         Total ETMST Program allocation

 

7.125.1      In this chapter, the total amount of funds available for allocation under the ETMST Program in any given year is referred to as the “ETMST Allocation”.

 

7.125.5      The ETMST Allocation available to eligible higher education providers will be $12,408,620 for the period 2014 – 2016.

 

7.125.10    Indexation of the ETMST Allocation shall be calculated in accordance with the method set out in Part 5‑6, Division 198 of the Act.

 

7.130         Allocation of ETMST Program Funding

 

7.130.1      Grants will be subject to the Minister’s approval (under section 41‑20 of the Act), and the Minister’s determination in writing of:

 

(a)     the amount of the grant (under paragraph 41‑30(b) of the Act); and

 

(b)     any conditions on which the grant is made (under subparagraph 41‑25(b)(i) of the Act), in addition to the condition specified in subparagraph 41‑25(b)(ii) of the Act. 


 

PART 5HIGHER EDUCATION RELIEF PROGRAM (HERP)

 

7.135         Purpose

 

7.135.1      The Higher Education Relief Program (HERP) is specified as a program for the purposes of subsection 41‑15(1) of the Act. This Part also specifies matters listed in subsection 41‑15(2) of the Act in relation to that program.

 

7.135.5      The purpose of the HERP is to assure and enhance the quality of Australia’s higher education sector, in accordance with item 11(a) of the table in subsection 41‑10(1) of the Act, during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in 2020.

 

7.140         Program objective

 

7.140.1      The HERP provides financial assistance to eligible higher education providers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 for activities to ensure that these providers continue to operate during, and after, the pandemic, and for specific activities identified in the conditions of grant made under clause 7.155.1 of these Guidelines.

 

7.140.5      The objective of this program is to ensure that higher education providers are able to keep operating and employing staff during, and after, the COVID-19 pandemic, and to assure the ability of these providers to continue to provide quality education services.

 

7.145         Calculation of grant amounts

 

7.145.1      The HERP for a Table A provider for 2020 will be calculated as follows:


Where:

 

Max = For 2020,

                       

Maximum Basic Grant Amount for non-designated courses of study

                                                +

Maximum Basic Grant Amount for designated courses of study

                                                +

Amounts worked out under subsection 33-1(1)(b) of the Act;

 

                  CGS Payments for 2020 = the amount a provider is entitled to be paid under section 33-1 of the Act.

 

JobKeeper Payments = any payments made to the higher education provider in 2020 under Division 4 of Part 2 of the Coronavirus Economic Response Package (Payments and Benefits) Rules 2020, an instrument made under the Coronavirus Economic Response Package (Payments and Benefits) Act 2020.

 

7.145.5      The HERP for a non-Table A provider for 2020 will be calculated as follows:

Where:

 

Max = For 2020,

 

The provider’s Maximum Basic Grant Amount

                                                            +

Amounts worked out under paragraph 33-1(1)(b) of the Act

Any funding allocated to the provider to support the delivery of ‘short courses’ in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as set out in the provider’s funding agreement;

 

CGS Payments for 2020 = the amount a provider is entitled to be paid under section 33-1 of the Act minus any funding allocated to the provider to support the delivery of ‘short courses’ in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as set out in the provider’s funding agreement.

 

JobKeeper Payments = any payments made to the higher education provider in 2020 under Division 4 of Part 2 of the Coronavirus Economic Response Package (Payments and Benefits) Rules 2020, an instrument made under the Coronavirus Economic Response Package (Payments and Benefits) Act 2020.

 

7.145.10    If an eligible higher education provider’s grant under the HERP is calculated to be less than $0, the grant amount for that higher education provider is determined to be $0.

 

7.150         Extra conditions of eligibility

 

7.150.1      A provider that has entered into a funding agreement under section 30-25 of Part 2-2 of the Act for 2020 is eligible for a grant under the HERP.

 

7.155         Conditions of grant 

 

7.155.1      The recipient of a grant under the HERP must comply with any terms of the grant approval imposed by the Minister.

 


CHAPTER 7B   GRANTS TO FOSTER AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE IMPORTANCE OF, OR PROMOTE RESEARCH AND SCHOLARSHIP IN, SCIENCE, SOCIAL SCIENCE OR THE HUMANITIES IN AUSTRALIA

 

PART 1—AUSTRALIAN MATHS AND SCIENCE PARTNERSHIPS PROGRAM (AMSPP)

 

7B.1           Purpose

 

7B.1.1        The purpose of this section is to establish AMSPP as a program for the purposes of subsection 41‑15(1) of the Act for the purpose of fostering an understanding of the importance of, and promoting research and scholarship in, science, social science and the humanities in Australia, in accordance with item 11(b) of the table in subsection 41‑10(1) of the Act and to specify matters listed in subsection 41‑15(2) of the Act.

 

7B.5           Program objectives

 

7B.5.1        The AMSPP provides funding to support innovative partnerships between universities, schools and other organisations to:

 

(a)     improve secondary students’ engagement in maths and science; and

 

(b)     increase the number of students participating in mathematics and science undergraduate courses.

 

7B.10         Eligibility

 

7B.10.1      The higher education providers eligible to receive funding under the AMSPP are specified at item 11(b) of the table at Section 41‑10(1) of the Act, and Table B providers as listed at Section 16‑20 of the Act.

 

7B.15         Total Program allocation

 

7B.15.1      In this chapter, the total amount of funds available for allocation under the AMSPP in any given year is referred to as the “AMSPP Allocation”.

 

7B.15.5      The AMSPP Allocation available to eligible higher education providers will be $22.3m for the period 2013 – 2016.

 

7B.15.10    Indexation of the AMSPP Allocation shall be calculated in accordance with the method set out in Part 5‑6, Division 198 of the Act.

 

7B.20         Distribution of the Funds

 

7B.20.1      Grants will be subject to the Minister’s approval (under section 41‑20 of the Act), and the Minister’s determination in writing of:

 

(a)     the amount of the grant (under paragraph 41‑30(b) of the Act); and

 

(b)     any conditions on which the grant is made (under subparagraph 41‑25(b)(i) of the Act), in addition to the condition specified in subparagraph 41‑25(b)(ii) of the Act. 

 


CHAPTER 7C   GRANTS FOR ACTIVITIES THAT SUPPORT OPEN ACCESS TO HIGHER EDUCATION ACROSS AUSTRALIA

 

PART 1REGIONAL UNIVERSITY CENTRES PROGRAM

 

7C.1           Purpose

 

7C.1.1        This Part establishes the Regional University Centres Program as a program for the purposes of subsection 41‑15(1) of the Act, and specifies matters listed in subsection 41‑15(2) of the Act in relation to that program.

 

7C.1.5        The purpose of the Program is to support open access to higher education across Australia, in accordance with item 11(c) of the table in subsection 41‑10(1) of the Act.

 

7C.5           Program objective

 

7C.5.1        The Program provides financial assistance to community based bodies corporate in regional and remote areas of Australia, to enable them to establish and maintain regional university centres in regional areas that support local Commonwealth assisted students who are undertaking an undergraduate course of study.

 

7C.10         Eligibility

 

7C.10.1      The following entities are eligible for a grant under the Program:

 

(a)     a body corporate that the Minister is satisfied has, or will have, a physical operational presence in a Remoteness Area categorised under the Remoteness Structure as Inner Regional Australia, Outer Regional Australia, Remote Australia or Very Remote Australia;

 

(b)     a body corporate that is a registered entity (within the meaning of the Australian Charities and Not‑for‑profits Commission Act 2012);

 

(c)     a Table A provider;

 

(d)     a Table B provider; and

 

(e)     a higher education provider to which the Minister has allocated Commonwealth supported places under section 30‑10 of the Act.

 

7C.10.5      However, a body corporate mentioned in paragraph 7C.10.1(a) or (b) is not eligible to receive a grant under the Program unless the Minister is satisfied that:

 

(a)     the body corporate, and each person who makes, or participates in making, decisions that affect the whole, or a substantial part, of the body’s affairs, is a fit and proper person within the meaning of the Act;

 

(b)     the body corporate is financially viable.

 

7C.15         Conditions of grant

 

Grant to be used to establish and operate a Regional University Centre

7C.15.1      A grant under the Program must only be used to establish, operate and maintain a facility in, and to provide services from, a location in a Remoteness Area categorised under the Remoteness Structure as Inner Regional Australia, Outer Regional Australia, Remote Australia or Very Remote Australia.

 

Grant to be used to support students to undertake study

7C.15.5      The recipient of a grant under the Program must ensure that the facilities and services provided using the grant primarily support Commonwealth assisted students.

 

Note:          Facilities and services described in this section may be provided to other students undertaking study, if there is spare capacity at the Regional University Centre to do so.

 

7C.15.10    A grant under the Program must only be used to support students to undertake study, through provision of some or all of the following:

 

(a)     infrastructure and facilities, including:

 

(i)     study spaces, including facility rental, furniture and furnishings; and

 

(ii)    internet access, including the cost of connection to, and maintenance of, internet services, and telecommunications hardware necessary to connect the facility to internet; and

 

(iii)   computing facilities including computers, local network hardware, operating software and software licences, applications software and software licence, and computing peripherals such as printers and workstations; and

 

(iv)   video‑conferencing facilities, including video‑conferencing equipment and software; and

 

(b)     academic support services, including:

 

(i)     library services, including licences for research databases, books and periodicals, shelving and storage systems, photocopiers, and reader support services; and

 

(ii)    academic skills training and tutoring;

 

(c)     administrative support, including student administration activities, IT support services, facilities management, and facility security (human and security systems); and

 

(d)     pastoral care consistent with the Higher Education Standards Framework 2015, including:

 

(i)     student wellbeing and safety; and

 

(ii)    information on student obligations and behavioural standards; and

 

(iii)   personal support services, cultural support and ancillary services, hours of availability, and how to access services and emergency contact details where applicable.

 

Grant recipient to comply with additional terms determined by the Minister

7C.15.15    The recipient of a grant under the Program must comply with any terms of the grant approval imposed by the Minister.

 


CHAPTER 8      GRANTS TO ASSIST WITH TRANSITIONAL COSTS OF CHANGES TO MAXIMUM STUDENT CONTRIBUTION AMOUNTS

 

PART 1—TRANSITIONAL COSTS PROGRAM

 

8.1             Purpose

 

8.1.1          The purpose of this chapter is to specify:

 

(a)     in accordance with subsection 41‑15(1) of the Act, the Transitional Costs Program as a program under which grants can be paid for the purpose of assisting with the transitional costs of changes to maximum student contribution amounts as specified in item 12 of the table in subsection 41‑10(1) of the Act; and

 

(b)     under subsection 41‑15(2) of the Act, some other matters relevant to the Transitional Costs Program.

 

8.5             Program objectives

 

8.5.1          The objective of the Transitional Costs Program is to assist higher education providers with the transitional costs of the decrease in the Commonwealth contribution amount for accounting, administration, economics and commerce units of study that are undertaken by students who are pre‑2008 students.

 

8.10           Eligibility

 

8.10.1        A higher education provider is eligible for a grant under the Transitional Costs Program for a year, if the year is 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 or 2012 and the provider has:

 

(a)     an allocation of Commonwealth supported places for that year; and

 

(b)     students, who are classified as pre‑2008 students, are enrolled in units of study in accounting, administration, economics or commerce for that year.

 

8.10.5        Pre‑2008 students are those students to whom Item 7 of Schedule 7 of the Higher Education Legislation Amendment (2007 Budget Measures) Act 2007 applies.

 

8.15           Grant amounts

 

For 2008

 

8.15.1        The Transitional Costs Program grant amount that may be determined for an eligible higher education provider for 2008 will be calculated in accordance with the following formula:

 

A times B

 

where:

 

A       is the estimated EFTSL of pre‑2008 students to be enrolled in that year, as determined by the Department upon consultation with the relevant provider.

 

B       is $1,083

 

For 2009 to 2012

 

8.15.5        The Transitional Costs Program grant for an eligible higher education provider that may be determined for a year being 2009, 2010, 2011 or 2012 will be calculated in accordance with the following formula:

 

(A times B) plus (C times D)

 

where:

 

A       is the estimated EFTSL of pre‑2008 students to be enrolled in that year, as determined by the Department upon consultation with the relevant provider.

 

B       is $1,083, indexed from 2009 in accordance with the method set out in Part 5‑6 of the Act.

 

C       is the difference between the ‘actual EFTSL’ and estimated EFTSL for the preceding year and which may be negative.

 

D       is the value of B for the preceding year.

 

8.15.10      For the purposes of calculating Transitional Costs Program grants in 2012, Commonwealth supported places at the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education will be considered to be Commonwealth supported places at Charles Darwin University.  Any adjustments to Transitional Costs Program grants for 2011 or previous years will be a benefit or liability, as the case may be, to the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education.

 

8.15.15      ‘Actual EFTSL’ is the total pre‑2008 EFTSL enrolled in units of study in accounting, administration, economics or commerce for a year as verified by the provider through the student data collection required under subsection 19‑70(1) of the Act and accepted by the Department for publication in annual Higher Education Student Statistics.


 

Note to the Other Grants Guidelines (Education) 2012

Note 1

The Other Grants Guidelines (Education) 2012 in force under section 238‑10 of the Higher Education Support Act 2003 as shown in this compilation is amended as indicated in the Tables below.

Table of Instruments

Title

FRLI registration number

Date of FRLI registration

Date of
commencement

Application, saving or
transitional provisions

Other Grants Guidelines (Education) 2012

F2012L00281

13 February 2012

14 February 2012

(iv) TRANSITIONAL ARRANGEMENTS The revocation of the Former Guidelines does not affect the validity of a payment or decision made under those guidelines. A decision made under the Former Guidelines is taken to continue to have effect as if it were made under the Other Grants Guidelines (Education) 2012.

Amendment No. 1 to the Other Grants Guidelines (Education) 2012

F2012L02587

29 December 2012

30 December 2012

 

Amendment No. 2 to the Other Grants Guidelines (Education) 2012

F2013L01622

26 August 2013

26 August 2013

 

 

Amendment No.3 to the Other Grants Guidelines (Education) 2012

F2014L01633

4 December 2014

4 December 2014

 

Other Grants Guidelines (Education) Amendment (No. 1) 2018

F2018L01172

27 August 2018

28 August 2018

 

Other Grants Guidelines (Education) Amendment (No. 1) 2019

F2019L01333

16 October 2019

17 October 2019

 

Other Grants Guidelines (Education) Amendment (No.2) 2019

F2019L01701

23 December 2019

24 December 2019

 

Other Grants Guidelines (Education) Amendment (No. 1) 2020

F2020L00381

2 April 2020

3 April 2020

 

Other Grants Guidelines (Education) Amendment (No. 2) 2020

F2020L01433

16 November 2020

17 November 2020

 

Table of Amendments

ad = added or inserted     am = amended     ed = editorial change     LA = Legislation Act 2003     rep = repealed
rs = repealed and substituted

Provision affected

How affected

Section (iv) (first occurring)

rep LA s 48C

Section i.i

ed C7

Section i.ii

am 2018 F2018L01172

 

ed C4

 

am 2019 F2019L01333; 2019 F2019L01701; 2020 F2020L00381; ed C7

Section i.iii

rep 2020 F2020L00381

Section i.iv

rep 2020 F2020L00381

Part 1 heading

ad 2020 F2020L00381

Heading before section 1.1

rep 2020 F2020L00381

Section 1.1

ed C7

Section 1.5

ed C7

Section 1.10

ed C7

Part 2 heading

ad 2020 F2020L00381

Heading before section 1.15

rep 2020 F2020L00381

Section 1.15

ed C7

Section 1.20

ed C7

Section 1.25

ed C7

Section 1.30

ed C7

Section 1.35

ed C7

Part 3 heading

ad 2020 F2020L00381

Heading before section 1.40

rep 2020 F2020L00381

Section 1.40

ed C7

Section 1.45

ed C7

Section 1.50

ed C7

Section 1.55

ed C7

Section 1.60

ed C7

Section 1.65

ed C7

Section 1.70

ed C7

Section 1.75

ed C7

Subsection 1.75.1

rs 2013 F2013L01622

Subsection 1.75.5

rs 2013 F2013L01622

Subsection 1.75.6

ad 2013 F2013L01622

Section 1.80

ed C7

Section 1.85

ed C7

Part 4 heading

ad 2020 F2020L00381

Headings before section 1.90

rep 2020 F2020L00381

Section 1.90

rs 2019 F2019L01333; 2019 F2019L01701

Subsection 1.90.1

rs 2019 F2019L01333; 2019 F2019L01701

Subsection 1.90.5

ad 2019 F2019L01333

 

rs 2019 F2019L01701

Subsection 1.90.10

ad 2019 F2019L01333

 

rs 2019 F2019L01701

Subsection 1.90.15

ad 2019 F2019L01333

 

rep 2019 F2019L01701

Section 1.95

rs 2019 F2019L01333; 2019 F2019L01701

Subsection 1.95.1

rs 2019 F2019L01333; 2019 F2019L01701

Subsection 1.95.5

rs 2019 F2019L01333; 2019 F2019L01701

Division 1 heading

ad 2020 F2020L00381

Heading before section 1.100

rep 2020 F2020L00381

Section 1.100

rs 2019 F2019L01333; 2019 F2019L01701

Subsection 1.100.1

rs 2019 F2019L01333; 2019 F2019L01701

Subsection 1.100.5

rep 2019 F2019L01333

Subsection 1.100.10

rep 2019 F2019L01333

Section 1.105

rs 2019 F2019L01333; 2019 F2019L01701

Subsection 1.105.1

rs 2019 F2019L01333; 2019 F2019L01701

Subsection 1.105.5

rs 2019 F2019L01333; 2019 F2019L01701

Section 1.110

rs 2019 F2019L01333; 2019 F2019L01701

Subsection 1.110.1

rs 2019 F2019L01333; 2019 F2019L01701

Subsection 1.110.5

rs 2019 F2019L01333; 2019 F2019L01701

Subsection 1.110.10

rs 2019 F2019L01333; 2019 F2019L01701

Section 1.115 (first occurring)

ad 2019 F2019L01701

Subsection 1.115.1 (first occurring)

ad 2019 F2019L01701

Section 1.120 (first occurring)

ad 2019 F2019L01701

Subsection 1.120.1 (first occurring)

ad 2019 F2019L01701

Subsection 1.120.5 (first occurring)

ad 2019 F2019L01701

Subsection 1.120.10 (first occurring)

ad 2019 F2019L01701

Subsection 1.120.15 (first occurring)

ad 2019 F2019L01701

Section 1.125 (first occurring)

ad 2019 F2019L01701

Subsection 1.125.1 (first occurring)

ad 2019 F2019L01701

Subsection 1.125.5 (first occurring)

ad 2019 F2019L01701

Section 1.130 (first occurring)

ad 2019 F2019L01701

Subsection 1.130.1 (first occurring)

ad 2019 F2019L01701

Section 1.135 (first occurring)

ad 2019 F2019L01701

Subsection 1.135.1 (first occurring)

ad 2019 F2019L01701

Subsection 1.135.5 (first occurring)

ad 2019 F2019L01701

Subsection 1.135.10 (first occurring)

ad 2019 F2019L01701

Subsection 1.135.15 (first occurring)

ad 2019 F2019L01701

Section 1.140 (first occurring)

ad 2019 F2019L01701

Subsection 1.140.1 (first occurring)

ad 2019 F2019L01701

Section 1.145 (first occurring)

ad 2019 F2019L01701

Subsection 1.145.1 (first occurring)

ad 2019 F2019L01701

Section 1.150 (first occurring)

ad 2019 F2019L01701

Subsection 1.150.1 (first occurring)

ad 2019 F2019L01701

Division 2 heading

ad 2020 F2020L00381

Heading before section 1.155 (first occurring)

rep 2020 F2020L00381

Section 1.155 (first occurring)

ad 2019 F2019L01701

Subsection 1.155.1 (first occurring)

ad 2019 F2019L01701

Section 1.160

ad 2019 F2019L01701

Subsection 1.160.5 (first occurring)

ad 2019 F2019L01701

Subsection 1.160.10 (first occurring)

ad 2019 F2019L01701

Subsection 1.160.15 (first occurring)

ad 2019 F2019L01701

Section 1.115 (second occurring)

ad 2019 F2019L01333; rep 2020 F2020L00381

Subsection 1.115.1 (second occurring)

ad 2019 F2019L01333; rep 2020 F2020L00381

Section 1.120 (second occurring)

ad 2019 F2019L01333; rep 2020 F2020L00381

Subsection 1.120.1 (second occurring)

ad 2019 F2019L01333; rep 2020 F2020L00381

Subsection 1.120.5 (second occurring)

ad 2019 F2019L01333; rep 2020 F2020L00381

Subsection 1.120.10 (second occurring)

ad 2019 F2019L01333; rep 2020 F2020L00381

Subsection 1.120.15 (second occurring)

ad 2019 F2019L01333; rep 2020 F2020L00381

Section 1.125 (second occurring)

ad 2019 F2019L01333; rep 2020 F2020L00381

Subsection 1.125.1 (second occurring)

ad 2019 F2019L01333; rep 2020 F2020L00381

Subsection 1.125.5 (second occurring)

ad 2019 F2019L01333; rep 2020 F2020L00381

Section 1.130 (second occurring)

ad 2019 F2019L01333; rep 2020 F2020L00381

Subsection 1.130.1 (second occurring)

ad 2019 F2019L01333; rep 2020 F2020L00381

Section 1.135 (second occurring)

ad 2019 F2019L01333; rep 2020 F2020L00381

Subsection 1.135.1 (second occurring)

ad 2019 F2019L01333; rep 2020 F2020L00381

Subsection 1.135.5 (second occurring)

ad 2019 F2019L01333; rep 2020 F2020L00381

Subsection 1.135.10 (second occurring)

ad 2019 F2019L01333; rep 2020 F2020L00381

Subsection 1.135.15 (second occurring)

ad 2019 F2019L01333; rep 2020 F2020L00381

Section 1.140 (second occurring)

ad 2019 F2019L01333; rep 2020 F2020L00381

Subsection 1.140.1 (second occurring)

ad 2019 F2019L01333; rep 2020 F2020L00381

Section 1.145 (second occurring)

ad 2019 F2019L01333; rep 2020 F2020L00381

Subsection 1.145.1 (second occurring)

ad 2019 F2019L01333; rep 2020 F2020L00381

Section 1.150 (second occurring)

ad 2019 F2019L01333; rep 2020 F2020L00381

Subsection 1.150.1 (second occurring)

ad 2019 F2019L01333; rep 2020 F2020L00381

Heading before section 1.155 (second occurring)

ed C7

Section 1.155 (second occurring)

ad 2019 F2019L01333; rep 2020 F2020L00381

Subsection 1.155.1 (second occurring)

ad 2019 F2019L01333; rep 2020 F2020L00381

Subsection 1.160.5 (second occurring)

ad 2019 F2019L01333; rep 2020 F2020L00381

Subsection 1.160.10 (second occurring)

ad 2019 F2019L01333; rep 2020 F2020L00381

Subsection 1.160.15 (second occurring)

ad 2019 F2019L01333; rep 2020 F2020L00381

Part 1 heading

ad 2020 F2020L00381

Heading before section 2.1

rep 2020 F2020L00381

Section 2.1

ed C7

Section 2.5

ed C7

Part 1 heading

ad 2020 F2020L00381

Heading before section 3.1

rep 2020 F2020L00381

Section 3.1

ed C7

Section 3.5

ed C7

Chapter 4

rs 2014 F2014L01633

Part 1 heading

ad 2020 F2020L00381

Heading before section 4.1

rep 2020 F2020L00381

Section 4.1

ed C7

Section 4.2

ed C7

Section 4.3

ed C7

Section 4.4

ed C7

Section 4.5

ed C7

Section 4.6

ed C7

Section 4.7

ed C7

Section 4.8

ed C7

Section 4.9

ed C7

Chapter 4A

ad 2020 F2020L00381

Section 4A.1

ad 2020 F2020L00381

Section 4A.5

ad 2020 F2020L00381

Part 1 heading

ad 2020 F2020L00381

Section 5.1

ed C7

Part 2 heading

ad 2020 F2020L00381

Heading before section 5.5

rep 2020 F2020L00381

Section 5.5

ed C7

Section 5.10

ed C7

Section 5.15

ed C7

Section 5.20

ed C7

Section 5.25

ed C7

Part 3 heading

ad 2020 F2020L00381

Heading before section 5.30

rep 2020 F2020L00381

Section 5.30

ed C7

Section 5.35

ed C7

Section 5.45

ed C7

Section 5.50

ed C7

Chapter 6 heading

ed C7

Part 1 heading

ad 2020 F2020L00381

Heading before section 6.1

rep 2020 F2020L00381

Section 6.1

ed C7

Section 6.5

ed C7

Section 6.10

ed C7

Part 1 heading

ad 2020 F2020L00381

Division 1 heading

ad 2020 F2020L00381

Heading before section 7.1

rep 2020 F2020L00381

Section 7.1

ed C7

Section 7.5

ed C7

Section 7.10

ed C7

Section 7.15

ed C7

Division 2 heading (first occurring)

ad 2020 F2020L00381

Section 7.20

am 2020 F2020L00381

Section 7.25

ed C7

Section 7.30

ed C7

Section 7.35

ed C7

Section 7.40

ed C7

Division 2 heading (second occurring)

ad 2020 F2020L00381

 

renum

 

ed C7

Division 2A heading (prev Division 2 heading second occurring)

 

Section 7.45

am 2020 F2020L00381

Section 7.50

ed C7

Section 7.55

ed C7

Division 3 heading

ad 2020 F2020L00381

Section 7.60

am 2020 F2020L00381

Section 7.65

ed C7

Section 7.70

ed C7

Part 2 heading

ad 2020 F2020L00381

Heading before section 7.75

rep 2020 F2020L00381

Section 7.75

ed C7

Section 7.80

ed C7

Section 7.85

ed C7

Section 7.90

ed C7

Section 7.95

ed C7

Section 7.100

ed C7

Part 3 heading (first occurring)

ad 2020 F2020L00381

Heading before section 7.101

rep 2020 F2020L00381

Section 7.101

ed C7

Section 7.105

ed C7

Part 3 heading (second occurring)

ad 2020 F2020L00381

 

renum

 

ed C7

Part 4 heading (prev Part 3 heading second occurring)

 

Heading before section 7.110

ad 2012 F2012L02587; rep 2020 F2020L00381

Section 7.110

ad 2012 F2012L02587; ed C7

Section 7.115

ad 2012 F2012L02587; ed C7

Section 7.120

ad 2012 F2012L02587; ed C7

Section 7.125

ad 2012 F2012L02587; ed C7

Section 7.130

Part 5 heading

Section 7.135

Section 7.140

Section 7.145

Section 7.150

Section 7.155

ad 2012 F2012L02587; ed C7

ad 2020 F2020L01433

ad 2020 F2020L01433

ad 2020 F2020L01433

ad 2020 F2020L01433

ad 2020 F2020L01433

ad 2020 F2020L01433

Chapter 7B

ad 2012 F2012L02587

Part 1 heading

ad 2020 F2020L00381

Heading before section 7B.1

rep 2020 F2020L00381

Section 7B.1

ad 2012 F2012L02587; ed C7

Section 7B.5

ad 2012 F2012L02587; ed C7

Section 7B.10

ad 2012 F2012L02587; ed C7

Section 7B.15

ad 2012 F2012L02587; ed C7

Section 7B.20

ad 2012 F2012L02587; ed C7

Chapter 7C

ad 2018 F2018L01172

Part 1 heading

rs 2020 F2020L00381

Section 7C.1

ad 2018 F2018L01172; am 2020 F2020L00381; ed C7

Section 7C.5

ad 2018 F2018L01172; am 2020 F2020L00381; ed C7

Section 7C.10

ad 2018 F2018L01172; am 2020 F2020L00381; ed C7

Section 7C.15

ad 2018 F2018L01172; am 2020 F2020L00381; ed C7

Part 1 heading

ad 2020 F2020L00381

Section 8.1

ed C7

Section 8.5

ed C7

Section 8.10

ed C7

Section 8.15

ed C7