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Commonwealth Grant Scheme Guidelines 2020

Authoritative Version
Guides & Guidelines as amended, taking into account amendments up to Commonwealth Grant Scheme Guidelines Amendment (National Priorities and Other Matters) 2021
Administered by: Education, Skills and Employment
Registered 27 Aug 2021
Start Date 30 Jul 2021

 

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Commonwealth Grant Scheme Guidelines 2020

made under 238-10 of the

Higher Education Support Act 2003

Compilation No. 3                   

Compilation date:                              30 July 2021

Includes amendments up to:            F2021L01039

About this compilation

This compilation

This is a compilation of the Commonwealth Grant Scheme Guidelines 2020 that shows the text of the law as amended and in force on 30/07/2021 (the compilation date).

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

Uncommenced amendments

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

Application, saving and transitional provisions for provisions and amendments

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

Modifications

If the compiled law is modified by another law, the compiled law operates as modified but the modification does not amend the text of the law. Accordingly, this compilation does not show the text of the compiled law as modified. For more information on any modifications, see the series page on the Legislation Register for the compiled law.

Self‑repealing provisions

If a provision of the compiled law has been repealed in accordance with a provision of the law, details are included in the endnotes.

  

  

  


Chapter 1 – Preliminary

1  Name

                   This instrument is the Commonwealth Grant Scheme Guidelines 2020.

3  Authority

                   This instrument is made under section 238-10 of the Act.

4  Definitions

Note:          A number of expressions used in this instrument are defined in Schedule 1 of the Act, including the following:

(a)    EFTSL;

(b)    funding clusters;

(c)    maximum basic grant amount;

(d)    national priority; and

(e)    Table A provider.

                   In this instrument:

Act means the Higher Education Support Act 2003.

Department means the Commonwealth department administered by the Minister responsible for administering the Act.

HESDC means the Higher Education Student Data Collection which is a component of the Higher Education Statistics Collection required under subsection 19-70(1) of the Act.

6  Savings provision

                   Despite the repeal of the Commonwealth Grant Scheme Guidelines 2012 made by Schedule 1 of this instrument, those guidelines, as in force immediately before the commencement of this instrument, continue to apply on and after that commencement in relation to a grant made under Part 2-2 of the Act for the 2020 grant year.

 


Chapter 2 – Higher Education Providers

7  Purpose

This chapter specifies, for the purposes of subparagraph 30-1(1)(b)(i) of the Act, providers other than Table A providers that can be paid grants under Part 2-2 of the Act.

8  Higher Education Providers

The higher education providers are:

                     (a)  Avondale University College Limited;

                     (b)  The University of Notre Dame Australia trading as University of Notre Dame Australia;

                     (c)  Bond University Limited;

                     (d)  University of Divinity;

                     (e)  Tabor College Inc trading as Tabor Adelaide;

                      (f)  Eastern College Australia Inc;

                     (g)  Christian Heritage College;

                     (h)  Holmesglen Institute trading as Holmesglen Institute of TAFE;

                      (i)  Melbourne Polytechnic;

                      (j)  Academy of Information Technology Pty Ltd;

                     (k)  Australian College of Nursing Ltd;

                      (l)  Alphacrucis College Limited;

                    (m)  Higher Education Leadership Institute Pty Ltd;

                     (n)  Chisholm Institute;

                     (o)  The Cairnmillar Institute;

                     (p)  Box Hill Institute;

                     (q)  Australian College of Natural Medicine Pty Ltd trading as Endeavour College of Natural Health;

                      (r)  Engineering Institute of Technology Pty Ltd;

                      (s)  Excelsia College;

                      (t)  Health Education and Training Institute;

                     (u)  Navitas Bundoora Pty Ltd;

                     (v)  Marcus Oldham College;

                    (w)  Melbourne Institute of Business and Technology Pty Ltd;

                     (x)  Melbourne Institute of Technology Pty Ltd;

                     (y)  SAE Institute Pty Limited;

                     (z)  Technical and Further Education Commission;

                    (za)  TAFE Queensland;

                   (zb)  TAFE SA;

                    (zc)  Australian College of Theology Limited;

                   (zd)  Colleges of Business and Technology (WA) Pty Ltd;

                    (ze)  Crown Institute of Higher Education Pty Ltd;

                    (zf)  Edith Cowan College Pty Ltd;

                    (zg)  Educational Enterprises Australia Pty Ltd;

                   (zh)  ICHM Pty Ltd;

                    (zi)  INSEARCH Limited;

                    (zj)  International College of Management, Sydney Pty. Limited;

                   (zk)  JMC Pty. Limited;

                    (zl)  Kaplan Higher Education Pty Ltd;

                  (zm)  Kaplan Business School Pty Limited;

                   (zn)  Kent Institute Australia Pty Ltd;

                   (zo)  Le Cordon Bleu Australia Pty Limited;

                   (zp)  Morling College Ltd;

                   (zq)  Navitas Professional Institute Pty Ltd

                    (zr)  Queensland Institute of Business & Technology Pty Ltd;

                    (zs)  South Australian Institute of Business and Technology Pty Ltd;

                    (zt)  Southern Cross Education Institute (Higher Education) Pty Ltd;

                   (zu)  S P Jain School of Global Management Pty Limited;

                   (zv)  Sydney Institute of Business and Technology Pty Ltd;

                   (zw)  Think: Colleges Pty Ltd 

                   (zx)  Top Education Group Limited

                   (zy)  Wentworth Institute of Higher Education Pty Ltd; and

                    (zz)  Whitehouse Institute Pty Ltd.

 


 

Chapter 3 – National Priorities

9  Purpose

This chapter specifies, for the purposes of paragraph 30-20(b) of the Act, outcomes in the provision of higher education as national priorities.

10  National Priorities

The following outcomes are national priorities:

(a)    increasing the number of persons undertaking Education and Nursing courses of study;

(b)   supporting a number of persons undertaking courses of study in any field of education at the University of Notre Dame Australia; and

(c)    in 2021 only, providing retraining and upskilling opportunities in the following areas of study: Education, Nursing, Visual and Performing Arts, Society and Culture, Professional Pathway Psychology, Professional Pathway Social Work, English, Mathematics, Accounting, Administration, Commerce, Communications, Indigenous and Foreign Languages, Agriculture, Allied Health, Other Health, Computing, Built Environment, Science, Engineering and Environmental Studies.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Chapter 4 – Medical Student Loading

11  Purpose

This chapter specifies, for the purposes of subparagraph 33-1(1)(b)(ii) of the Act, the method for working out the amount of medical student loading for a provider for a year.

12  Working out the medical student loading

(1)   The medical student loading for a provider for Commonwealth supported ‘medical student EFTSL’ for the allocated number of medical student places in 2021 and later years is the medical student loading in 2020 (of $1,465 per place) indexed in accordance with Part 5-6 of the Act.

(2)   For the purposes of determining a ‘medical student EFTSL’ only students undertaking medical units of study in a course of study in medicine, completion of which would allow provisional registration as a medical practitioner by an authority of a State, a Territory or the Commonwealth (Field of Education codes (under the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Australian Standard Classification of Education) 019901 - medical science and 060100 to 060199 - medical studies, excluding 060113 – pathology), are taken into account. 

(3)   The allocation of medical student places for the purposes of determining medical student loading for a particular year is equal to the most recent full year student load data reported by the provider through the HESDC and cleared as final by the Department, plus any subsequent approved variations for a course of study in medicine not yet reported in the HESDC and specifically allocated to the provider by the Minister.

(4)   The allocation of medical student places for the purposes of determining medical student loading for a particular year must not be more than the number of Commonwealth supported medical places allocated in that provider’s Commonwealth Grant Scheme funding agreement for that particular year.

 

 


Chapter 5 – Determining the Funding Clusters

13  Purpose

(1)   This chapter specifies, for the purposes of section 33-35 of the Act, how to determine, for the purposes of the Act, the funding cluster, or the part of a funding cluster, in which units of study are included, or the particular funding cluster, or the particular part of a particular funding cluster, in which a particular unit is included for the purposes of the Act.

(2)   Funding clusters are defined by the field of education (FOE) code arising from applying the ABS Australian Standard Classification of Education as set out in the table below.

14  Determining the funding clusters

 

 

Funding cluster

Part, or subpart, of funding cluster

Unit description

FOE Code1

Funding cluster 1

Law, Accounting, Administration, Economics, Commerce, Communications, and Society and Culture

Law, Accounting, Administration, Economics, Commerce, Communications

Law

0909

Accounting

0801

Business and Management

0803

Sales and Marketing

0805

Tourism

0807

Office Studies

0809

Banking, Finance and Related Fields

0811

Other Management and Commerce

0899

Economics and Econometrics

0919

Food and Hospitality

1101

Personal Services

1103

General Education Programmes

1201

Social Skills Programs

1203

Employment Skills Programs

1205

Other Mixed Field Programmes

1299

Communication and Media Studies

1007

Society and Culture – any other subpart

History

090305

Archaeology

090307

Indigenous Studies

090311

Justice and Law Enforcement

0911

Philosophy and Religious Studies

0917

Society and Culture –Social Studies or Behavioural Science subparts

Political Science and Policy Studies

0901

Human Movement

069903

Sport and Recreation

0921

Studies in Human Society

090300

Sociology

090301

Anthropology

090303

Human Geography

090309

Gender Specific Studies

090313

Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified

090399

Librarianship, Information Management and Curatorial Studies

0913

Other Society and Culture

0999

Behavioural Science2

0907

Human Welfare Studies and Services3

0905

Funding cluster 2 Education, Clinical Psychology, English, Mathematics, Statistics, Allied Health, Other Health, Built Environment, Computing, Visual and Performing Arts, Professional Pathway Psychology, and Professional Pathway Social Work

Education, Clinical Psychology, English, Mathematics, Statistics

Teacher Education

0701

Curriculum and Education Studies

0703

Other Education

0799

Postgraduate Clinical Psychology4

090701

Mathematical Sciences

0101

Language and Literature

091500

English Language

091501

Linguistics

091521

Literature

091523

Language and Literature, not elsewhere classified

091599

Allied Health, Other Health, Built Environment, Computing

Pharmacy

0605

Optical Science

0609

Public Health

0613

Radiography

0615

Rehabilitation Therapies

0617

Complementary Therapies

0619

Other Health

069900

Nutrition and Dietetics

069901

Paramedical Studies

069905

First Aid

069907

Health not elsewhere classified

069999

Architecture and Urban Environment

0401

Building

0403

Computer Science

0201

Information Systems

0203

Other Information Technology

0299

Visual and Performing Arts

Performing Arts

1001

Visual Arts and Crafts

1003

Graphic and Design Studies

1005

Other Creative Arts

1099

Professional Pathway Psychology

Behavioural Science5

0907

Professional Pathway Social Work

Human Welfare Studies and Services6

0905

Funding cluster 3 Nursing, Indigenous and Foreign Languages, Engineering, Surveying, Environmental Studies, Science

Nursing, Indigenous and Foreign Languages

Nursing

0603

Translating and Interpreting

091519

Australian Indigenous Languages

091517

Eastern Asian Languages

091515

Southeast Asian Languages

091513

Southern Asian Languages

091511

Southwest Asian and North African Languages

091509

Eastern European Languages

091507

Southern European Languages

091505

Northern European Languages

091503

Engineering, Surveying, Environmental Studies, Science

Manufacturing Engineering and Technology

0301

Process and Resources Engineering

0303

Automotive Engineering and Technology

0305

Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and Technology

0307

Civil Engineering

0309

Geomatic Engineering

0311

Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Technology

0313

Aerospace Engineering and Technology

0315

Maritime Engineering and Technology

0317

Other Engineering and Related Technologies

0399

Environmental Studies

0509

Other Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies

0599

Physics and Astronomy

0103

Chemical Sciences

0105

Earth Sciences

0107

Biological Sciences

0109

Other Natural and Physical Sciences

0199

Funding cluster 4 Agriculture, Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Pathology

Agriculture

Agriculture

0501

Horticulture and Viticulture

0503

Forestry Studies

0505

Fisheries Studies

0507

Pathology

Pathology

060113

Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science

Medical Studies

060100

General Medicine

060101

Surgery

060103

Psychiatry

060105

Obstetrics and Gynaecology

060107

Paediatrics

060109

Anaesthesiology

060111

Radiology

060115

Internal Medicine

060117

General Practice

060119

Medical Studies not elsewhere classified

060199

Dental Studies

0607

Veterinary Studies

0611

 

1.        Note: where a 4 digit FOE code is used in this table, the relevant part of the funding cluster also includes all 6 digit FOE codes starting with that 4 digit code. 

2.        Excluding Postgraduate Clinical Psychology units, which are in funding cluster 2 (see note 4), and excluding Professional Pathway Psychology units with FOE codes starting with 0907 which are in cluster 2 (see note 5).

3.        Excluding Professional Pathway Social Work units with FOE codes starting with 0905 which are in cluster 2 (see note 6).

4.        Postgraduate Clinical Psychology units of study are in funding cluster 2 and are psychology units of study (FOE code 090701) that contribute to courses of study that are accredited for the purposes of professional registration by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and which lead to Endorsed Areas of Practice in Clinical Psychology, Clinical Neuropsychology, Counselling Psychology, Educational and Developmental Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Health Psychology, Sports Psychology and Community Psychology.

5.        Professional Pathway Psychology units of study are Behavioural Science units (with FOE codes starting with 0907) that contribute to a course of study that leads to a bachelor degree or honours degree in psychology with a course structure that makes it compulsory to study units relevant to professional registration as a psychologist by the Psychology Board of Australia, and the course of study represents a pathway to professional registration as a psychologist.

6.        Professional Pathway Social Work units of study are Human Welfare Studies and Services units (with FOE codes starting with 0905) that contribute to courses of study that lead to a bachelor degree, honours degree or master’s degree in:

a.        social work accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers;

b.        youth work accredited by Youth Work Australia;

c.        counselling accredited by the Australian Counsellors Association and/or the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia; and

d.        community work accredited by the Australian Community Workers Association.

 

 

 


Chapter 6 – Advances for Certain Purposes

15  Purpose

This chapter specifies, for the purposes of subsection 33-40(5) of the Act, how:

(a)    advances in relation to expenditure of a provider for certain purposes are to be determined by the Minister under subsection 33-40(1) of the Act; and

(b)   amounts of grant payable to providers under section 33-1 of the Act in the three years following the making of the advance are to be reduced.

16  Advances for certain purposes

The purposes for which an advance may be made to a provider under subsection 33-40(1) include the following:

(a)    to assist providers with the cash-flow implications of restructuring;

(b)   to implement adjustments arising from the specific effects of Commonwealth policy change on the payment of grants;

(c)    to rationalise staffing levels, courses and infrastructure both within and between providers;

(d)   to help secure genuine productivity improvements in the area of workplace reform;

(e)    to implement explicit decisions to restructure the educational profile of a provider; and

(f)    such other purposes as the Minister may determine. 

17  Reduction of grant amounts in the following three years

(1)   A reduction, for the purposes of subsection 33-40(4) of the Act, in the amount of the grant payable to a provider under section 33-1 of the Act for each of the years (up to a maximum of three years) following the year in which an advance is made under subsection 33-40(1), will be decided by the Minister.

(2)   In the years (up to a maximum of three years) following the year in which the advance is made to the provider under subsection 33-40(1) of the Act, the amount of the grant to the provider for a year, payable under section 33-1 of the Act, will also be reduced by an amount (A) calculated in accordance with the following formula.

 

                             A = B – C

Where

B = the reduction in the amount of the grant for that year determined by the Minister indexed in accordance with Part 5-6 of the Act.

C = the reduction in the amount of the grant for that year determined by the Minister.


 

Chapter 7 – Transition Fund Loading

18 Purpose

This chapter specifies, for the purposes of subparagraph 33-1(1)(b)(iv) of the Act, the method for working out the amount of Transition Fund Loading payable to a higher education provider for a year.

19 Working out the Transition Fund Loading

(1)   The Transition Fund Loading is payable to a Table A provider, and the University of Notre Dame Australia, for the grant years 2021, 2022 and 2023. The Transition Fund Loading for a provider is calculated by the Department for a year using the following formula:

Where:

OF = ‘old funding’, which represents the lesser of:

(a)    the actual amount of funding the provider would have been entitled to receive under section 33-5 of the Act for the relevant year using 2020 enrolments, plus related student contribution amounts they would have received using 2020 enrolments,  or

(b)   the actual amount of funding the provider would have been entitled to receive under section 33-5 of the Act for the relevant year using enrolments for the relevant year, plus related student contribution amounts they would have received using enrolments for the relevant year,

                   if changes to the Act had never been made to implement the Job-ready Graduates Package.

NF = ‘new funding’, which represents:

(a)    the actual amount of funding the provider is entitled to receive under section 33-5 of the Act in the relevant year, excluding any funding the provider may receive in relation to ‘short courses’ and ‘national priority places’;

(b)   related student contribution amounts; and

(c)    the actual amount of funding the provider is entitled to receive under the National Priorities and Industry Linkage Fund for the relevant year,

                   after changes to the Act have been made to implement the Job-ready Graduates Package, plus any grant amounts the provider receives under the Higher Education Continuity Guarantee which is a program established under Part 2-3 of the Act and set out in the Other Grants Guidelines (Education) 2012.

HEPPP reallocation = any change to a provider’s funding under the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP) (including both increases in funding and decreases in funding) that will occur as a result of changes made to the formula for calculating the HEPPP from 1 January 2021.

(2)   If the Transition Fund Loading for a provider as calculated under (1) is less than zero, no Transition Fund Loading will be paid to that provider.


 

Chapter 8 – Maximum basic grant amount for higher education courses

20 Purpose

This chapter specifies amounts for the purposes of subsection 30-27(2) and paragraph
30-27(3)(a) of the Act, which provide that the maximum basic grant amount for a Table A provider for higher education courses for the grant years 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024 must not be less than the amount specified in these Guidelines.

21 Maximum basic grant amounts for higher education courses

The maximum basic grant amount for higher education courses specified in a Table A provider’s funding agreement must not be less than the following amounts specified for each provider for the relevant grant year:

 

Provider Name

Amount specified for the purposes of subsection 30-27(2) for 2021, 2022 and 2023

Australian Catholic University

$235,635,774

Charles Darwin University

$53,583,766

Charles Sturt University

$164,984,115

Central Queensland University

$112,128,466

Curtin University

$245,426,826

Deakin University

$256,285,106

Edith Cowan University

$148,404,878

Federation University Australia

$81,087,788

Flinders University

$131,809,482

Griffith University

$240,887,326

James Cook University

$109,357,531

La Trobe University

$230,661,452

Macquarie University

$154,381,410

Monash University

$288,800,814

Murdoch University

$85,872,317

Queensland University of Technology

$274,919,449

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

$246,922,297

Southern Cross University

$79,460,846

Swinburne University of Technology

$152,649,837

The Australian National University

$62,199,086

The University of Adelaide

$146,365,475

The University of Melbourne

$247,637,399

University of New England

$97,097,008

University of Newcastle

$205,177,381

The University of Queensland

$267,650,819

The University of Western Australia

$137,315,215

University of Wollongong

$132,377,292

University of Canberra

$83,508,716

University of New South Wales

$242,673,373

University of South Australia

$182,159,215

University of Southern Queensland

$128,754,402

The University of Sydney

$274,202,022

University of Tasmania

$194,779,275

University of Technology Sydney

$198,758,701

University of the Sunshine Coast

$132,817,986

Victoria University

$117,470,290

Western Sydney University

$257,452,485

 

 

 

 

 


 


Endnotes

Endnote 1—About the endnotes

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

The following endnotes are included in every compilation:

Endnote 1—About the endnotes

Endnote 2—Abbreviation key

Endnote 3—Legislation history

Endnote 4—Amendment history

Abbreviation key—Endnote 2

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

Legislation history and amendment history—Endnotes 3 and 4

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

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

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

Misdescribed amendments

A misdescribed amendment is an amendment that does not accurately describe the amendment to be made. If, despite the misdescription, the amendment can be given effect as intended, the amendment is incorporated into the compiled law and the abbreviation “(md)” added to the details of the amendment included in the amendment history.

If a misdescribed amendment cannot be given effect as intended, the abbreviation “(md not incorp)” is added to the details of the amendment included in the amendment history.

 

Endnote 2—Abbreviation key

 

ad = added or inserted

o = order(s)

am = amended

Ord = Ordinance

amdt = amendment

orig = original

c = clause(s)

par = paragraph(s)/subparagraph(s)

C[x] = Compilation No. x

/sub‑subparagraph(s)

Ch = Chapter(s)

pres = present

def = definition(s)

prev = previous

Dict = Dictionary

(prev…) = previously

disallowed = disallowed by Parliament

Pt = Part(s)

Div = Division(s)

r = regulation(s)/rule(s)

exp = expires/expired or ceases/ceased to have

reloc = relocated

effect

renum = renumbered

F = Federal Register of Legislation

rep = repealed

gaz = gazette

rs = repealed and substituted

LA = Legislation Act 2003

s = section(s)/subsection(s)

LIA = Legislative Instruments Act 2003

Sch = Schedule(s)

(md) = misdescribed amendment can be given

Sdiv = Subdivision(s)

effect

SLI = Select Legislative Instrument

(md not incorp) = misdescribed amendment

SR = Statutory Rules

cannot be given effect

Sub‑Ch = Sub‑Chapter(s)

mod = modified/modification

SubPt = Subpart(s)

No. = Number(s)

underlining = whole or part not

 

commenced or to be commenced

 

Endnote 3—Legislation history

 

Name

Registration

Commencement

Application, saving and transitional provisions

Commonwealth Grant Scheme Guidelines 2020

14 December 2020 (F2020L01609)

15 December 2020

s6

Commonwealth Grant Scheme Guidelines Amendment (No. 1) 2021

12 February 2021 (F2021L00117)

Part 1, Sch 1 (items 1, 2, 3): 1 January 2021

Part 2, Sch 1 (items 4, 5): 13 February 2021

 

 

Commonwealth Grant Scheme Guidelines Amendment (National Priorities and Other Matters) 2021

29 July 2021 (F2021L01039)

30 July 2021

 

 

Endnote 4—Amendment history

 

Provision affected

How affected

Chapter 1

s 2

s 5

Chapter 2

 

rep LA s 48D

rep LA s 48C

s 8

rs F2021L00117; am F2021L01039

Chapter 3

 

s 10(b)

s 10(c)

s 10(d)

rs F2021L00117

rep F2021L00117; ad F2021L01039

ad F2021L00117; rep F2021L01039

Chapter 4

s 12(3)

s 12(4)

Chapter 5

 

rs F2021L01039

ad F2021L01039

s 14

Schedule 1

am F2021L00117

rep LA s 48C