Fees Rule 2017


I, Professor Brian P. Schmidt, Vice-Chancellor, make the following rule.

Dated 11 December 2017

Professor Brian P. Schmidt AC FAA FRS





Part 1— Preliminary

1 Name

2 Commencement

3 Authority

4 Definitions

5 Words and expressions used in HES Act

6 Arrangements with other tertiary education institutions etc.

Part 2— Payment of student contribution amounts and fees

Division 2.1— Domestic student tuition fees

7 Domestic students: fees for award programs

8 Domestic students: fees for non-award programs etc.

Division 2.2— Overseas student fees

9 Overseas students: fees

10 Overseas students becoming permanent visa holders

Division 2.3— Commonwealth supported student contributions

11 General note for Division 2.3

12 Student contribution amounts

13 Appropriate officer

14 Particular duties of Registrar in relation to HES Act

Division 2.4— Student services and amenities fees

15 Student services and amenities fees

Division 2.5— Non-award studies fees

16 Fees for non-award studies

Division 2.6— Incidental goods and services fees

17 Fees for incidental services etc.

Division 2.7— Residential accommodation fees

18 Fees for residential accommodation services

Part 3— Collection of fees

19 Appointment of nominees etc.

20 Responsibility for collection of fees etc.

21 Registrar’s general powers

22 Extensions and exemptions

23 Cancellation of enrolment for nonpayment of fees etc.

24 Revival of cancelled enrolments etc.

25 Liability of persons financially supported by third party

26 Other sanctions for nonpayment of fees etc.

Part 4— Miscellaneous

27 Approved forms

28 Service of notices etc.

29 Delegation by Vice-Chancellor etc.

30 Agents of nominee

Part 5— Repeal and transitional

31 Repeal etc.

32 Transitional


Part 1—Preliminary

This is the Fees Rule 2017.

This instrument commences on 1 January 2018.

This instrument is made under section 9.5 of the Vice-Chancellorship Statute 2013.

In this instrument:

Commonwealth supported place means a place in a course in which a Commonwealth supported student may enrol.

Commonwealth supported student: see the HES Act, section 36-5 (Meaning of Commonwealth supported student).

contributing student means a Commonwealth supported student who receives HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP assistance.

contribution amounts and fees schedule, in relation to a period, means:

[Note: The HES Act, section 19-85 (Basic requirement) requires the University to charge, in accordance with the requirements of that Act, student contribution amounts and tuition fees for each unit of study in which it enrols students. The contribution amounts and fees are determined and published by the University in accordance with that Act and guidelines made under that Act.]

course means a unit of study within the meaning of the HES Act.

[Note: Unit of study is defined in the HES Act, Schedule 1 (Dictionary).]

coursework program means a program consisting:

cross-institutional student means:

domestic student: see the HES Act, Schedule 1 (Dictionary).

[Note: A domestic student is defined as a student who is not an overseas student.]

enrolled, in relation to a student in a program, means a student who has registered an enrolment in a course of the program.

FEE-HELP is a loan scheme that assists eligible undergraduate or graduate students to pay their tuition fees.

graduate program means a program the completion of which leads to the award of a graduate degree, graduate diploma or graduate certificate.

HECS-HELP means Higher Education Contribution Scheme - Higher Education Loan Program.

HES Act means the Higher Education Support Act 2003.

late fee includes a fine or penalty levied as a disincentive for late payment of fees under this instrument or late enrolment in, or withdrawal from, a course.

nominee means a person who is appointed as a nominee under section 19 (Appointment of nominees etc.).

non-award program means a program that does not lead to the award of a degree, diploma or certificate, but consists of a course or work requirement that forms part of an undergraduate or graduate program.

[Note: A non-award program does not include studies undertaken on a ‘non-award basis’ within the meaning of the HES Act. (The term ‘non-award basis’ is defined in Schedule 1 of that Act).]

overseas student: see the HES Act, Schedule 1 (Dictionary).

program means a course of study within the meaning of the HES Act, and includes a program of study offered by the University or any course or work requirement forming part of such a program.

[Note: Course of study is defined in Schedule 1 to that Act.]

relevant authority, for a matter in relation to student who is or was enrolled in a program offered by the University, means the Associate Dean, Registrar or other authority of the University with responsibility for the matter in relation to the student.

research program means a program for which the research component is not less than two-thirds of the total program requirements.

semester means first semester or second semester.

session includes:


[Note: Student is defined in Schedule 1 to the HES Act.]

student contribution means a contribution payable under Division 2.3 (Commonwealth supported student contributions).

working day means a day that is not a Saturday, a Sunday, a public holiday in the Australian Capital Territory, or a University holiday.

Unless the contrary intention appears, a word or expression used in this instrument and the HES Act has the same meaning in this instrument as it has in the HES Act.

[Note: For example, census date is defined in Schedule 1 to the HES Act. The definition applies in relation to references to ‘census date’ in this instrument.]

Part 2—Payment of student contribution amounts and fees

[Commonwealth supported students are eligible domestic students who are offered a Commonwealth supported place by the University. Commonwealth supported students pay a contribution to the cost of their program and the Commonwealth pays the remainder of their tuition.]

The Vice-Chancellor must, in writing, appoint a person as the appropriate officer of the University for the HES Act.

[Note 1: The appropriate officer is appointed under the HES Act, s 187-2 (Who is an appropriate officer?)]

[Note 2: The Registrar was the appropriate officer at the commencement of this instrument.]

The Registrar must ensure that the University complies with the following provisions of the HES Act:

[Note: Student services and amenities fee is defined in the HES Act, s 19-37(5) (Requiring membership of certain organisations or payment of certain amounts). The fee is to support the provision of amenities and services not of an academic nature, regardless of whether a student choses to use any of those amenities and services.]

[Note: Under the HES Act, a fee does not include a fee determined, in accordance with the Higher Education Provider Guidelines made under that Act, to be a fee that is incidental to studies that may be undertaken with a higher education provider (see s 19-102(3)(f) (Meaning of fee)). For the criteria to decide whether a fee is of a kind that is incidental to studies that may be undertaken with a higher education provider, see the Higher Education Provider Guidelines, Chapter 7 (Fees for goods and services incidental to studies).]

Part 3—Collection of fees

[Note: A notice may be varied or revoked (see Acts Interpretation Act 1901, s 33 (3) (Power to make instrument includes power to vary or revoke etc. instrument).]

(3)    The Registrar must publish a notice under this section on the University’s website.

(1)    The Registrar may:

fee, in relation to a person, means any fee or other amount payable by the person to the University under this instrument, and includes any of the following:

Part 4—Miscellaneous

A nominee may, in writing, appoint a person as the nominee’s agent for the exercise of the nominee’s functions under this instrument.

Part 5—Repeal and transitional