Edition 771, 20 August 2018
One week to go...
Monday, August 20 2018
The government this week passed its legislation to lower the threshold payments for student HELP loans, at the lower end of the scale graduates earning $45,000pa will be required to contribute $450pa against their student loan and this scales up contingent on income.
There was also an amendment to the Bill that was moved by Senator Bernardi in relation to an issue that ACPET has been relentlessly advocating on for some time, the 25% loan administration fee imposed on students.
Table B universities (Bond, Notre Dame, Torrens and University of Divinity) now join other universities in being exempt from this fee.
While it is somewhat pleasing to see some progress in this area, and positive that some students will benefit, I still find it extremely ironic that some of the sector’s best performing providers according to QILT data and history, haven’t been considered. I find the process inadequate.
ACPET will continue to push this issue and advocate for student equality.
Many will have seen the announcement from the Department on Friday morning regarding the changes to the way domestic tuition assurance will be managed into the future.
The department will expand its already successful international tuition protection scheme (TPS) to VSL and FEE HELP students, this student focused approach makes sense, more information on this can be found here.
While I mention VSL, round three provider applications opened this week, information on this can be found here.
Much of the ACPET energy over the last week has continued to centred around our upcoming national conference which will kick off with our Asia Pacific International Education Forum next Wednesday!
Over the last few weeks I have introduced you to a number of the speakers that will be joining us at the conference, and this week I would like to talk about Claire Madden.
Claire offers a presentation that really makes you think, we are all ‘aware’ of the impacts of technology but are we really alive to the opportunities generation Z present?
She is the ‘go-to’ expert on generational engagement. Businesses engage her to better understand what makes younger generations tick and how to create an organisational culture that best harnesses and integrates their strengths.
I really hope to see you in Canberra for what is set to be a fantastic event.
Chief Executive Officer