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Changes for FEE-HELP education providers

21 August 2017

The Education Legislation Amendment (Provider Integrity and Other Measures) Bill 2017 was introduced into the Australian Parliament on 1 June 2017, and passed through the Parliament on 10 August 2017.

As part of the Bill, a number of changes have been made to the FEE‑HELP scheme that will affect non-university private higher education providers, and students commencing at these providers.

Some of these changes include:

  • introducing bans on unscrupulous marketing practices and withdrawal fees,
  • ensuring providers assess their students as ‘genuine’ and academically suited to undertaking the course,
  • tying successful pass rates to continued FEE‑HELP access – this means students will have to maintain a minimum pass rate, relevant to the number of units they are enrolled in (not their academic pass rate), to continue using FEE‑HELP for their studies.

These measures are largely preventative and primarily designed to protect the integrity of the FEE‑HELP loan scheme. Measures will take effect from 1 January 2018 (some measures will take effect following royal assent of the Bill). For more information, please check the Study Assist website for updates to our FEE-HELP section, or email FEE-HELP [at] education.gov.au (the FEE‑HELP team.)