Extract from Bills Digest by Marilyn Harrington
Purpose of the Bill
The purpose of the Australian Education Amendment Bill 2017 (the Bill) is to amend the Australian Education Act 2013(the Act) to implement the Government’s new school funding arrangements as announced on 2 May 2017 and as provided for in the 2017–18 Budget.1 The Bill also proposes to amend the Act and the Australian Education (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Act 2013 to make policy changes and technical amendments to the Act.
Structure of the Bill
The Bill contains one schedule divided into three parts:
•Part 1 provides for the proposed new school funding arrangements
•Part 2 makes policy changes, including updating the Preamble and Objects of the Act, stipulating conditions of financial assistance and setting out state and territory government funding requirements and
•Part 3 makes miscellaneous technical amendments, including some definition changes and amendments to the current requirement for the Minister to consult with state and territory governments about changes to the Regulations.
An explanation of the operation of each part is outlined at pages 1 to 4 of the Explanatory Memorandum to the Bill.2
In 2013, the Abbott Government committed only to the current school funding arrangements and their associated quantum of funding for the then forward estimates period,2014 to 2017.3 The 2014–15 Budget signalled that Australian Government school funding arrangements would change from 2018 by announcing a new rate of indexation linked to the Consumer Price Index, which was projected at 2.5 per cent and thus lower than the indexation rates prescribed by the Act.4 The Turnbull Government subsequently increased the proposed rate of indexation by announcing a uniform indexation rate of 3.56 per cent in the 2016–17 Budget.5 In neither case was there any announcement about how Australian Government recurrent funding for schools would be allocated from 2018 nor was there any attempt to implement the proposed indexation rates by introducing amendments to the Act..(continues)
SOURCE: Marilyn Harrington, Australian Education Amendment Bill 2017 Bills Digest 116,2016-17, Australian Parliamentary Library, June 2017
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