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Part 2: Expense Measures (continued)

Education and Training

Adult Migrant English Program — focus on jobs and social cohesion outcomes

Expense ($m)
2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19 2019‑20
Department of Education and Training ‑0.9 0.2 0.6
Department of Education and Training 0.1

The Government will redesign the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) to improve client participation, English language proficiency, and employment outcomes. Key changes include offering additional hours of English tuition to eligible clients, introducing better monitoring of improvements in client English skills and establishing two new AMEP service streams — Social English and Pre‑Employment English.

The cost of this measure will be met from within the existing resources of the Department of Education and Training.

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies — increased support

Expense ($m)
2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19 2019‑20
Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies 10.0 10.0 10.0 10.1

The Government will provide an additional $40.0 million over four years from 2016‑17 to support the preservation, restoration and management of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies collection of cultural and heritage material, as well as investment in additional expertise and digitisation equipment. This will ensure the collection is digitally preserved and safeguarded for future generations.

This measure builds on the 2015‑16 Budget measure titled Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies — preservation of Indigenous cultural resources.

Further information can be found in the Closing the Gap statement of 10 February 2016 issued by the Prime Minister.

Australian International Education — enabling growth and innovation

Expense ($m)
2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19 2019‑20
Department of Education and Training 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0

The Government will provide $12.0 million over four years from 2016‑17 to support implementation of the National Strategy for International Education. Activities funded under the Strategy will aim to ensure Australia remains competitive in attracting international students to study with Australian providers, and that Australia is positioned to grow and diversify its share of the global international education market through innovative course offerings.

Early Learning Languages Australia — expansion

Expense ($m)
2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19 2019‑20
Department of Education and Training 4.3 1.6

The Government will provide $5.9 million over two years from 2016‑17 to expand the Early Learning Languages Australia program to all preschool services nationally from the 2017 school year.

The expansion will provide more preschool children, including those in regional and remote areas, with the opportunity to study a language other than English on an opt‑in basis through play‑based learning using mobile devices. Grants of $500 per service will be available to assist up to 1,000 low socio‑economic status preschool services with the purchase of devices.

This measure builds on the 2014‑15 Budget measure titled Students First — Early Language Learning Australia — trial.

Higher Education Participation Program — efficiencies

Expense ($m)
2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19 2019‑20
Department of Education and Training ‑13.0 ‑18.1 ‑33.1 ‑88.1

The Government will achieve efficiencies of $152.2 million over four years from 2016‑17 from the Higher Education Participation Program. The Government will continue to provide $553.2 million under the Program.

The savings from this measure will be redirected by the Government to repair the Budget and fund policy priorities.

Higher Education Reform — further consultation

Expense ($m)
2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19 2019‑20
Department of Education and Training ‑28.0 250.3 ‑120.2 ‑601.1 ‑867.7
Australian Taxation Office ‑0.7 ‑0.4 0.3
Australian Research Council ‑0.7 ‑1.5 ‑1.5 ‑1.6
Total — Expense ‑28.7 249.2 ‑121.5 ‑602.6 ‑869.3
Department of Education and Training ‑0.3 382.9 367.2 ‑33.4 ‑78.8

The Government will delay the implementation of the higher education reforms announced in the 2014‑15 Budget and the 2014‑15 MYEFO by an additional year to undertake further consultation. Higher education funding arrangements for 2017 will be in line with currently legislated arrangements. The Government will also not proceed with the deregulation of university fees announced in the 2014‑15 Budget measure titled Expanding Opportunity — expansion of the demand driven system and sharing the cost fairly.

This measure is estimated to achieve savings of $2.0 billion over five years from 2015‑16 in fiscal balance terms and cost $596.7 million over five years from 2015‑16 in underlying cash balance terms.

Industry Skills Fund — efficiencies

Expense ($m)
2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19 2019‑20
Department of Education and Training ‑24.6 ‑55.8 ‑55.6 ‑55.6 ‑55.6

The Government will achieve savings of $247.2 million over five years from 2015‑16 by reducing the annual funding available under the Industry Skills Fund. Funding of $206.9 million over five years will continue to be provided to support the training needs of small and medium enterprises which cannot be readily met by the national training system.

The savings from this measure will be redirected by the Government to repair the Budget and fund policy priorities.

Investing in Child Care — ICT System

Expense ($m)
2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19 2019‑20
Department of Education and Training
Department of Human Services
Department of Social Services
Total — Expense

The Government provided $199.4 million over four years from 2016‑17 to fund the development of an Information and Communication Technology system and to support implementation of the child care measures announced in the Families Package in the 2015‑16 Budget. Funding for this measure is contingent on a second pass business case.

Funding for this measure has already been provided for by the Government.

Jobs for Families Package — deferred implementation

Expense ($m)
2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19 2019‑20
Department of Education and Training ‑56.0 ‑11.1 ‑1,141.3 1.4 78.0
Department of Human Services ‑4.0 ‑32.3 ‑11.3 5.9 8.2
Total — Expense ‑59.9 ‑43.4 ‑1,152.5 7.3 86.2

The Government will defer implementation of the Child Care Subsidy, Additional Child Care Subsidy and Community Child Care Fund by one year to 1 July 2018 due to the Family Tax Benefit reforms required to fund the child care package not being passed by the Senate.

Child care fee assistance will continue to be provided under the Child Care Benefit, Child Care Rebate, Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance, Community Support Program and Budget Based Funded Program until 30 June 2018.

The Interim Home Based Carer Subsidy Pilot Programme (Nanny Pilot Programme), which commenced on 1 January 2016 and subsidises care provided by a nanny in a child's home, will also be extended for six months to 30 June 2018. The hourly fee cap will be increased from $7 to $10 from 1 June 2016. The cost of this increase will be met from within the existing resources allocated to the programme.

Promotion of Excellence in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education — efficiencies

Expense ($m)
2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19 2019‑20
Department of Education and Training ‑7.3 ‑3.7 ‑4.8 ‑5.0

The Government will achieve efficiencies of $20.9 million over four years from 2016‑17 by adjusting funding for the Promotion of Excellence in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Program. Funding of $17.9 million over four years from 2016‑17 will remain available under the program.

The savings from this measure will be redirected by the Government to repair the Budget and fund policy priorities.

Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching — improvements

Expense ($m)
2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19 2019‑20
Department of Education and Training 0.5 2.0 2.0 2.0
Department of Education and Training 1.5

The Government will provide an additional $8.1 million over four years from 2016‑17 to enhance the information, design and functionality of the Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) website which includes survey data on higher education students' experiences from commencement to employment. The enhanced QILT information will provide students with greater information about courses, fees, admission and alternative entry processes, labour market outcomes for graduates, and employer satisfaction with the skills and work readiness of graduates. The improved information will assist students to make more informed decisions about their study options.

This measure builds on the 2014‑15 Budget measure titled Upholding Quality — Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching — establishment.

School Funding — additional funding for students with a disability

Expense ($m)
2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19 2019‑20
Department of Education and Training 86.7 31.6

The Government will provide $118.2 million over two years from 2016‑17 in additional support for school students with a disability, targeted to those schools with the greatest need. This funding will be in addition to the current loading for students with disability that is provided as part of the broad school funding arrangements under the Australian Education Act 2013.

School Funding — additional funding from 2018

Expense ($m)
2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19 2019‑20
Department of Education and Training 102.2 306.1 519.3

The Government will provide an additional $1.2 billion over four years from 2017‑18 to provide further funding support for government and non‑government schools for the 2018 to 2020 school years. Total school funding will be indexed by an education sector specific index of 3.56 per cent, with an allowance for changes in enrolments.

The additional funding will be based on the principles of being needs based, stable, simple, fair, transparent and is contingent on financial effort by the States and Territories and education reform by all sectors including improving literacy and numeracy, teaching and school leadership, and accountability, to lift student outcomes.

Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency — building capacity

Expense ($m)
2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19 2019‑20
Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5
Department of Education and Training 0.2
Total — Expense 2.7 2.5 2.5 2.5

The Government will provide an additional $10.1 million over four years from 2016‑17 to enable the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) to respond to increases in provider registrations and course accreditations and to build additional capacity to investigate and respond to developments in the higher education sector. This measure also includes funding for the Department of Education and Training to undertake a review of TEQSA's cost recovery arrangements.

Vocational Education and Training — information campaign

Expense ($m)
2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19 2019‑20
Department of Education and Training

The Government will provide $10.0 million over two years from 2015‑16 for a national campaign to provide information to prospective students and employers about the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector and the redesign of VET FEE‑HELP. The campaign will provide information about VET to school leavers and other prospective students, and inform jobseekers and employers about the availability of skills‑related government services.

The cost of this measure will be met from within the existing resources of the Department of Education and Training.