Education (Tertiary Reforms) Amendment Act 2007

12 New sections 159A and 159ABA substituted
  • Section 159A is repealed and the following sections are substituted:

    159A Purpose of Part
    • The purpose of this Part is to establish—

      • (a) a Tertiary Education Commission (the Commission); and

      • (b) a framework for planning, funding, and monitoring in the tertiary education sector that primarily, but not exclusively, relates to funding organisations via plans.

    159ABA Outline of framework for planning, funding, and monitoring in tertiary education sector
    • (1) This section—

      • (a) sets out a general outline of the framework for planning, funding, and monitoring in the tertiary education sector; and

      • (b) is by way of explanation only.

      (2) If any other section in this Act conflicts with this section, the other section prevails.

      (3) The following steps describe, in general terms, how the framework for planning, funding, and monitoring in the tertiary education sector works:

      • (a) the Minister determines the design of funding mechanisms and whether funding under those mechanisms is via plans:

      • (b) the Commission develops the details of how to implement funding mechanisms:

      • (c) the Commission issues guidance on what must be contained in proposed plans:

      • (d) the Commission identifies criteria for assessing proposed plans:

      • (e) an organisation prepares a proposed plan—

        • (i) in consultation with the stakeholders the organisation considers ought to be consulted and any other persons specified by the Commission; and

        • (ii) in a manner consistent with the Commission's guidance:

      • (f) the organisation submits its proposed plan to the Commission:

      • (g) the Commission applies assessment criteria to the proposed plan and decides whether or not to give funding approval:

      • (h) if the proposed plan is given funding approval, the Commission determines the amount of funding payable to the organisation by applying the appropriate funding mechanism:

      • (i) if an organisation's proposed plan receives funding approval, the Commission monitors the organisation's performance to determine if it is achieving, or has achieved, the outcomes it has specified in its plan.