Tuition Assurance Policy (Statement of Tuition Assurance)

Policy statement

Governance Institute of Australia (hereafter referred to as Governance Institute) will comply with its obligations under the Higher Education Support Act 2003 (the Act) and chapter 2 of the Higher Education Provider Guidelines 2012 (the Guidelines), under which the requirements for tuition assurance are prescribed.

Governance Institute will meet its tuition assurance obligations to persons who are enrolled in the higher education courses it offers.

This policy forms Governance Institute’s Statement of Tuition Assurance.

Aims and objectives

  1. The policy objective is to protect students in the event Governance Institute ceases to provide a course of study in which a student is enrolled.

Overview

  1. The policy describes the options which will be offered to students if they are enrolled in a course of study which Governance Institute ceases to offer and the process that will be followed when implementing such options as selected by students.
  2. The meaning of ‘ceasing to provide a course of study’ includes the following circumstances:

a. When the course does not start on:
    1. the date the course was scheduled to start; or
    2. a later date that has been agreed between Governance Institute and the enrolled student; or

b. Where Governance Institute commences providing the course to the student and then, before the student has completed the course, it ceases to provide that course for any reason;
    1. as well as the other events set out in Chapter 2, the Tuition Assurance Requirements of the Higher Education Provider Guidelines 2012 (the Guidelines) which are available at: http://www.comlaw.gov.au/Series/F2012L02136

  1. If Governance Institute ceases to provide a course of study in which a student is enrolled, the student will have a choice of:

a. Option 1 The Course Assurance Option
An offer of a place in a similar course of study with a second Higher Education Provider without any requirement to pay the second provider any student contribution or tuition fee for any replacement subjects.

OR

b. Option 2 The Tuition Fee Repayment Option
A refund of the student’s up-front payments for any subject of study that the student commences but does not complete because Governance Institute ceases to provide the course of study of which the subject forms part.                    

  1. Governance Institute has met the tuition assurance requirements, as specified in the Guidelines, through current membership of the Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET) Australian Students Tuition Assurance Scheme (ASTAS) (the Scheme). Contact details for ACPET are:

Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACN 054 953 758)
Suite 101, Level 1, 126 Wellington Parade
East Melbourne VIC 3002
Website: www.acpet.edu.au
Email: astas@acpet.edu.au
Phone: (
03) 9412 5905

  1. If Governance Institute ceases to provide a course of study, the ASTAS Administrator will send the student enrolled in the course of study a written Tuition Assurance Offer (the Offer)advising the student of the options available under the tuition assurance requirements. The Offer will include directions that the student must follow in order to notify the ASTAS Administrator of the choice they have made for each affected subject. The ASTAS Administrator will provide this Offer within 20 business days after it knows, or should know by reasonable enquiries, that Governance Institute has ceased to provide the course of study.

Procedures

  1. This Tuition Assurance Policy, which forms Governance Institute’s Statement of Tuition Assurance, published on Governance Institute’s website: governanceinstitute.com.au.
  2. If Governance Institute ceases to provide a course of study the following procedures will be followed:

a. Within 20 business days of Governance Institute becoming aware that it will cease or has ceased to provide a course of study to which this policy applies, the ASTAS Administrator will provide each student enrolled in the course of study concerned with a written notice:
   1. Informing the student that the course is to, or has ceased as the case may be; and
   2. Making a Tuition Assurance Offer (the offer).

b. The offer will set out the two options available to the student, including relevant details as set out below. It will also include directions that the student must follow in order to notify Governance Institute of the choice they have made for each affected subject of study. Relevant details of each option are as follows:

1. The Course Assurance Option involving:

(i) Under the course assurance option, a student will be offered a place in a similar course of study by the ASTAS Administrator. If the student accepts this option, the ASTAS Administrator will make all necessary arrangements to ensure the student is able to enrol with the second provider in the similar course of study. This offered course will lead to the same or a comparable qualification without any requirement on the part of the student to pay the second provider any student contribution or tuition fee for any replacement subjects (that is, subjects that the student had commenced but not completed because the course ceased to be offered). A student will receive full credit from the second provider for any subjects of study successfully completed at the first provider.

(ii) The second provider, nominated by the ASTAS Administrator, may have different contribution amounts or tuition fees to the amounts or fees the student would have paid for subjects of study that were part of the course of study Governance Instituteceased to provide but which the student had not yet started studying.

(iii) A student is not obliged to enrol in a course of study with a second provider offered by the ASTAS Administrator under the Course Assurance Option. However, if the student enrols with any other Higher Education Provider, there is no obligation on that provider to offer full credit transfer for the subjects of study completed with the first provider or to offer replacement subject/s free of charge.

(iv) Advice that the student is not required to pay the second provider any student contribution or tuition fee for any replacement subjects to be undertaken (that is, subjects that the student had commenced in but had not completed because that Governance Institute course is to cease or will cease);

(v) Advice that the student will receive full credit from the second provider for any subjects of study successfully completed at Governance Institute in the course to be ceased or which has ceased;

(vi) Advice that if the student accepts this option, the ASTAS Administrator  will make all necessary arrangements to effect the student’s enrolment with the second provider in the similar course of study.    

2. The Tuition Fee Repayment Option involving:

(i) Under the Student Contribution/Tuition Fee Repayment Option, the ASTAS Administrator undertakes to pay the student the total of any up-front payments already paid by the student for any subjects of study the student has commenced but not completed because the course ceased to be offered.

  1. Contact details for Tuition Assurance arrangements:

Governance Institute of Australia (ABN 49 008 615 950)
Level 10, 5 Hunter Street
Sydney NSW 2000
GPO Box 1594
Sydney NSW 2001
Website: www.governanceinstitute.com.au
Email: info@governanceinstitute.com.au
Phone: (02) 9223 5744 

  1. The Statement of Tuition Assurance will be made public to students on the Governance Institute website at: governanceinstitute.com.auStudents will be advised where the Statement of Tuition Assurance may be obtained as part of Governance Institute’s enrolment information. 

Related documents

  • Governance Institute of Australia Student Fees Policy
Document Identifier Tuition Assurance Policy (Statement of Tuition Assurance)
Document Classification Academic Governance
Approval Date 20 August 2018
Publication Date 20 August 2018
Summary The purpose of this policy is to outline how Governance Institute will comply with its obligations under the Higher Education Support Act 2003 (the Act) and chapter 2 of the Higher Education Provider Guidelines 2012 (the Guidelines), under which the requirements for tuition assurance are prescribed.
Authoring Department Education
Contact Executive Manager, Education
Applies to Higher Education
Distribution External
Related documents Governance Institute of Australia Student Fees Policy
Review date 1 March 2019

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