VSL Support For Bushfire Affected Areas

Date —

8 Jan 2020

Industry Sector/s —
Vocational Education & Training

Summary —

The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business has provided information about assistance available to VSL providers in fire-affected areas, or providers who need to respond to students impacted by the bushfires. 

Key Issues —

The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business is asking that providers contact them if the bushfires have a direct impact on students, such as loss of campus infrastructure or delays / non-commencement of studies.

Providers that are impacted by the fires should, in the first instance, contact the Department by completing the online ‘VET Student Loans Provider form’ under ‘I still need help’ at the foot of the following webpage:

VSL Provider Online Form ―
www.employment.gov.au/information-vet-student-loans-approved-providers

Alternatively, please phone Ms Shelley Owen, Program Operations on 02 6240 9946.

The Department would also like to hear from providers if they are concerned about payments and data reporting deadlines during this time.  The Department can offer assistance in the following ways:

  • Providing additional time for submission of student data and payment information, with consideration of cash-flow impacts.
  • Giving extra time for payment of any provider debts, and not charging interest on delayed payments for a reasonable period.
  • Helping providers to reconstruct lost or destroyed records from the data we hold.
  • Assisting providers in re-issuing any information required.
  • Adopting a pragmatic approach to identity, citizenship and residency evidence requirements for students who no longer have access to these records. In some circumstances for bushfire impacted students, a statutory declaration may be appropriate and sufficient for this period.
  • Providing additional time for completion of audit or compliance related submissions required by the Department.
 

The Department may assist providers to understand which of their students may be adversely affected by bushfires, by matching student Electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form (eCAF) residential addresses to bushfire affected postcodes. 

ITECA is working with its membership in order to support providers and their students during the bushfire emergency. If you have any general concerns, please contact your ITECA State Branch on 1300 421 017. 

Member Engagement —

ITECA’s ability to play a lead role in matters associated with this issue rests on the advice and guidance of individuals serving on the ITECA Vocational Education Reference Committee.


Further Information —

For more information on this issue please send an email to vocational.education@iteca.edu.au or telephone 1300 421 017.  Stay up to date via Twitter @ITECAust or via Facebook at www.facebook.com/ITECAust.

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