The Australian Government’s Job-ready Graduates reform package was passed on the 19 October 2020. The package includes changes to the student contribution for new students, who study in a Commonwealth supported place, from the 1 January 2021.

The Government has introduced Grandfathering arrangements for those students who commenced their program before the 1 January 2021.

‘Grandfathered’ students will not be disadvantaged by the student contribution changes.  If you are studying courses where the student contribution has decreased, you will be charged the decreased rates.  If you are studying courses where the student contribution has increased, you will be charged the lower grandfathered rates.

Students who are not grandfathered, will be charged the new student contribution rates.

In 2021, you will be charged the new student contribution rates if:

  • you commenced in a program before 1 January 2021 but did not complete the program before 31 December 2020 and, you transfer to a double related program in 2021 i.e. Bachelor of Laws to Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice.
  • you commenced in a double program before 1 January 2021 but did not complete the program before 31 December 2020 and, you transfer to a single related program in 2021 i.e. Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal to Bachelor of Laws.
  • you commenced a program before 1 January 2021 but did not complete the program before 31 December 2020 and, in 2021 you transfer to a related program (i.e. Bachelor of Science to Bachelor of Environmental Science) for which advanced standing is granted in relation to the original program.
  • you commenced a program before 1 January 2021 but did not complete the program before 31 December 2020 and, in 2021 you transfer to a different program.
  • you commenced a program at another university before 1 January 2021, but did not complete the program before 31 December 2020, and in 2021 you transfer to a program at Griffith.

In 2021, you will be charged the grandfathered student contribution rates if:

  • you were at any time before 1 January 2021, a Commonwealth supported student in relation to a course in your program; and
    • you commenced a program before 1 January 2021, and did not complete the program by 31 December 2020; or
    • you completed a program on or before 31 December 2020 and, on or after 1 January 2021, you commence another program (the honours program) that relates to the earlier program and leads to a higher education award that is an honours program; or
    • you were undertaking, in 2020, an enabling program and, on or after 1 January 2021, you commence another program that is leading to a higher education award; or
    • you were undertaking, in 2020, a program leading to a higher education award that is an undergraduate certificate (UC) and, on or after 1 January 2021, you commence another program (the higher qualification program) that relates to the UC program and that is leading to a higher education award that is a bachelor program.