3.8.3.30 PES & Secondary Students

Summary

This topic covers issues relating to PES for secondary students (1.1.S.67) including:

  • study-load for full-time students,
  • progress rules for study below year 12, and
  • progress rules for previous year 12 study.

Study-load for full-time students

The following table describes when a secondary student is considered to be a full-time student (1.1.F.230). This does not apply if they are on a concessional study-load (1.1.C.290). See also 3.8.3.40 PES Concessional Study-load Students.

If the student is studying at… Then they must be…

a secondary school,

in full-time study, which means completing a set amount of work, accepted by the school as being full-time for any given period.

a special school,

over minimum (compulsory) school leaving age.

Explanation: State and territory education authorities have advised that students in special schools who are over school leaving age are regarded as undertaking accredited secondary study. This means they are undertaking approved courses for the purpose of the Education Minister's Determination of Education Institutions and Courses.

  • an institution other than a secondary school, OR
  • by correspondence or distance education,

studying at least 75% of the normal full-time study-load for the course in which they are enrolled.

Act reference: SSAct section 1061PC Approved course of education or study

Student Assistance (Education Institutions and Courses) Determination 2009 (No. 2)

Progress rules (i.e. allowable study time rules) for secondary study below year 12

Generally students are able to repeat study below year 12 level without restrictions. Only in exceptional circumstances should the delegate determine that a person is not making satisfactory progress towards completing the course. This is a discretionary decision and should also take into account any factors applicable to progress rules for year 12 study below.

Act reference: SSAct section 1061PH(1) General rule

Progress rules for previous year 12 study

Recipients will NOT usually be considered a full-time secondary student for PES purposes while attempting year 12 for a third time. However, a previous attempt at year 12 can be DISREGARDED if the recipient:

  • failed the year because of:
    • an illness that had NOT been diagnosed when they started study in that calendar year, or
    • other circumstances beyond their control that were NOT evident when they started study that year,
  • failed the year because English was NOT their first language,
  • studied part-time,
  • completed or discontinued studies within 6 months of the start of the academic year, or
  • undertook the previous courses more than 10 years ago.

Act reference: SSAct section 1061PH(2) Students repeating year 12

Last reviewed: 15 August 2016