Australia To Pursue Expats For Student Debt

By Dex Tennyson, for 07 August, 2014

A body that represents universities in Australia has called on the Government to introduce a debt recovery scheme targeting graduates with student loans living overseas.

Belinda Robinson, who heads Universities Australia, said that the move would prevent universities from having to raise fees. She observed that the UK and New Zealand already have such schemes in place.

The debts relate to the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP), previously known as the Higher Education Contributions Scheme (HECS).

In May, Education Minister Christopher Pyne said that he intends to raise the issue with the UK Government through a new body, called Australia–United Kingdom Education Dialogue. He said: "The primary item of business on the agenda is the recovery of the HELP debt of Australians living in the UK and vice versa."

Pyne is due to meet his counterpart in in London to discuss the issue in November.

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