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Draft Central Application Service Bill Drawn Up

April 23, 2019

Department of Higher Education and Training

23 April 2019

A draft bill designed to provide for the setting up of a Central Application Service for the public post-school education and training sector has been published for comment.

The higher education and training department published the Draft Central Application Service Bill in Government Gazette 42410.

The bill seeks to:


• provide for the establishment of a Central Application Service for the public post-school education sector so as to create a central application access point to all public post-school education and training institutions;
• provide for the object and functions of the Central Application Service;
• provide for the manner in which it is to be managed and governed;
• provide for the regulation of its staff matters and financial affairs; and
• provide for matters connected therewith.

According to the notice, the draft bill should be read in conjunction with other policy documents that impact Post -School Education and Training (PSET) institutions in South Africa and is part of a broader focus on building the capacity of the post -school system.

The Central Application Service is described as a crucial service supporting students to access post-school opportunities and make informed choices.

It will offer advice and serve as an application channel for students applying to access PSET institutions.

“The service allows students to apply for study places, pay a single application fee, and facilitate their applications to more than one institution if necessary. In so doing, it will ensure an effective and efficient placement of students across the system.”

Focus areas for the proposed legislation includes the setting up, accountability and functions of the Central Application Service, responsibilities of the minister, the board of the Central Application Service, functions of the chief executive officer, advisory committees, audit and annual report and regulations.

Comment is invited not later than 31 calendar days, excluding Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, after the date of publication.