Our comments are made solely in relation to the Nation-building Funds Repeal (National Disability Insurance Scheme Funding) Bill 2017 (the Bill) except to the extent that we recommend splitting the package. Schedule 1 of the Bill proposes to repeal the Nation-building Funds Act 2008. This Act is the legislation that establishes the Education Investment Fund (EIF) and therefore passage of this Bill would abolish the EIF – the last remaining program to fund the development and refurbishment of critical research and teaching infrastructure in the tertiary education sector. If the EIF is abolished, any future capital works will need to be funded from alternative university revenue streams, primarily domestic and international student fees. With less investment available, the result will be a slow erosion of infrastructure quality.