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Tuesday, 22 November 2011
Page: 13528

Computers in Schools

(Question No. 581)


Mr Christensen asked the Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth, in writing, on 12 September 2011:

In respect of the Computers in Schools program, in the electorates of Dawson and Capricornia, what (a) total number of computers have been delivered, and (b) is the computer to student ratio (broken down by school).


Mr Garrett: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(a) The total number of computers that had been installed at schools in the electorate of Dawson as at 30 June 2011 was 2,971.

The total number of computers that had been installed at schools in the electorate of Capricornia as at 30 June 2011 was 4,029.

(b) Based on a 2008 Preliminary Survey conducted by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, and progress reports received to date from government and non-government education authorities, all eligible schools in Australia are now at a computer to student ratio of 1:2 or better. This includes schools with students in Years 9 to 12 in the electorates of Dawson and Capricornia.

As outlined in the most recent progress report on 15 July 2011, government and non-government education authorities have advised that schools are on track to move from a ratio of 1:2 to a ratio of 1:1 by the end of 2011.