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Monday, 24 November 2003
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Ms George asked the Minister for Education, Science and Training, upon notice, on 10 September 2003:

(1) For each year from 1998 to 2003 for each of the postcodes (a) 2502, (b) 2505, (c) 2506, (d) 2526, (e) 2527, (f) 2528, (g) 2529, and (h) 2530, how many persons in the electoral division of Throsby undertook undergraduate university study.

(2) Of these students, what proportion and what number undertook study in (a) Accounting, (b) Arts, (c) Dentistry, (d) Economics, (e) Engineering, (f) Information Technology, (g) Law, (h) Medicine, (i) Nursing, (j) Teaching, (k) Science, and (l) Veterinary Science.

(3) How many students (a) in total, and (b) from the electoral division of Throsby, are enrolled at the University of Wollongong and what proportion of all enrolments at the University of Wollongong do the students from the electoral division of Throsby represent.

(4) How many people (a) in total, and (b) in the electoral division of Throsby currently have an outstanding or accumulated Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS) debt.

(5) How many students in the electoral division of Throsby paid (a) upfront HECS fees, and (b) upfront full fees in 2002-2003.

(6) How many people in the electoral division of Throsby not currently enrolled at a university have an outstanding or accumulated HECS debt.

(7) Of those people with a HECS debt, what is the average HECS debt per person in (a) Australia, and (b) the electoral division of Throsby.

(8) How many students (a) in total, and (b) from the electoral division of Throsby, are enrolled at the Illawarra Institute of TAFE, and what proportion of all enrolments at the Illawarra Institute of TAFE do the students from the electoral division of Throsby represent.

(9) How much money has been allocated from the 2003-2004 Budget for apprenticeship programs in the electoral division of Throsby and what are the programs.


Dr Nelson (Minister for Education, Science and Training) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) My Department does not collect student enrolment data on the basis of electorates. Information for the postcodes requested has been provided at Attachment A. As data for 2003 is not yet available the table only includes the number of students from 1998 to 2002.

(2) The answer to this question is provided at Attachment B. Full year data for 2003 is not yet available.

(3) (a) Total enrolments at the University of Wollongong in 2002 were 18,764.

(b) My Department does not collect records of student enrolments on the basis of the electorate in which university students live.

(4) (a) As at 30 June 2003, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) recorded a total of 1,154,812 persons with an outstanding HECS debt.

(b) The ATO does not collect records of HECS debts on the basis of the electorate in which persons with a HECS debt live.

(5) My Department does not collect records of student payment options on the basis of the electorate in which university students live.

(6) The ATO does not collect records of HECS debts on the basis of the electorate in which persons with a HECS debt live.

(7) (a) As at 30 June 2003, the average HECS debt per person was $8,500.

(b) The ATO does not collect records of HECS debts on the basis of the electorate in which persons with a HECS debt live.

(8) (a) Total enrolments at the Illawarra Institute of TAFE in 2002 were 41,397 (Source: Page 9, the Illawarra Institute of TAFE's 2002 Annual National Report). My Department has not been able to use National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) data for this response. Due to confidentiality issues, details of VET participants at the level of individual Institute will not be released by NCVER without written permission of the manager of the TAFE concerned.

(b) My Department is not able to answer this question because records of the electorate in which TAFE students live are not collected under the Australian Vocational Education and Training Management Information Statistical Standard (AVETMISS).

(9) The New Apprenticeships Incentives Program has been designed to develop a more skilled Australian workforce that delivers long-term benefits for our nation and our international competitiveness. This is achieved by encouraging employers, through financial incentives, to open up genuine opportunities for skills-based training of their employees. The New Apprenticeships Incentives program is demand driven and does not allocate funding on a State or regional basis. The 2003-2004 Budget allocated $533.5 million to this programme nationally. My Department is only able to collect records of New Apprenticeship funding by postcode areas and not by electoral divisions.

ATTACHMENT A

Undergraduate students by specified postcode from 1998 to 2002

Postcode

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2502

178

174

179

203

192

2505

74

71

70

81

77

2506

91

97

111

114

117

2526

384

384

396

456

486

2527

252

264

251

302

338

2528

305

316

318

363

350

2529

189

219

264

298

331

2530

369

384

422

453

533

Total

1,842

1,909

2,011

2,270

2,424

ATTACHMENT B

Undergraduate students by specified postcode and selected fields of study from 1998 to 2002

Table 1 1998

Postcode

Accounting

Arts

Dentistry

Economics

Engineering

IT

Law

Medicine

Nursing

Teaching

Science

VeterinaryScience

Total

2502

40

45

0

0

26

6

8

0

8

7

22

0

162

2505

11

17

0

0

10

2

0

0

4

8

7

0

59

2506

22

21

0

0

7

2

2

0

6

9

13

0

82

2526

76

81

0

2

40

16

20

4

13

34

56

0

342

2527

35

57

0

0

24

13

12

0

28

39

32

1

241

2528

60

55

0

0

36

16

18

1

15

31

48

0

280

2529

36

33

0

0

14

11

2

0

20

17

33

0

166

2530

83

66

0

1

35

7

17

0

27

46

64

0

346

Total

363

375

0

3

192

73

79

5

121

191

275

1

1678

Table 2 1999

Postcode

Accounting

Arts

Dentistry

Economics

Engineering

IT

Law

Medicine

Nursing

Teaching

Science

VeterinaryScience

Total

2502

45

40

0

0

23

8

11

0

6

11

22

0

166

2505

15

18

0

0

9

1

1

0

1

7

3

0

55

2506

20

15

0

1

11

1

5

0

8

11

22

0

94

2526

76

78

0

2

40

13

21

4

15

41

54

0

344

2527

42

55

0

0

26

13

16

0

22

51

32

1

258

2528

68

65

0

0

31

14

13

0

15

27

38

0

271

2529

36

49

0

1

20

8

2

0

19

23

40

0

198

2530

80

84

0

0

35

4

14

0

29

41

60

0

347

Total

382

404

0

4

195

62

83

4

115

212

271

1

1733

Table 3 2000

Postcode

Accounting

Arts

Dentistry

Economics

Engineering

IT

Law

Medicine

Nursing

Teaching

Science

VeterinaryScience

Total

2502

41

45

0

0

22

13

10

0

8

8

26

0

173

2505

16

16

0

0

9

3

2

0

1

8

1

0

56

2506

17

25

0

2

9

4

5

0

8

9

21

0

100

2526

74

75

0

1

38

17

27

4

23

36

63

0

358

2527

29

53

0

0

23

11

18

0

13

51

38

1

237

2528

68

70

0

0

29

14

20

0

18

33

38

0

290

2529

49

57

0

1

23

13

5

0

17

29

38

0

232

2530

82

92

0

0

38

13

17

0

26

52

61

0

381

Total

376

433

0

4

191

88

104

4

114

226

286

1

1827

Table 4 2001

Postcode

Accounting

Arts

Dentistry

Economics

Engineering

IT

Law

Medicine

Nursing

Teaching

Science

VeterinaryScience

Total

2502

41

35

0

1

24

31

9

2

6

11

24

0

184

2505

14

24

0

0

4

10

3

0

4

9

4

0

72

2506

22

21

0

0

6

12

5

0

6

13

18

0

103

2526

67

103

0

3

24

36

27

2

29

43

48

1

383

2527

29

76

0

1

21

31

15

0

12

52

37

0

274

2528

78

77

0

0

24

40

17

0

23

34

31

2

326

2529

52

66

0

2

14

24

5

0

21

37

35

1

257

2530

78

106

0

3

29

44

11

2

22

54

54

0

403

Total

381

508

0

10

146

228

92

6

123

253

251

4

2002

Table 5 2002

Postcode

Accounting

Arts

Dentistry

Economics

Engineering

IT

Law

Medicine

Nursing

Teaching

Science

VeterinaryScience

Total

2502

36

40

0

0

20

33

9

1

7

12

20

0

178

2505

14

19

0

0

4

10

3

0

7

7

3

0

67

2506

21

30

0

0

6

12

6

0

9

14

11

0

109

2526

85

116

0

2

29

36

35

1

24

40

53

2

423

2527

27

100

0

0

20

29

9

0

26

48

39

0

298

2528

63

77

0

1

20

30

14

0

30

36

36

2

309

2529

51

84

0

1

14

37

13

2

13

41

34

0

290

2530

75

139

0

4

37

40

12

4

36

62

59

0

468

Total

372

605

0

8

150

227

101

8

152

260

255

4

2142