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Tuesday, 18 October 1983
Page: 1887

Question No. 325


Dr Klugman asked the Minister representing the Minister for Education and Youth Affairs, upon notice, on 23 August 1983:

Are figures available from the census or other surveys which indicate the proportion of young people from various household income groups (a) in the community, (b) at universities, (c) at colleges of advanced education and (d) at technical and further education establishments.


Mr Dawkins —The Minister for Education and Youth Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

There are two data sources which provide relevant information. The first is the 1976 Census of Population and Housing, which included information on the number of persons, by sex and family income group, enrolled at universities, colleges of advanced education and colleges of technical and further education. Table 1 gives this information, with total population figures given for comparison.

The second is a survey of full-time tertiary student finances conducted in 1979 . The survey sampled 2,476 students in universities and colleges of advanced education (but not at technical and further education colleges). This information is set out in Table 2.

Table 1

1976 CENSUS OF POPULATION AND HOUSING-AUSTRALIA

Population by type of Educational Institution currently attending by Annual Family Income by Sex

Family Income (annual)

($)

Type of

educa-

tional

Less Over Over Over Over Over Over Not insti-

than 1,500- 3,000- 5,000- 7,000- 9,000- 12,000- 15,000- Over Not avail- tution

None 1,500 3,000 5,000 7,000 9,000 12,000 15,000 18,000 18,000 stated Total able Total

Males

University

1,267 1,157 3,662 3,370 4,174 5,571 10,435 9,578 8,813 17,406 2,103 67,534 18, 182 85,717 CAEs

688 675 2,671 2,703 4,554 7,444 13,114 10,061 8,179 10,304 2,904 63,297 11,213 74,509 Technical

colleges, etc.

1,083 730 3,628 6,027 12,985 21,121 27,883 20,676 15,810 12,927 7,579 130,447 12 ,591 143,038 Total male

population (a)

83,690 46,158 232,599 465,510 758,425 1,016,770 1,127,224 804,514 503,577 527, 444 671,551 6,237,461 537,487 6,774,948

Females

University

676 767 2,669 2,445 2,460 3,738 6,154 5,203 4,627 11,672 967 41,378 12,008 53, 386 CAEs

528 663 3,218 2,508 3,447 4,831 7,520 6,460 5,378 9,489 1,611 45,653 12,092 57, 745 Technical

colleges, etc.

717 686 2,517 3,933 6,722 9,669 12,255 9,770 7,675 8,219 2,294 64,456 5,835 70, 291 Total female

population (a)

103,758 62,459 447,905 552,799 739,349 951,348 1,058,737 765,562 482,858 505,758 661,283 6,331,815 441,685 6,773,501

Persons

University

1,943 1,924 6,331 5,815 6,634 9,309 16,589 14,781 13,440 29,078 3,070 108,912 30 ,190 139,103 CAEs

1,216 1,338 5,889 5,211 8,001 12,275 20,634 16,521 13,557 19,793 4,515 108,950 23,305 132,254 Technical

colleges, etc.

1,800 1,416 6,145 9,960 19,707 30,790 40,138 30,446 23,485 21,146 9,873 194,903 18,426 213,329 Total

population (a)

187,448 108,617 680,504 1,018,309 1,497,774 1,968,118 2,185,961 1,570,076 986, 435 1,033,202 1,332,834 12,569,276 979,172 13,548,449

Note: The above information is not available by age and includes both full and part-time students attending universities, CAEs and technical colleges etc. It would therefore include students who were in receipt of their own income rather than being dependent on parental income.

(a) These totals are the total population and are not a sum of those persons attending the three institutions specified.

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, 1976 Census Table.

Table 2

COMBINED PARENTAL GROSS INCOME BY TYPE OF INSTITUTION WHICH STUDENT ATTENDED

University Per CAE Per All Per Parental income

students cent students cent students cent

$ 5,000 or less 125 9 116 10 241 10 $ 5,001-10,000 200 15 188 17 388 16 $10, 001-15,000 284 21 289 25 573 23 $15,001-20,000 293 22 259 23 552 22 $20,001-30 ,000 265 20 191 17 456 18 $30,001-40,000 95 7 51 4 146 6 $40,001 or more 79 6 41 4 120 5

Total1 1,341 100 1,135 100 2,476 100

1 This table excludes 717 respondents who did not know or would not state their parents' income.

Source: Studies of Tertiary Student Finances, Vol. 2, 1979, Survey of Full-time Tertiary Student Finances, Commonwealth Department of Education, 1981.