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Tuesday, 7 April 1998
Page: 2716

Mr Latham asked the Minister for Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs, upon notice, on 2 March 1998:

What sums have been allocated for English to Work programs in 1998 (a) in total and (b) to persons (i) under 24 years of age and (ii) 24 years of age and older.

Dr Kemp (Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs;Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(a) My Department provides English language training for unemployed people under the Job Seeker Preparation and Support (JPS) program and the Advanced English for Migrants Program (AEMP).

Current data indicate expenditure in the order of $35m can be expected for English language training under the JPS program in 1997-98 for ten months operation prior to the commencement of Job Network on 1 May 1998. A total of $5.26m has been made available for the AEMP in 1998.

(b) (i) & (ii) Funds are not allocated under the JPS program or the AEMP by age of participant. However, people under 24 years of age constituted 7.3% (848 people) of commencements under the JPS program in the financial year to mid March 1998 and 9.2% (214 people) of commencements under the AMEP.