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Thursday, 10 May 1984
Page: 1940

Senator MISSEN —My question, which is addressed to the Minister for Education and Youth Affairs, relates to the submission by the Outer Eastern Municipalities Association in Victoria presented to the Minister on 31 March 1984, concerning the provision of technical and further education facilities in the northern corridor of the outer eastern region. Does the Minister agree that the statistics, details and arguments contained in this submission prepared by the shires of Lillydale, Healesville, Sherbrooke and Upper Yarra and the cities of Croydon, Knox, Ringwood, Nunawading, Doncaster and Templestowe demonstrate the urgent need that exists for the development of a locally situated complex of TAFE services to cater for the ever-expanding number of current and future students? If so, I ask the Minister: First, what consideration has the Government given to the submission which recommends the establishment of a multicampus educational system, TAFE facilities distributed throughout the northern corridor, including central core facilities located in the shire of Lillydale, and off-campus facilities close to other student populations providing area-specific, community responsive training in areas demanded by growing local industry? Secondly, when can the Outer Eastern Municipalities Association expect a response from the Government to its submission?

Senator RYAN —I have received a copy of the submission to the Victorian Minister for Education prepared by the Outer Eastern Municipalities Association of Victoria concerning the provision of TAFE facilities in the northern corridor of the outer eastern region of Melbourne. I am aware of continuing local concern about the provision in this region and I am sympathetic to it. But as honourable senators will know, the provision of TAFE is essentially a State responsibility with Commonwealth support being supplementary to State effort. Commonwealth funding for capital projects is provided only in response to proposals submitted by State governments. I have been advised by the Council of the Tertiary Education Commission that, to date, no proposal has been received from the Victorian authorities for Commonwealth assistance for TAFE buildings in the area to which Senator Missen's question refers. However, I understand that the matter is currently under consideration by Victorian TAFE authorities. When a proposal is forthcoming from the Victorian Government we will be able to give it formal and official consideration.