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Wednesday, 6 June 1984
Page: 2714

(Question No. 550)


Senator Colston asked the Minister for Education and Youth Affairs, upon notice , on 29 November 1983:

(1) What are the projected allocations for each State and Territory for the computer education program for: (a) government; and (b) non-government schools, for 1984.

(2) What criteria were used in determining each State's and Territory's allocation.

(3) Were any allowances made for the differing length of secondary school instruction in the various States and Territories.

(4) What are the detailed calculations in relation to the allocation received by: (a) Queensland government schools; and (b) Queensland non-government schools .


Senator Ryan —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1) The projected allocations for each State and Territory for the computer education program for 1984 (at 1984 prices) are:

($'000)

Non-

Government Government State

Schools Schools Total

New South Wales 1,545 337 1,882 Victoria 1,282 339 1,621 Queensland 676 176 852 South Australia 482 106 588 Western Australia 447 114 561 Tasmania 239 71 310 Northern Territory 136 31 167 Australian Capital Territory 180 73 253

Total 4,987 1,247 6,234

(2) The criteria for determining each State's and Territory's allocations are as follows: (Note: These calculations are based on 1983 prices, and results indexed for 1984).

For government schools, the total allocation for Australia is $4.8m. For non- government schools this allocation was $1.2m.

A basic grant for each State and sector was set at $100,000 for government schools in each State, and $50,000 for non-government schools in the States and the A.C.T. Because of the small number of non-government secondary schools in the Northern Territory, a total grant of $30,000 for the non-government sector was recommended by the National Advisory Committee on Computers in Schools. The remainder of funds was distributed on a per capita basis in relation to the number of students enrolled in secondary schools (1982 figures).

The amount allocated to government schools as a basic grant was in total, $800, 000, leaving $4.0m to be allocated to government schools on a per capita basis. Similarly the amount allocated to non-government schools as a basic grant was $ 380,000, leaving $820,000 to be allocated on a per capita basis.

(3) No.

(4) Details of how the Queensland allocations were calculated (at 1983) prices and indexed for 1984) are as follows:

Government Schools

Basic grant-$100,000

Remainder of national allocation to be distributed on a per capita basis-$4,000 ,000

Number of secondary school students in Queensland government secondary schools- 114,020

Number of secondary school students in Australian secondary schools-828,080

Queensland share of national allocation-

114,020

828,080 x 4,000,000

= $551,000 + basic grant $100,000

= $651,000 at 1983 prices

and currently indexed to $676,000

Non-Government Schools

Basic Grant-$50,000

Remainder of national allocation to be distributed on a per capita basis-$820, 000

45,829 Queensland students in non-

government secondary schools

314,987 Australian students in non-

government secondary schools

x $820,000

= $120,000 + basic grant $50,000

= $170,000 at 1983 prices

and currently indexed to $176,000.