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Monday, 22 October 1984
Page: 2167

(Question No. 1146)

Senator Reynolds asked the Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, upon notice, on 13 September 1984:

Can the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations advise if any form of special allowance is available to unemployed student architects, in view of the fact that, at the present time, unemployed student architects who are required to attend courses both during the day and in the evening are unable to obtain either the payment of unemployment benefit-because they are not available for full time employment-nor are they entitled to payment of TEAS allowance because they are not full time students.

Senator Button —The Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

The only possible allowance under a program administered by the Department of Employment and Industrial Relations is the general training assistance (GTA) allowance. However, to qualify for an allowance under the GTA program, prospective trainees must have spent a period in the workforce equivalent to that for which they seek training and the occupation in which they seek training must be in balance or in demand. At present, architects are considered by the Department to be in minor over-supply in all States except South Australia.