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Tuesday, 28 April 1987
Page: 1937

(Question No. 1595)


Senator Crichton-Browne asked the Minister for Education, upon notice, on 17 February 1987:

(1) What is the total amount of fees raised by student unions at Universities and Colleges of Advanced Education or by Universities and Colleges of Advanced Education on behalf of student unions throughout Australia.

(2) What are the fees for each University for full-time first year and full-time re-enrolling students and part-time first and part-time re-enrolling students which make up the figure supplied for Question 1.


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

(1) and (2) A precise figure is not available. The Commonwealth Tertiary Education Commission, the Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee and the Australian Committee of Directors and Principals in Advanced Education do not collect this information as part of their regular statistical collections.

The Commonwealth Tertiary Education Commission has estimated on the basis of information from a sample of institutions that the student union fee for a full-time re-enrolling student in 1986 averaged approximately $170 at universities and about $115 at colleges of advanced education. Full-time commencing students paid between $5 and $45 more than re-enrolling students. The estimated total amount of student union fees for full-time students at universities would be approximately $19m and for those at colleges of advanced education the figure would be about $12m. This estimate is based on the assumption that commencing students paid $5 more than re-enrolling students.

Student union fees for part-time and external students are charged on a pro-rata basis but the range is so wide that it is not possible to produce a total estimated amount with any degree of certainty.