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Thursday, 23 June 1994
Page: 1982

(Question No. 1408)


Senator Campbell asked the Minister for Employment, Education and Training, upon notice, on 23 May 1994:

  Please provide for the last five years a detailed breakdown, on a State by State basis and where applicable on a program by program basis, of funds provided for the purposes of education for children with disabilities.


Senator Schacht —The Minister for Employment, Education and Training has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

  The attached tables set out Commonwealth funding to the States for the purpose of education of children with disabilities over the past five years under the States Grants (Schools Assistance) and (Primary and Secondary Education Assistance) Acts.

  The Special Education Component of the National Equity Program for Schools (called the Special Education Program until 1993) supports educational, therapeutic and other essential services to improve the educational participation and outcomes for children and students with disabilities. It includes funding for students with disabilities in government and non-government schools and centres, children with disabilities who are below school age, and children (with and without disabilities) in residential care.

  The Capital Support—Non-government Element, which supports the provision of capital facilities for non-government schools and centres, while part of the Special Education Component, has been shown separately for clarity. Prior to 1994, Capital Support funding was provided as a national pool for which non-government schools and centres competed on a project submission basis. In 1994 an allocation of $1,644,000 is available for access by non-government centres. This was calculated on the basis of the non-government centres' share of Capital Support funds from 1991 to 1993. The non-government school sectors were allocated funding on the basis of students with disabilities enrolments in 1993.

  The Students with Disabilities Component provides additional funding on the basis of school enrolments.

  The Transition Support Component, introduced in 1994, assists the transition of students with disabilities to further education, employment and adult life. A national pool of funding is provided for which States compete on a project submission basis.

  "Uncommitted funds" are funds which were offered to service providers, but which, due to changed circumstances of the providers, were not taken up.

COMMONWEALTH FUNDING PROVIDED TO STATES

Capital Grants Program

Special Education —Children with

1990 Program (Component) Disabilities Element Total

$ $ $

NSW 19,218,000 1,750,000 20,968,000

VIC 16,331,000 894,000 17,225,000

QLD 9,438,000 564,000 10,002,000

WA 5,256,000 148,000 5,404,000

SA 6,006,000 205,000 6,211,000

TAS 1,554,000 0 1,554,000

NT 634,000 0 634,000

ACT 946,000 0 946,000

Uncommitted 3,000 3,000

Total 59,383,000 3,564,000 62,947,000

Capital Support—

Non-Government General Recurrent

Element (formerly Grants Program—

Children with Students with

1991 Disabilities Element) Disabilities Total

$ $ $ $

NSW 20,066,000 2,465,000 1,601,000 24,132,000

VIC 16,827,000 272,000 1,226,000 18,325,000

QLD 10,134,000 546,000 723,000 11,403,000

WA 5,611,000 184,000 468,000 6,263,000

SA 5,530,000 353,000 588,000 6,471,000

TAS 1,674,000 30,000 159,000 1,863,000

NT 667,000 2,000 94,000 763,000

ACT 977,000 1,000 95,000 1,073,000

Uncommitted 8,000 6,000 14,000

Total 61,494,000 3,859,000 4,954,000 70,307,000

1992

NSW 21,118,000 2,297,000 1,833,000 25,248,000

VIC 17,675,000 323,000 1,325,000 19,323,000

QLD 10,803,000 267,000 979,000 12,049,000

WA 5,954,000 643,000 485,000 7,082,000

SA 5,009,000 205,000 651,000 5,865,000

TAS 1,750,000 25,000 192,000 1,967,000

NT 683,000 103,000 137,000 923,000

ACT 1,201,000 0 111,000 1,312,000

Uncommitted 15,000 43,000 58,000

Total 64,208,000 3,906,000 5,713,000 73,827,000

1993

NSW 21,854,000 1,815,000 2,382,000 26,051,000

VIC 18,294,000 917,000 1,688,000 20,899,000

QLD 11,349,000 204,000 1,340,000 12,893,000

WA 6,268,000 262,000 641,000 7,171,000

SA 5,230,000 315,000 *508,000 5,545,000

TAS 1,825,000 136,000 229,000 2,190,000

NT 726,000 99,000 190,000 1,015,000

ACT 1,250,000 105,000 152,000 1,507,000

Uncommitted 2,000 62,000 64,000

Total 66,798,000 3,915,000 6,622,000 77,335,000

*Final expenditure figure not yet available—final enrolment figures yet to be received

1994

Transition

Estimated Support Total

$ $ $ $ $

NSW 21,924,000 899,000 2,504,000 452,000 25,779,000

VIC 18,208,000 470,000 1,751,000 400,000 20,829,000

QLD 11,395,000 296,000 1,397,000 373,000 13,461,000

WA 6,250,000 244,000 664,000 200,000 7,358,000

SA 5,218,000 209,000 825,000 200,000 6,452,000

TAS 1,824,000 26,000 223,000 131,000 2,204,000

NT 726,000 47,000 196,000 116,000 1,085,000

ACT 1,253,000 80,000 161,000 200,000 1,694,000

yet to be allocated 1,644,000 1,644,000

Total 66,798,000 3,915,000 7,721,000 2,072,000 80,506,000