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Wednesday, 20 May 1970

Mr Les Johnson (HUGHES, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for Education and Science, upon notice:

(1)   Has the Commonwealth established criteria to ascertain the capital cost of schools per enrolled student in Commonwealth Territories and the various States; if so what are the criteria .

(2)   What is the capital cost per enrolled student in (a) primary schools established in Commonwealth Territories, (b) secondary schools in Commonwealth Territories, (c) primary schools established in various States and (d) secondary schools established in the various States.

Mr N H Bowen (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   The Commonwealth has not established common criteria for determining the capital cost of schools per enrolled student in Commonwealth Territories and in the various States. In the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory capital costs are available on a per pupil place basis. These figures are shown in part (2) below and have been derived by dividing the total building costs of recently completed schools by the number of places for which they were designed. Total costs for schools in the A.C.T. comprised costs of buildings and associated services, site development, central heating, landscaping of grounds, provision of furniture and fixed equipment and an allowance for architectural and engineering fees. Costs are calculated on the same basis for Northern Territory schools except that no provision is made for centra] heating and air conditioning is included for high schools.

(2)   (a) Capital cost per pupil place:

Primary schools -

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