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Tuesday, 26 October 1971
Page: 2563


Mr Scholes asked the Minister for Education and Science, upon notice:

(1)   Can he say whether the Victorian Government has instructed the Victorian Institute of Colleges that all future salary increases must be met by increasing student fees.

(2)   If so, has the Commonwealth considered the implication of this instruction with reference to students from low and middle income families.

(3)   Has the Commonwealth considered what financial assistance is needed if colleges affiliated with the Victorian Institute of Colleges are to perform the functions for which they, were established.


Mr Malcolm Fraser (WANNON, VICTORIA) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   As this question involves the Victorian Government I have referred the Honourable Member's question to the Victorian Minister of Education.

(2)   The level of tuition fees to be charged by colleges of advanced education in Victoria is a matter for the State to decide. However, I would point out that the Commonwealth is aware of the need to provide assistance for students from low and middle income families. As announced by the Treasurer in his Budget Speech the Commonwealth will increase the number of advanced education scholarships each year from 2,500 to 4,000 new awards from the begining of 1972. These scholarships, which are tenable in the institutions to which the Honourable Member refers, cover the cost of all compulsory fees and in addition students may receive, subject to a family means test, the benefit of a living allowance of up to $700 p.a. for students living at home or, up to $1100 p.a. for students who must live away from home to undertake their studies.

(3)   The Commonwealth looks to its Advisory Committee on Advanced Education for advice on the Appropriate level of Commonwealth grants for colleges of advanced education in Australia. From the Commonwealth grants of nearly SI 00m to assist the States with the development of their colleges of advanced education in the current 1970-72 triennium, the grants to Victoria will total $35.54m.







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