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Thursday, 9 December 1976


Mr Les McMahon (SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister representing the Minister for Education, upon notice:

(   1 ) How many (a) male and (b) female students in Forms 4, 5 and 6 in New South Wales schools will be leaving school at the end of 1976.

(2)   How many of them are expected to (a) go into the work force and ( b ) further their education.

(3)   How many of those entering the workforce are expected to go on to unemployment benefits, and when will the payment of those benefits commence.


Mr Viner -The Minister for Education has supplied the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(   1 ) On the basis of past experience about 84 000 students are projected to leave school in New South Wales in the period August 1976 to August 1977, of which about 80 per cent or 68000 are likely to leave in November and December 1976. Of the 68 000 about 56 000 (29 000 males and 27 000 females) would be students in forms 4, 5 and 6 in 1976.

(2   ) On the basis of Australia-wide estimates on the destinations of all school leavers it is projected that approximately 62 000 of the 84 000 school leavers in New South Wales in the period August 1 976 to August 1 977 are likely to enter the labour force directly. The remaining 22 000 are projected to be 'not in the labour force ' in 1 977 with the very large majority of these being engaged in full-time postsecondary study. It is known that most of those engaged in full-time post-secondary study would be leavers from Form 6 but estimates of the destinations of school leavers by form are not available.

(3)   The Depanment of Social Security advises that it cannot be anticipated how many school leavers entering the labour force are expected to be granted unemployment benefits. Unemployment benefit is paid from and including the seventh day after the day on which the claimant became unemployed or made a claim for unemployment benefit, whichever is the later.







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