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BUDGET 2000-2001 : Budget Paper No. 2 - Budget Measures : Part II: Expense Measures : Education, Training and Youth Affairs



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Education, Training and Youth Affairs

Additional resourcing for the Assistance for Isolated Children Scheme
Expense ($m)
 

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

Department of Education, Training and Youth Affairs:

2.2

4.5

4.8

5.1

Explanation

From 1 January 20 01, the Government will enhance the Assistance for Isolated Children (AIC) Scheme , including changes to :

  • Basic Boarding;
  • Second Home; and
  • Distance Education.

In addition, the comparable ABSTUDY Group 2 School Fees Allowance will also increase to maintain its alignment with the AIC Basic Boarding Allowances.

The AIC Scheme helps families of students who are unable to attend an appropriate government school on a daily basis — primarily due to geographic isolation. This increase in allowances recognises the barriers to education faced by many isolated families and the extra costs associated with the schooling of their children. It will benefit approximately 14,700 students.

Further Information

This measure increases the Basic Boarding Allowance by 10 per cent from the current annual indexed amount of $3,539 to $3,893 per eligible student, aligns the Second Home Allowance with the Basic Boarding Allowance and indexes the Sec ond Home and Distance Education Allowances. In addition, the comparable ABSTUDY Group 2 School Fees Allowance will increase by 10 per cent from $3,539 to $3,893.

 

Amalgamation of the Advanced English for Migrants Programme with the Literacy and Numeracy Programme
Expense ($m)
 

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

Department of Education, Training and Youth Affairs:

-3.1

-5.6

-5.7

-5.7

Explanation

The Government will amalgamate two programmes, the Advanced English for Migrants Programme (AEMP) and the Literacy and Numeracy Programme, to provide more flexible, integrated pathways to be established for the provision of assistance for language, literacy and numeracy training for the unemployed. The new programme will be retitled the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Training (LLANT) Programme and will be a Mutual Obligations activity.

Savings will be realised through increased efficiency in programme delivery, as former AEMP clients can be accommodated within available places in the former Literacy and Numeracy Programme.

The measure takes effect from 1 January 2001 and will be ongoing. Full integration of the two programmes will be completed by 1 January 2002.

Australian Student Traineeship Foundation - funding for work placement coordination and community partnership projects
Expense ($m)
 

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

Department of Education, Training and Youth Affairs:

-

-

-

-

Explanation

The Government will extend funding for Australian Student Train eeship Foundation (ASTF) work placement coordination and community partnership projects for a further four years. This measure will extend the 1998 election commitment in Skilling Australia for Jobs , by providing $10.7 million in 2000-01, $10.8 million in 2001-02, $11.0 million in 2002-03 and $11.2 million in 2003-04. Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

This funding will enable the ASTF to assist 200 work placement coordinators in schools (or their full-time equivalent). These coordinators provide around 55,000 senior secondary students with opportunities to participate in programmes offering structured workplace learning.

Discovering Democracy Programme
Expense ($m)
 

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

Department of Education, Training and Youth Affairs:

-

-

-

-

Explanation

The Government will extend the Discovering Democracy Programme until June 2004, with funding of $4.1 million in 2000-01 and 2001-02, $3.1 million in 2002-03 and $2.1 million in 2003-04. Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

The Discovering Democracy Programme is intended to promote an understanding of the structure and function of Australia’s system of government. The extension will allow Discovering Democracy to become embedded in mainstream school curriculums. Extended funding will also allow for materials focusing on the Centenary of Federation, Australian Multiculturalism and reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians to be incorporated into education resources.

Education Services for Overseas Students — strengthening the regulatory framework
Expense ($m)
 

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

Department of Education, Training and Youth Affairs:

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

 

Explanation

The Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration of Providers and Financial Regulation) (ESOS) Act 1991 will be amended to strengthen the regulatory framework for the provision of education services for overseas students , including the establishment of a fidelity fund for overseas student providers. This will enable the Department of Education, Training and Youth Affairs to take a much more active role in the investigation, monitoring and pursuit of non-compliance by providers of education services.

Further Information

See also the related revenue measure titled Education Services for Overseas Students — increased registration fees for providers , in the Education, Training and Youth Affairs portfolio.

Grant to the Australian-American Education (Fulbright) Foundation
Expense ($m)
 

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

Department of Education, Training and Youth Affairs:

-

-

-

-

Explanation

The Government will provide a one-off grant of $0.2 million in 2000-01 to the Australian-American Education (F ulbright) Foundation for the purchase of office space for its headquarters. This grant is additional to the Commonwealth’s annual contribution of $0.5 million to assist with the Foundation’s education and scholarship programmes, and complements a one-off contribution of $0.4 million from the Government of the United States of America for the Foundation’s accommodation.

This measure is being fully absorbed within the existing resourcing of the Department of Education, Training and Youth Affairs.

Increased funding for the Research Infrastructure Equipment and Facilities Scheme
Expense ($m)
 

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

Department of Education, Training and Youth Affairs:

4.0

4.0

4.1

4.2

Explanation

The Government will provide additional ongoing funding to the Research Infrastructure Equipment and Facilities (RIEF) Scheme to boost base funding to $24.6 million per annum from 2001. The RIEF Scheme funds large items of research infrastructure for collaborative use by universities, research organisations and industry and supports access by Australian researchers to major national and international research facilities.

These additional funds will further promote private investment in Australia’s research infrastructure, while universities, research organisations and industry partners contribute at least 25 per cent of the cost of equipment and facilities acquired under the Scheme.

 

Maintain support for the Jobs Pathway Programme
Expense ($m)
 

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

Department of Education, Tra ining and Youth Affairs:

10.3

-

-

-

Explanation

The Government will provide an additional $10.3 million in 2000-01 to the Jobs Pathway Programme (JPP) to ensure that the current level of demand can continue to be satisfied. This funding builds on the ongoing base funding of $11.7 million for 2000-01, and will assist students to make a smooth transition from school to work. Funding is provided to contracted service providers that work closely with schools and the local community.

Further Information

The JPP is a Mutual Obligations activity, and has outcomes that include employment, return to education or the progression to accredited training. All young people aged 15-19 years, including those at school, are eligible for the p rogramme.

The JPP falls within the scope of the Youth Pathways Action Plan Taskforce that is due to report in June 2000. Following that report, the Government will consider future funding in the 2001-02 Budget.

New Apprenticeships — Workforce Skills Development Programme
Expense ($m)
 

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

Department of Education, Training and Youth Affairs:

-

-

-

-

Explanation

The Government will continue to provide targeted and flexible support for apprenticeships and traineeships, through the New Apprenticeships: Workforce Skills Development Programme . This programme continues the work already commenced under the Modern Australian Apprenticeship and Traineeship System (MAATS) initiative and will assist in the consolidation and promotion of New Apprenticeships, with the Government providing $22.6 million in 2000-01, $27.2 million in 2001-02, $30.1 million in 2002-03 and $29.2 million in 2003-04. Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

Further Information

This measure aims to build on industry commitment to New Apprenticeships by communic ating the benefits and flexibilities available through the new system and providing support to employers and individuals moving into the new arrangements. The Government will focus support through the School to Work (Enterprise Education) Programme, Group Training Targeted Initiatives, Enhanced Educative Services, the Strategic Intervention Programme , the New Apprenticeship Access Programme , the Wage Top Up Scheme , and New Apprenticeships Marketing .

Strategic Partnerships with Industry — Research and Training Scheme
Expense ($m)
 

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

Department of Education, Training and Youth Affairs:

-

-

-

-

Explanation

The Government will maintain current funding levels for the Strategic Partnerships with Industry — Research and Training (SPIRT) Scheme on an ongoing basis, providing $13.0 million in 2001-02, $24.7 million in 2002-03 and $25.1 million in 2003-04. Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates. This measure extends the Government’s 1998 election commitment to provide additional funding for SPIRT for a three-year period, and provides ongoing base funding of $56.8 million per calendar year.

The scheme aims to improve links between universities and industry by supporting collaborative research projects undertaken to acquire new knowledge and by providing awards and fellowships for training and research in industrial settings. The scheme leverages substantial financial contributions from industry partners that, at a minimum, match Commonwealth funding.