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H igher E ducation and E mployment S ervices BIO/92 T H E H O N . P E T E R B A L D W I N M . P .

NEW OPPORTUNITIES IN POST SECONDARY EDUCATION

The Federal Government's $13 billion dollar commitment to higher education and the vocational education and training package announced in the 'One Nation' statement mark a new era in post secondary education for Australia.

The Minister for Higher Education and Employment Services, Mr Peter Baldwin, said the next three years would see spending of $13 billion dollars on universities and, by 1995, an extra $720 million dollars for the TAPE

system.

"The Government is continuing to back its commitment to higher education and training with dollars and cents," Mr Baldwin said.

"Unlike the Opposition, whose paltry offerings would actually reduce the real level of access to vocational education and training.

Speaking at the launch of the Graduate Careers Council of Australia (GCCA) 1991 graduate survey, Mr Baldwin said the government's initiatives would greatly improve career opportunities across the workforce.

"Despite the fact that 1990 graduates faced a more difficult labour market than those in previous years ABS figures indicate that the unemployment rate for graduates was less than half that of the labour force as a whole.

"The number of graduates will continue to grow strongly in the next few years and we are keen to ensure that the equivalent opportunities are provided in the TAPE sector.

In addition to extra funding, the Government's 'One Nation' package includes a proposal to transform TAPE into a new and expanded system of institutes of vocational education.

„ Mr Baldwin also commended the GCCA on its new publication Graduate Qpportunites which, he said, will help graduates make the transition to the workforce.

"It combines useful information from higher education institutions, the business community and the Commonwealth.

Further information: Sarah Taylor Minister Baldwin's Office (06) 277 7540

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