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Educational use of the Australian communications satellite system

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Education & Youth Affairs

M.99/84 27 AUGUST 1984



Australia's domestic satellite could be-used to extend the distribution

of teaching material and resources, and the linking of tertiary campuses

for teaching purposes, the Commonwealth Minister for Education and Youth

Affairs, Senator Susan Ryan, said today. .

Speaking at the national conference of the Australian Council for

Educational Administration in Canberra, she said the Government had a

vital interest in applications of the satellite to education which wore

cost effective and served national objectives for education.

There were possible uses well beyond the enhancement of current School of

the Air services; for example, to distance education at all levels. The

satellite system could be used to improve education services fop the

The Commonwealth Tertiary Education Commission had been asked to report

on alternative means of increasing enrolments and participation in

tertiary education including the wider use of technologies and more

intensive use of resources available to institutions and the need to

provide adequately for the disadvantaged. -

- 'rSenator Ryan said she welcomed the discussion paper on Educational Use of

Australian Communications Satellite System, prepared by the

Commonwealth/State Advisory Committee on the Educational Use of

Communications Technology.

disadvantaged, including migrants, Aborigines and students in remote


This Committee was established in October 1982 to advise Education

Ministers on a balanced program of funded trials in educational

applications of communications technology, and to facilitate liaison with

educators and communications authorities and organisations.

The discussion paper summarises the state of preparedness of education

systems to use the domestic satellite, to be launched in 1985, and some

of the planning options of education authorities and institutions.

It also outlines the programs of .educational trials which the Committee

has supported throughout Australia in the past two years.

These trials aim to demonstrate ways of improving existing education'

services as well as developing new services to exploit the special

features of communications technology. .


Inquiries: Noel Haberecht, Secretary of the Advisory Committee

(062) j89 7218

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