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Grants of $19.18m for pep programs in Australian Government Schools

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News Release AUSTRALIA ,Lt - J»»»^iz<««V-


Minister for

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11 May 1984


Grants totalling more than $19.18 million for the Participation and

Equity Program (PEP) in government schools throughout Australia were

announced today by the Minister for Education and Youth Affairs, Senator

Susan Ryan.

She said the State by-State breakdown

in the government sector was:

New South Wales



Western Australia

South Australia


of the PEP grants approved so far

$6 ,000,000






Government schools in the ACT and the Northern Territory had been

allocated $324,390 and $195,800 respectively.

Senator Ryan said the grants of $19.18 million were part of the $40.19

million available for the government sector under PEP this year.

Projects to receive funding include curriculum development, work

experience, vocational awareness courses, and programs to assist

Aborigines, girls, and students of non-English speaking backgrounds.

Senator Ryan said the Participation and Equity Program, for which $75.3

million had been provided for 1984, was the centrepiece of the overall

framework of the Government's youth policies.

The twin objectives of the program - increased participation by young

people in education and greater equity in the provision of educational

and training opportunities - would be met by bringing about major changes

in schools.

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"These changes will be aimed at giving all students, but especially those

from disadvantaged backgrounds, a rewarding, useful education through to

the end of secondary schooling", she said.

Inquiries': David Green (062) 897414