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Action on students' benefits



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Parliament House Canberra, A.C.T. 2600

Minister for Education

Ministerial No. 13 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.

28 MARCH, 1974.

ACTION ON STUDENTS' BENEFITS

The Australian Minister for Education, Mr. Kim Beazley, announced today about 62,000 students would receive tertiary allowances this year.

Only 25,000 students benefited in this way under the former scholarship scheme last year.

Allowances of up to $1400 a year are available to tertiary students under the new scheme, subject to a means test.

Mr. Beazley said the huge increase in applications for living allowances following the abolition of tuition fees this year . at tertiary institutions had caused some problems.

"To cope with the great volume of applications, staff numbers have been doubled in the Sydney and Melbourne offices of my Department and there have been large staff increases in the other State offices.

"Most of the additional staff are employed on a temporary basis, and are working overtime, including Saturdays."

He said many cheques were posted today and the next batch of cheques would be posted on 11 April.

Mr. Beazley said many universities and cblleges of advanced education had their own special schemes to assist students in need.

Students with short term problems should contact their own university or college.

"Everything possible is being done to speed up the processing of applications for these allowances and students in genuine financial difficulty are being given priority1 , 1, Mr." Beazley said.

Further enquiries: Ken Henrick, Press Secretary.

Phone: 733261.