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MINISTER FOR EDUCATION

PARLIAMENT HOUSE

CANBERRA A.C.T.

Press Release

Ministerial No 37

COMMONWEALTH ASSISTANCE FOR STUDENTS .

The Minister for Education, Senator Garrick, today announced details

of increased allowances and the relaxation of means tests for

Commonwealth schemes of assistance for students.

A record number of more than 167,000 students are expected to benefit

in 1978 under various schemes.

Total estimated expenditure under the schemes in 1977-78 is

$224.8 million, an increase of $37.8 million over the amount for 1976-77„

Senator Garrick said today the Government was continuing its policy

of providing a comprehensive range of assistance to students to

ensure all were able to achieve their maximum potential and would not

be prevented from doing so by lack of financial support.

In considering allowances for 1978 the Government had had to balance

economic restraint against its concern that students should not have

to face hardship, he said.

Changes had therefore been directed to students the Government believed

had the greatest need: students who had to live away from home, students

who were self-supporting and students with dependents.

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The following increased rates will apply for 1978. Other allowances

under these schemes will remain unchanged.

RATE OF ALLOWANCE

Current 1978

p.a. (p.w.) p.a. (p.w„)

TERTIARY EDUCATION ASSISTANCE SCHEME

PRE-SCHOOL TEACHER EDUCATION ALLOWANCES SCHEME

ADULT SECONDARY EDUCATION ASSISTANCE SCHEME

THE COMMONWEALTH TEACHING SERVICE SCHOLARSHIPS SCHEME

Living Allowance:

Dependent student away from home

Independent Student

1,976 (38)

2,236 (43)

2,075 (39.90)

2,348 (45.15)

Dependent Spouse Allowance 1,508 (29) 1,632.80 (31.40)

POSTGRADUATE AWARDS SCHEME

Living Allowance 4,000 (76.92) 4,200 (80 .77)

Dependent Spouse Allowance 1,508 (29) 1,632.80 (31.40}

ABORIGINAL STUDY GRANTS

Living Allowance Single students under 18 2,340 (45) 2,457 (47 .25)

Other students 2,834 (54.50) 2,978.04 (57.27)

First Dependent allowance 1*508 (29) 1,632.80 (31.40)

Senator Garrick said the Government had also decided to increase the

Additional Boarding Allowance under the Scheme of Assistance for

Isolated Children from $450 to $500 a year for 1978.

The maximum reimbursement of boarding costs under the Aboriginal

Secondary Grants Scheme would also be increased.

The increases would be from $1450 fo $1600 a year (for students enrolled

at boarding schools), from $28 to $30 a week (for students in hostels)

and from $20 to $22 a week (for students in private board),

MEANS TEST EASED ....

Senator Garrick said the Government was concerned that rises in incomes

during the last financial year would mean some families would receive

reduced assistance under various schemes in 1978. .

The Government had therefore decided to relax the means tests on

family income under a number of schemes to ensure that maximum benefits

would be directed to those most in need.

The marginal adjusted family income (MAPI) for the Tertiary Education

Assistance Scheme and related schemes and for the Additional Boarding

Allowance under the Assistance for Isolated Children Scheme would be

increased from $8200 to $8700 for 1978.

The MAPI for the Secondary Allowances Scheme and for the Special

Supplementary Allowance under the Assistance for Isolated Children

Scheme would be increased from $5100 to $5800.

Maximum benefits under the schemes were payable where the combined · .

incomes of both parents, less certain allowable deductions, such as

for the other dependents did not exceed the MAPI.

Senator Garrick said the number of new awards to be made available

under the Postgraduate Awards Scheme in 1978 would be 700. This

would be 100 fewer than the number of new awards made available this

year.

The scheme was being tapered in view of the increasing supply of

students with higher degree qualifications, Senator Garrick said.