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Wednesday, 24 August 1983
Page: 245

Question No. 100

Mr Ronald Edwards asked the Minister representing the Minister for Education and Youth Affairs, upon notice, on 5 May 1983:

Are students in receipt of Tertiary Education Assistance Scheme (TEAS) allowances, which have a family allowance component, being disadvantaged by not having the full amount of family allowance forgone added to the TEAS allowance; if so, is the Minister contemplating any action to remove this apparent anomaly.

Mr Dawkins —The Minister for Education and Youth Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

Family allowance, which is the responsibility of the Department of Social Security, is not payable in respect of students who are in receipt of allowances under the Tertiary Education Assistance Scheme (TEAS). This situation has existed since 1978 at which time an additional amount of $5.25 a week was added to the basic TEAS allowance in place of the family allowance payment. The amount of $5.25 a week was set as a flat rate and did not take into account the actual level of family allowance forgone by families of different sizes and compositions.

While there have been increases in family allowance in the 1981-82 and 1982-83 Budgets and while the overall TEAS payment has increased since 1978, there has been no specific increase in the amount that is added to the basic TEAS entitlement in place of family allowance. Most families will, of course, receive more money overall when a child goes onto TEAS. My Department will be examining the matter however, as part of its overall review of TEAS.