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Monday, 30 August 2004
Page: 26768

Senator Allison asked the Minister representing the Minister for Education, Science and Training, upon notice, on 14 July 2004:

(1) (a) How many Technical and Further Education teachers are employed as casuals on contracts; and (b) what percentage of total teaching hours do casual teachers provide.

(2) Can a breakdown of these figures be provided by state.

Senator Vanstone (Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Reconciliation) —The Minister for Education, Science and Training has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

The Australian Government provides supplementary funding assistance, through the Australian National Training Authority, to all States and Territories for vocational education and training (VET). The States and Territories are responsible for the delivery of VET in their jurisdictions, including all aspects of TAFE operations. DEST does not have access to information on TAFE teaching arrangements, which are the responsibility of the State and Territory governments.