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Thursday, 11 July 1946

Mr Adermann n asked the Minister for Post-War Reconstruction, upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact that under the Commonwealth Reconstruction Training Scheme, students receive living allowances intended to enable them to go through their university or technical college studies?

2.   If so, does a single man receive £3 5s., a married man £4 16s., and a married man, with children, £5 5s. a week, together with 5s. for fares and £10 a year for books, &c. ?

3.   Docs a girl receive £2 10s. a week, or an extra15s. if she does not live at home?

4.   If not, what are the respective amounts? 5.What is the approximate taxation deduction in each instance? (>. Will he inform the House of the basis on which these payments were fixed in each case, and, in view of the present high cost of living in the capital cities, are the payments regarded as adequate?

Mr DEDMAN (CORIO, VICTORIA) - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows : -

1.   Full-time students both professional and vocational under the Commonwealth reconstruction training scheme receive the following allowances to enable them to go through their university or technical college studies: -

(a)   All compulsory fees for the course approved, viz. tuition, examination and graduation fees.

(6)   A living allowance as a gift for the first three years of the course, and as a loan thereafter. (Note, - (1) After a period of training which is ordinarily up to six months vocational trainees are placed in employment and though only possibly 40 per cent. proficient, they receive the full award wage, the Government reimbursing the employer for the degree of proficiency under 100 per cent. (2) Incapacitated personnel may receive these allowances in addition to their war pension.)

(c)   A dependant's allowance as a gift for the full duration of the course.

(d)   Where the student has to live away from his home for the purpose of his training, a " living-away-from home allowance ".

(e)   Fares allowance.

(f)   A yearly allowance for books.

(g)   (i) In the case of professional trainees, a yearly allowance for essential instruments and equipment, (ii) In the case of vocational trainees a gift up to the value of £10 and a loan to the value of £40 for tools of trade or other equipment, on going into employment.

2.   (a)Rates of male living allowances including additional rate to married trainees arc as follows: - (i) Trainee without dependants, £3 5s. per week; (ii) married trainee, £416s. per week; (iii) married trainee with one child or more, £5 5s. per week. (b)Rates of living away from home allowance are - (i) Trainee without dependants, 15s. per week for the first four weeks, and 15s. per week for the first four weeks of training after each long vacation; (ii) married trainee, 30s. per week for the first four weeks and 15s. per week thereafter; (iii) married trainee with one child or more, 30s. per week throughout.

(c)   Fares allowance. - An allowance of 5s. per week "is payable to cover fares incurred in travelling to and from the place of training, but does not apply to members who are required to live in training establishments.

(d)   Books. - A yearly allowance of £10.

(e)   Essential instruments and equipment (professional trainees only). (/) Tools of trade (vocational trainees on going into employment). - (i) A gift to the value of £10; (ii) a loan to the value of £40. 3 and 4. (a) Kates of living allowance for female trainees arc as follows: - (i) Without dependants living at home not supported by herself, £2 10s. per week; (ii) without, dependants not living at such a home as referred to in (i), £3 5s. per week; (iii) with dependant or dependants, £3 5s. per week.

(b)   Female trainees with dependants are also entitled to dependants' allowance and living away from home allowance as specified in the answer to question 2.

(c)   Female trainees receive the fares, books, equipment and tools of trade allowances or loans referred to in the answer to question 2. id) Where applicable, female trainees are also entitled to a special allowance of up to £1. weekly for the care of their children.

5.   The prescribed scale of income tax and social services contribution instalment deductions requires the following amounts to be deducted from the above allowances: -


Although the allowances for fares and books, &c, constitute assessable income in the hands of the trainee, a corresponding deduction is allowable in respect of so much thereof as is expended for the purposes for which the allowances are paid. In these circumstances, the allowances referred to are not taken into account for the purpose of determining the weekly instalment deduction.

6.   The training allowances are in general based on the present Repatriation Commission pension scale for temporary total incapacity, namely - single men, £3 5s. per week; married men, £4 16s. per week; married men with children, £5 5s. per week. To ensure that the training rate would not exceed the wage on completion of training, the allowance of £55s. per week is the maximum payable. The, training allowances, which are substantially higher than those payable in respect of the 1914-18 war and under the interim training scheme prior to the introduction of the Commonwealth reconstruction training scheme, are considered to be a reasonable contribution by the Commonwealth towards the training of ex-Service personnel.

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