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Thursday, 9 December 1971
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Dr Cass asked the Minister for Educa tion and Science, upon notice:

(1)   Why are 70 per cent of Commonwealth Advanced Education Scholarships declined (question No. 3645, Hansard, 12th October 1971, page 2226).

(2)   Why are declined scholarships not reallocated.

(3)   What is the comparable figure for university scholarships.

Mr Malcolm Fraser (WANNON, VICTORIA) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Students who receive the offer of a scholarship but who decide not to accept it are asked to indicate in their reply to the offer their reasons for not accepting. Information for 1971 Commonwealth Advanced Education scholarships is available for 3 Stales, New South Wales (including the Australian Capital Territory), Victoria and South Australia. Out of the 6,030 students throughout Australia who rejected an offer, 5,219 were in the 3 States mentioned. The reasons given by students in those States for rejection of the offer were:


(2)   The full quota of Commonwealth Advanced Education scholarships is used each year. As a general rule, scholarships which are declined are immediately re-offered to candidates placed next in order of merit. In some circumstances, however, where the proportion of students who will reject the offer of an Advanced Education scholarship can be forecast, the initial offer is increased beyond the quota, and rejected scholarships are not re-offered.

(3)   In 1971, 19 per cent of the students offered a Commonwealth University scholarship rejected the offer. For this scheme also the number of scholarships available was fully used. The number of offers made was in excess of the quota in order to make allowance for those students not accepting awards.

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