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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4528

Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for Education and Science, upon notice:

Will he bring up to date the information which his predecessor gave on 25th September 1970 (Hansard, page 1742) on universities.

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

(1)   There are 123,643 students at Australian universities in 1971, of whom 26,235 are new bachelor degree students. Total enrolments exclude 133 higher doctor course enrolments.

(2)   The number of Commonwealth University scholarship holders in training at 30th June 1971 was 34,168. This represents 27.6 per cent of the total student enrolment at universities in 1971, and 31.5 per cent of students enrolled in bachelor degree and diploma courses, i.e. those courses covered by the Commonwealth University Scholarship Scheme.

(3)   (a) The number of applications received for Commonwealth university scholarships available in 1971 was 59,326.

(b)   the number of Commonwealth university scholarships offered in 1971 was 15,796.

(c)   The number accepted was 12,752. This represents 21.5 per cent of the total number of applicants.


The figures shown in the above table relate to numbers passing the relevant examination in each State al a standard which meets the matriculation requirements of at least one university within that State. Because of differing university m a t i E c u 1 a t i o i requirements the figures are not necessarily comparable between States.

The figure for Western Australia for 1969 in answer lo the previous question has now been revised 10 1,905.

(5)   The following number of Commonwealth university scholarship holders are enrolled in the first academic year of courses in 1971. These include students who accepted awards in earlier years, deferred their entry lo university and commenced their courses in 1971.

(6)   Al 301 h June 1971 there were:

(a)   31,772 Commonwealth university scholar., in full-lime studies at universities; and

(b)   2,396 Commonwealth university scholars in part-time studies al universities.

(7)   Under the Commonwealth University Scholarship Scheme, living allowance is payable to scholars in full-time study subject to a means test. For most scholars the rate of allowance is assessed on the basis of their parents' incomes. At 30th June 1971. 8,412 of these scholars were eligble to receive part living allowance and 3,413 were eligible to receive full living allowance. In addition (here were 2,411 scholars classed as independent' of whom the majojrity were in receipt of full living allowance.

(8)   The actual expenditure on benefits for Commonwealth university scholarships in 1970-71 and the estimated expenditure for 1971-72 are as follows:


(9)   The numbers and percentages of Commonwealth university scholars who failed in 1970 were:


(10)   The student-staff ratio in each university in 1970 was:


(11)   The answer to this part of the honourable member's question was given on 17th August 1971 in answer to his Question No. 2592 (Hansard, pace 156). 12 ((a) and (b)) The following table shows the number and percentage of applicants who failed to gain entry into the faculty of their first choice where an entry quota was applied. However, many of these applicants would have been successful in gaining admission lo a faculty of an alternative choice. Moreover, as experience has shown that not all successful applicants take up an offer of a place in a faculty of their first choice, it is likely that many who did not receive such an offer, because they gained insufficient marks at the matriculation examination, would not have accepted an offer had it been made.

I would also invite the honourable member's attention to my recent answer to his question No. 3642 in which I pointed out that the fact that a proportion of the applicants for university places is unable to be accommodated is not in itself proof that the number of university places is inadequate.





(13 (a)) The numbers of students enrolled at each university in 1971 for the degrees of M.B., B.S. and B.Med.Sc. are as follows:


(a)   As at 30 April 1971. (b) First year students who will transfer to the University of Adelaide for the remainder of the course in the following year. (13 (b)) The numbers of beds available for teaching at each university in 1971 are as follows:

(14)   The answer to this part of the honourable member's question was provided on 3rd May 1971 in answer to his question No. 2423 (Hansard, pages 2407 and 2408). (15 (a) and (b)) The amount and percentage of each university's income received from (i) the Commonwealth, (ii) a State, (iii) endowments and benefactions and (iv) fees in 1969 are shown in the following table:


(16)   University fees paid by the Commonwealth in respect of Commonwealth University (undergraduate) scholars in training in 1969 were as follows:


The percentages in column (b) of part 16 show the relationship between students' fees, as defined, paid by the Commonwealth and students' fees paid from all sources as used In the answer to part 15. The two sets of figures used to calculate percentages in part 16 (b) are not strictly comparable.

The figures in part 16 (a) include fees paid to student unions, etc., whereas the part 15 figures exclude these; again the part 15 figures include an unknown element for post-graduate fees. The amounts involved are relatively small but would, if known, require a small variation in the percentages given in the answer to part 16.



(1   8) The following table shows the number and percentage of new male and female bachelor degree students in each State and the A.C.T. in 1971.


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