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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4582

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

What were the average annual fees for day pupils at (a) Government, (b) Catholic and (c) other non-government (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools in each State and Territory in the most recent year for which information is available.

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

(a)   Government schools do not charge tuitition fees. In some schools fees such as sport, library and textbook fees are levied but information on the extent to which these charges are made is not available.

(b)   and (c) Because of the differences which exist between schools in the level of fees charged, and the variations in fees for different grades within schools it is not possible to derive average annual fees for non-government schools. Information about fees charged as at June 1970 at nongovernment schools offering courses up to and including the final year of secondary schooling can be obtained from a -1970 publication by my Department, entitled 'Fees at non-government schools'.

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