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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4605


Mr Kennedy asked the Minister for Education and Science upon notice:

(1)   What types of fees and charges of all kinds were levied on students attending (a) pre-schools; (b) primary schools and (c) secondary schools under Commonwealth control in (i) the Australian. Capital Territory and (ii) the Northern Territory, in 1970 or in the latest year for which details are available.

(2)   What was the level of these fees and charges, and what was the total amount raised by schools in (a) each level and (b) all three levels of education in the same year.


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

(1)   (i) and (ii) The information in this answer to the honourable member's question _ relates to the responsibilities of my Department, i.e. government schools and pre-schools in the Australian Capital Territory and community pre-schools and schools in the Northern. Territory. My Department itself does not make any charges for pupils attending pre-schools, primary or secondary schools under its control in either Territory. However, parent and school committees associated with the pre-schools and schools often set a level of contribution, or fee which the overwhelming majority of parents pay in. respect of children attending. There is considerable variation in the levels set as between schools and the figures given below represent an estimate of the average contribution per child paid at pre-schools, primary and secondary schools, (a) Parents committees of pre-schools seek a contribution from parents which is used mainly to provide and maintain equipment at the pre-school. In the Australian Capital Territory this contribution averages about $8.50 per term for each child; in the Northern Territory the average is a little higher, reflecting the fact that in the Northern Territory most children attending pre-school do so for more sessions per week than do children in the Australian Capita' Territory.

(b)   In primary schools the annual contribution payable to the parent or school commi tee averages between $8 and $10 per year per child. This is used to purchase spc;:al materials, library books and otter equipment for the school additional to that provided by the Government.

(c)   At secondary schools parents are requested to pay a school fee which averages between $15 and $16 per year per pupil. The revenue thus obtained is used for the purchase of textbooks which are hired to pupils and for the purchase of library books, sporting equipment and other items which the school wishes to have additional to thar supplied by the Government.

(2)   (a)-

(i)   Australian Capital Territory Pre-schools - $85,000, Primary Schools - SI 75.000. Secondary Schools- $135,000.

(ii)   Northern Territory Pre-school- -$30,000 Primary Schools - $50,000, Secondary Schools- $45,000.

(b)   Australian Capital Territory- s394.000, Northern Territory $125,000.

It should be stressed that all of these amounts represent an approximate estimate only.







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