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Thursday, 5 December 1974
Page: 4784

Mr Snedden asked the Minister for Labor and Immigration, upon notice:

(1)   With reference to the answer to question No. 765 (Hansard, 17 October 1974, page 2573) how were the 472 migrant women selected to receive assistance under the home tutor training program.

(2)   How many migrant women have sought assistance under this program since its inception.

(3)   What procedures are adopted to evaluate the success of the program.

(4)   Is any Government assistance given to women who volunteer to undertake home tutoring.

(5   ) How many migrant women are in need of this type of training and assistance.

Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I an informed that the answer to the right honourable member's question is as follows:

(   1 ) and (2) The Home Tutor Scheme is based on voluntary participation both by the tutors and the migrant pupils. A co-ordinating committee has been established in each State under the Regional Director of the Department of Labor and Immigration and involving representatives of the voluntary organisations concerned, the Good Neighbour Council and the adult migrant education sections of the State Department of Education. Tutors and prospective pupils are listed following personal enquiry, through contacts notified by members of the Good Neighbour Movement and the voluntary organizations and through departmental resources (such as welfare officers working in the community). An important facet of the scheme is the matching of tutor with pupil taking into account, amongst other things, compatibility and physical location. At 21 November 1382 migrant women had been enrolled in the scheme and these should all have been matched with tutors by the end of this calendar year.

(3)   Re-training and recall sessions held regularly for the tutors provide the basis on which the effectiveness of the scheme can be evaluated. The primary objective of the scheme is to secure language improvement in the informal situation of the migrant women's home. Equally important however is the extent to which the scheme will encourage the integration of migrant women through the development of personal relationships between tutors and pupils and the assistance given generally to migrant women m adapting to life in a new community. The extent to which personal relationships are developed in this way would be regarded as clear evidence of the success of the scheme.

(4)   Tutors are provided with a copy of the Home Tutor Kit and are given training in its use. Regular recall sessions are arranged for further training and to allow tutors to exchange information on their experiences. The tutors work on a voluntary basis and do not receive any financial remuneration.

(5   ) The number of migrant women in need of home tutoring cannot readily be assessed. They would comprise all migrant women who would prefer to have tutoring in the informal situation of their home as a first step to receiving instruction in the formal situation of classes established in the community.

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