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Thursday, 11 October 1984
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(Question No. 1556)

Mr Andrew asked the Minister representing the Minister for Education and Youth Affairs, upon notice, on 6 June 1984:

What are the allocations in 1983-84 to each school in South Australia under the provisions of the computer education program by (a) the Commonwealth Government and (b) the S.A. Government.

Mr Dawkins —The Minister for Education and Youth Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

The Computer Education Program was introduced in 1984 and is funded on the basis of each calendar year for the triennium 1984-1986.

The Commonwealth Government allocation for South Australia for each year of the program is $592,000, of which $485,000 is for government schools and $107,000 is for non-government schools. These amounts may be increased from time to time in accordance with the Schools Price Index, which monitors movements in costs.

The Computer Education Program is broadly based and will provide funds for professional development, curriculum development, software and courseware, hardware, support services and evaluation. It will not be implemented on the basis of a per capita grant to each school.

In South Australia, recommendations to the Minister for Education and Youth Affairs concerning the allocation of the available funds are the responsibility of the South Australian Joint Government/Non-Government Computer Education Co- ordinating Committee. The Minister expects to receive program proposals from the Committee in the near future. Members of Parliament are notified by letter of details of grants in respect of schools in their State as soon as the program, or part of a program, is approved.

Funds provided by the Commonwealth Government under the Computer Education Program are separate from and in addition to those contributed by the States for computer education. State government and non-government school authorities had already begun their own initiatives before the national program, and will maintain their effort in this area. Details of grants to schools by the South Australian Government are not available.