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Wednesday, 17 April 1985
Page: 1340

(Question No. 450)

Mr Ruddock asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice, on 26 March 1985:

(1) Has the Government approved the presence of students from Vietnam in Australian universities and colleges.

(2) Under what programs are these students studying in Australia, how many students are involved in each program and how long will each student be in Australia.

(3) Will there be any further students accepted under these programs.

(4) Who selects the students for enrolment in Australia, the Government of Vietnam, the United Nations or some other body or agency and does the Australian Government have any say in the students admitted.

(5) Are fees paid to the Australian institutions at which the students are enrolled; if so, are they paid by the Government of Vietnam, the United Nations, Australia under one of its aid programs, or by some other agency.

(6) What are the fees and are they charged on the basis of the overseas students charge or full cost recovery.

(7) What is the full cost to the institutions for each course of study undertaken by these students.

(8) Have additional arrangements or costs been incurred by Australia for bringing these students to Australia or for undertaking any special measures associated with their presence, including the costs of any special security arrangements; if so, what are the details.

(9) Are these students billeted in university or college student accommodation, if so, are charges levied for this accommodation and are the charges paid for by the sponsoring body or by the Government.

Mr Hayden —The answer to the honourable member's questions is as follows:

(1) Yes.

(2) At present there are 24 students from Vietnam in Australian universities and colleges. All are studying courses of up to one year under awards administered by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) (22 students) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) (2 students).

(3) Yes.

(4) Students nominated by the Government of Vietnam undergo final selection by the administering agencies (UNDP and WHO) and the institutions in Australia. They are also subject to Australian Government visa requirements.

(5) and (6) WHO paid the institution fees and the overseas student charge for students whom it administers. UNDP has paid the full charge for a special course for students it administers; because this covers all direct costs and management fees, the overseas student charge is not applicable.

(7) The full cost (including indirect costs) to the institutions has not been calculated, but direct costs are covered as closely as possible by the charges made by the institutions.

(8) A grant of $700,000 has been made to UNDP to cover costs of its Indo-China program, including those of the Vietnamese in Australia. No special security measures have been undertaken other than minor and routine arrangements in relation to some students following an assault on them.

(9) The students have been billeted in university and college accommodation charged to the relevant UN administering organisation.