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Tuesday, 30 May 1989
Page: 3071

(Question No. 912)

Senator MacGibbon asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, upon notice, on 9 March 1989:

(1) How many Service and civilian officers are currently undertaking the master of Business in Capital Project Management at the Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education.

(2) Will those Service and civilian officers be subject to the new tertiary studies tax; if so, will the tax be paid by the individual or the Department of Defence.

Senator Richardson —The Minister for Defence Science and Personnel has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) There are currently 11 Defence Force and 8 Defence civilian officers undertaking the Master of Business (MBus) in Capital Project Management at the Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education (DDIAE).

(2) The students are subject to the higher education contribution but have been awarded scholarships which meet the charge. The DDIAE may award to Masters students, government funded scholarships which meet the cost of the higher education contribution. Such scholarships were awarded to two Defence officers undertaking the course privately on a correspondence basis. Unintentionally, the scholarships were not awarded to the other 17 Defence officers, but the DDIAE has undertaken to provide scholarships of equal value.

The Department of Defence intends to clarify with the Department of Employment, Education and Training whether Defence employees undertaking this course should continue to be liable to the higher education contribution.