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Thursday, 30 May 1996
Page: 1443


Senator NEWMAN —Yesterday, Senator Conroy asked me a question about the Australian Defence Force Academy. I seek leave to incorporate an answer in Hansard .

Leave granted.

The answer read as follows

Response to Question Without Notice

Senator Conroy asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence, on 29 May 1996:

My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Defence, and I ask could you please explain the nature of the financial relationship between ADFA and the University of New South Wales? Will ADFA funding be reduced at the same rate as other tertiary institutions? Will you guarantee that ADFA resources will not be used to cross-subsidise the University of New South Wales?

Senator Newman —The Minister for Defence has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

.   The financial relationship between ADFA and the University of New South Wales is governed by the 1981 Agreement between the Commonwealth of Australia (acting through the Department of Defence) and University of New South Wales (UNSW).

.   This Agreement defines the arrangements under which UNSW provides university education to officer cadets at the University College of the Australian Defence Force Academy.

.   It formally establishes, amongst other things, the responsibilities of the Commonwealth for the provision of facilities and funding for UNSW to provide the University College at ADFA.

.   This Government has no plans at present to reduce funding to the UNSW for the provision of tertiary education to the officer corps of the Australian Defence Force.

-   This does not mean that the operation and funding levels of the Academy are immune from the requirement to pursue measures that improve the cost effectiveness of officer education and training.

-   To this end, Defence is reviewing its strategic requirement for both undergraduate and postgraduate education of the officer corps into the 21st Century, and the resultant roles and functions of the University College.

-   The 1981 Agreement is expected to be reviewed as a natural consequence of these processes.

-   This is in keeping with the Government's response to the Joint Parliamentary Committee report "Officer Education: The Military After Next", tabled in both Houses today. (May 30)

.   Defence Academy resources will not be used to cross-subsidise the University of New South Wales.