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Tuesday, 13 October 1970

Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for Education and Science, upon notice:

Will he bring up to date the answer which his predecessor gave me on 14th August 1969 (Hansard, page 344) on tertiary and technical education in the Northern Territory.

Mr N H Bowen (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The following information updates that given by my predecessor on 14th August 1969:

Existing Tertiary Facilities

(i)   (a) External tuition continues to be provided by the University of Queensland under the subsidy arrangements outlined in my predecessor's reply of 14th August 1969. Northern Territory students also undertake courses with the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, the Western Australian Institute of Technology and the University of London. Certain students have arranged to complete courses with the University of Western Australia and teachers are undertaking subjects with Teachers' Colleges in South Australia.TheDarwin Adult Education Centre provides tutorial guidance in these courses.

In 1970, 101 Northern Territory students enrolled as external students of the University of Queensland in 143 . subjects. Fifty-eight of the students live in Darwin and use the tutorial service provided at the Adult Education Centre. The University of Queensland vacation school held in' Darwin during May 1970 was provided by eleven lecturers for a daily average' of fifty students.

Existing Technical Education Facilities

(i)   (b) In the field of technical education the Technical Division of the South Australian Education Department provides full-time trade teachers at the Adult Education Centre, Darwin and at Alice Springs. Instruction is provided on day release conditions to apprentices employed in the basic trades in Darwin. Supervised study is provided for apprentices undertaking other trades in the Northern Territory arid for students who undertake correspondence courses from South Australia and Western Australia. Full-time teachers are provided to instruct young Aboriginals in trade skills and office work and approximately 40 of these young people are receiving instruction at the present time.

Proposed Facilities

(ii)   The Planning Committee for the Darwin Community College held its first meeting on 30th September 1969 and has met regularly since that date. The Government has accepted the recommendations in the Committee's first report which was concerned with the capital facilities required and - in July this year I announced that the Community College, to cost in the vicinity of $4.5m, would be constructed on a 50 acre site. Preliminary design work has already commenced and it is hoped to submit a proposal to the Parliamentary Committee on Public Works in the near future. The aim is for the College to begin operating in its own buildings in 1974.

The Planning Committee is continuing its work and hopes to give me its second report in the near future. This report will be concerned with the government, organisation and staffing of the College.

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