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Thursday, 29 October 1970

Mr Reynolds asked the Minister for Education and Science upon notice:

(1)   What was the (a) total amount and (b) amount per head of secondary students enrolled, allocated to (i) government, (ii) Catholic and (iti) other private schools under the (A) States Grants (Science Laboratories) Act and (B) States Grants (Secondary Schools Libraries) Act in each year since the inception of each scheme.

(2)   What were the reasons for any marked changes in the allocations.

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


(1)   (a) The total amounts allocated in each year since the inception of the scheme were:

(1)   Cb) The amounts per head of secondary students * enrolled were:




(2)   In the early years of the scheme the annual grant to non-government schools was $2,668,000 out of a total grant of $/Om

In the light of experience at the scheme and the fact that $10m was also available each year for technical training in State Education Departments the Government decided to double the amount payable to non-government schools to $5,336,000 per annum. This operated from the first of July 1967.

Details of the proposed changes were given in a second reading speech to the Mouse of Representatives by the Hon. A. S. Fordes on Thursday 23rd February 1967.


(I)   (a) The The total amounts allocated in each year since the inception of the scheme were:


(1)   (b) The amounts per head of secondary students "enrolled in 1969 were:


(2)   There have been no changes in allocations. The slight differences in allocations per head as between pupils in government and non-government schools reflect the fact that funds under both programmes are distributed according to enrolment figures available at the beginning of a triennium and secondary school enrolments are increasing more rapidly in government schools than in nongovernment schools.

* Enrolment figures were taken from the Commonwealth Bureau of Census and Statistics publication 'Schools', 1964-69.

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