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Tuesday, 11 April 1972
Page: 1477

Mr Hayden (OXLEY, QUEENSLAND) asked the Minister for Education and Science, upon notice -

(1)   What was the amount of recurrent expenditure by (a) State schools, (b) private Catholic schools and (c) private non-Catholic schools for each State in each of the last 10 years.

(2)   What were the amounts provided from (a) Commonwealth, (b) State and (c) other sources, indicating those sources in each case.

(3)   What were the total numbers enrolled at each category of school for each year.

Mr Malcolm Fraser (WANNON, VICTORIA) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows -

(1)   (a) Recurrent expenditure by State governments on primary and secondary schools is shown in the following table. This information has been taken from 'Public Authority Finance, State Governments: Social Services', published by the Commonwealth Bureau of Census and Statistics. The amounts shown comprise direct recurrent expenditure on primary and secondary schools, transportation of school children, and, administration. They include State government recurrent grants to non-government schools: the exact amounts involved are not available. They do not include Commonwealth direct recurrent funds provided under the Child Migrant Education Programme which commenced in April 1970; funds provided for government schools to 30 June 1970 totalled $109,000.


(1)   (b) and (c) Details of recurrent expenditure by Catholic and other non-government schools are not available.

(2)   (a) Direct Commonwealth assistance to schools in the States in 1970 was available for recurrent costs of non-government schools through per capita grants, and for the special teaching of non-English speaking migrant children in both government and non-government schools. There was no such assistance prior to 1970.

In considering the expenditure under these programmes it must be remembered that through the genera] financial assistance arrangements the Com monwealth Government provides something like half of State resources for recurrent expenditure on schools.

Details of the amounts provided to nongovernment schools under the per capita grants program are not readily available by type of school. However by applying the amount of per capita payments payable in 1970 and 1971 of $35 per primary and $50 per secondary pupil to the enrolment statistics, a very close approximation can be obtained. This has been done in compiling the information contained in the following table.


(2)   (b) Complete information of State recurrent expenditure on non-government schools is not available. However, some details are contained in the annual reports of State Ministers for Education and in State Government Budget papers.

(c)   Details of any expenditure from other sources are not available.

(3)   The information requested is shown in the following table.



Education: Expenditure (Question No. 5241)

Mr Kennedy asked the Minister for

Education and Science, upon notice:

When may I expect answers to questions Nos. 4848 and 4969 which I placed on the Notice Paper on 1 December 1971 and 22 February 1972, respectively.

Mr Malcolm Fraser (WANNON, VICTORIA) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

Question No. 4848

In my interim reply to this question (Hansard 9 and 10 December, 1971 p 4605) I indicated that the information requested would not be available until the end of February 1972. It has been necessary to await the production of computerproduced statistics and these were received in my Department early in March. The statistics are now being processed and a full reply to this question will be available shortly.

Question No. 4969

Material is now being processed by my Department and I expect to be able to supply an answer at an early date.

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