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Tuesday, 12 September 1972
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Mr Kennedy asked the Minister for Education and Science, upon notice:

On what increase in numbers and percentages at (a) primary and (b) secondary level in (i) Catholic schools and (ii) other private schools in (A) each State and Territory and (B) the Commonwealth between 1971 and 197S were the statements of their financial needs, as set out in the summarised survey that he tabled on 5th October 1971, based.

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

The tables below show the enrolment projections made by those independent schools whose completed questionnaires were received in time to be incorporated in the report of the Nation-Wide Survey of Educational Needs - Information Furnished by Non-government Schools tabled on 5th October 1971. Table 11 which relates to nonCatholic independent schools excludes figures for the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory since (i) Non-Catholic independent schools in the Northern Territory were not included in the Survey as they, receive special assistance from the Commonwealth for Aboriginal education, (ii) There are only 2 non-Catholic independent schools in the Australian Capital Territory and publication of data for such a small number would breach the Commonwealth's undertaking that data concerning individual schools taking part in the Survey would not be made public.



School Building Design (Question No. 5848)

Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for

Education and Science, upon notice:

What has been the nature and result of the consultations between the Commonwealth and the States on matters such as school building design (Hansard. 5th October 1971, page 1855).

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

I suggested in my statement of 5th October last year that it would be of benefit if closer consultation could take place between the States and the Commonwealth on matters such as building design. Since that time, the possible establishment of a centralised building research group to facilitate the exchange of building design information has been discussed by the State Ministers for Education and myself, and also by the State Directors-General of Education and the head of my Department. Arrangements are already in effect whereby the Educational Facilities Research Laboratory within the Victorian Education Department is acting as a clearing house for relevant materials, and officers have been appointed by each State and the Commonwealth for the receipt and despatch of this material. There have also been interstate visits by State and Commonwealth officers immediately concerned with building design matters to exchange information. I expect that these arrangements will be reviewed at the conference of Directors-General of Education this month.

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