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Tuesday, 12 September 1972
Page: 1245

Mr Kennedy asked the Minister for Repatriation; upon notice:

(1)   How many women were in receipt of war widows pensions in (a) each State and Territory and (b) the Commonwealth as at 30th June 1971.

(2)   What numbers and percentages of these (a) applied for training, (b) were accepted for training, (c) were rejected for training,(d) commenced training, (e) completed training and (0 were placed in employment (i) with and (ii) without training during 1971 under the war widows' training scheme.

(3)   In what year was the scheme introduced.

(4)   How many widows (a) applied for, (b) were accepted for, (c) were rejected for and (d) completed training in (i) each and (ii) all years since it started.

(5)   What are the various types of benefits and assistance which are available to widows who are accepted for retraining.

(6)   What sum was (a) allocated and (b) spent in (i) 1970-71 and (ii) 1971-72 in respect of (A) each and of all the types of benefits and assistance and (B) other costs of the scheme.

(7)   What was the (a) average age of widows accepted for training in 1970-71 and (b) the number of children dependent on each widow.

(8)   What number and percentage of widows accepted in 1970-71 for retraining in (a) each State and Territory and (b) the Commonwealth received each type of benefit and assistance referred to in part (5).

(9)   What were the (a) types and duration of courses of training undertaken, (b) the number and percentage of widows undertakingthe courses and (c) the types of institutions at which training was undertaken in 1970-71.

Mr Holten - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:



(3)   1953.

(4)   Figures are not available on an annual basis before 1958 and this is reflected in the following table.

(5)   Benefits available are-

(i)   Payment of all compulsory fees.

(ii)   Allowances for books and stationery ranging from $20 per annum for part-time training to $53 per annum full-time training. Some full-time trainees may also receive up to $62 per annum for equipment.

(iii)   Reimbursement of the cost of public transport fares to and from the training institution.

(iv)   A training allowance of ยง8 . 50 a week for war widows who are not in receipt of Domestic Allowance.

(v)   A gift of $20 for the purchase of tools and equipment and an amount of up to $80 as an interest-free loan when a trainee commences employment on completion of training.

(6)   Costs related to the War Widows' Training Scheme are the responsibility of the Department of Labour and National Service in respect of industrial training and the Department of Education and Science for tertiary studies. Finance for this Scheme and the Disabled Members' Training Scheme is appropriated under the one heading and expenditure is recorded on the same basis. It would be a difficult task to isolate and itemise the allocation and expenditure for each benefit or type of assistance. It is estimated that the cost of the War Widows' Training Scheme for the year 1970-71 was $10,934 and $20,928 in 1971-72 against allocations of approximately $11,000 and $21,000 respectively.

(7)   (a) 51 years.

(b)   of the 75 widows accepted for training during 1970-71, 31 were without dependent children, 26 had one child, 12 had two children and 6 had three children.

(8)   75 widows were accepted Tor training during 1970-71. Of these 5 withdrew before commencement of the course and fees were waived in three other cases. This is reflected in the following table -


(c)   Business Colleges; Secondary Schools; Technical Colleges; University; State Government Correspondence School.

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