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Thursday, 28 September 1972
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Dr Klugman asked the Treasurer, upon notice:

(1)   Does the Bureau of Census and Statistics have an estimate of the amount spent by individuals on education.

(2)   If so, what are the latest figures available.

Mr McMahon - The Commonwealth Statistician has supplied the following information in reply to the honourable member's question:

The latest estimates of personal consumption expenditure on education services are published in 'Australian National Accounts, National Income and Expenditure, 1970-71'. The following table sets out these estimates for the 10 year period up to 1970-71.


The item 'education services' consists of fees paid to government schools, chiefly technical and agricultural colleges, fees and gifts to universities, and schooling fees (other than boarding fees) paid to private (non-government) schools, business colleges, etc. It does not include any estimates for other personal consumption expenditure relating to education, such as that on books, stationery, uniforms, fares, or equipment provided by parent's organisations. These are included in other categories of personal consumption expenditure (such as newspapers, books, clothing, etc.). Personal consumption expenditure on education services .s financed out of personal income which includes cash benefits from public authorities.

Private gross fixed capital expenditure in the field of education, estimated at $46m in 1970-71, would be predominantly expenditure by institutions rather than individuals.

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