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Tuesday, 10 October 1972
Page: 2339

Mr Kennedy asked the Minister for Education and Science, upon notice:

(1)   What was the average cost of educating a pupil in (a) primary and (b) secondary grades in (i) Government, (ii) Roman Catholic and (iii) other private schools in (a) each State and Territory and (b) the Commonwealth in 1971, and what is the estimated cost for 1972.

(2)   Will he itemise the (a) kinds and (b) levels of expenditure on which he bases his estimates for the costs of educating a pupil in 1971in Government (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools in (a) each State and Territory and (b) the Commonwealth.

(3)   What (a) was the actual amount paid in 1971 and (b) is the estimated amount to be paid in 1972 by (i) each State Government and (ii) the Commonwealth towards the cost of educating a pupil in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in (I) the Roman Catholic education system and (II) the nonCatholic private sector and what proportion of these costs was met from the combined State and Commonwealth grant.

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

(1)   and (2) Information for independent schools is not available in the form requested. My Department has however made estimates from time to time of the recurrent costs per pupil in government schools throughout Australia from information available to it. In his statement of 11 May 1972 on new educational programmes, the Prime Minister referred to calculations which were based on estimated per capita expenditure in government primary schools of $313 and in government secondary schools of $525. As indicated then, those estimates were approximate only. Since the Prime Minister's statement on 11th May, consultations have taken place with the States and work is proceeding on calculating an average national cost per pupil in government schools. When the figures have been compiled I will announce them and Indicate the basis on which they have been calculated.

(3)   A table is attached showing the rates of per capita grants for independent schools by the Commonwealth and the States for 1971 and 1972. See also answer to parts (1) and (2).


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