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Thursday, 21 February 1980
Page: 312


Dr Blewett (BONYTHON, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs, upon notice, on 20 September 1979:

(   1 ) How many overseas students have taken up places in Australian tertiary institutions in the last 1 0 years.

(2)   How many of these students have (a) applied for and (b) been granted permanent resident status during the same years.

(3)   How many of these students have been (a) private students and (b) financially supported by their governments or by assistance schemes or scholarships during the same period.

(4)   What schemes is the Australian Government currently involved in which offer assistance to overseas students studying in Australia.

(5)   Does this assistance include the cost of travel between the student's country and Australia.


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

(1)   The numbers of places in Australian tertiary institutions, occupied by overseas students, in the last 10 years were:

 

In addition, under the Australian European Awards Program, administered by the Commonwealth Department of Education, 87 post graduate students have been admitted from European countries since the Program's inception in 1974.

(2)   Statistics are not available to show how many of the student applicants seeking and obtaining resident status attended tertiary institutions.

However, the total numbers of overseas students and trainees who obtained resident status in the last ten years are set out in the following table:

 

(3)   Separate statistics are not maintained for the grant of resident status to students who were (a) private students or (b) financially supported by their Governments or by assistance schemes or scholarships. The latter group, however, would be a very small proportion of the total numbers given in (2) above.

(4)   Current schemes involving Australian Government financial assistance to overseas students to study in Australia are:

(i)   Colombo Plan

(ii)   Special Commonwealth African Assistance Plan

(iii)   South Pacific Aid Program

(iv)   Australian International Awards Scheme

(v)   Australia- Papua New Guinea Education and Training Scheme

(vi)   Australian-Asian Universities Co-operation Scheme

(vii)   Commonwealth Co-operation in Education Scheme

(viii)   Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan

(ix)   Asian-Australian Economic Co-operation Programme

(x)   SEA Ministers of Education Organisation

(xi)   Australian European Awards Program

(5)   Yes.







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