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Thursday, 28 August 1980
Page: 911


Mr FIFE (Farrer) (Minister for Education) - I move:

That the Bill be now read a second time.

Honourable members will recall that I tabled the report of the Tertiary Education Commission for 1981 in the Parliament on 21 August, this report being in response to the Government's guidelines of 22 May 1980. The Government has accepted the Commission's financial recommendations for the calendar year 1981 in relation to universities, colleges of advanced education and technical and further education institutions.

The Government's guidelines to the Tertiary Education Commission for 1981 provided in total $82.7m for the capital and equipment programs of universities and colleges of advanced education, $6 1.8m for TAFE recurrent funds and $9 1.5m for TAFE capital funding as well as $0.4m for tertiary evaluative studies, all amounts then being in December 1979 prices. The equipment funds approved for universities, totalling $34.5m, represent an increase of $0.2m over the 1980 grant. For colleges of advanced education, the $ 16.7m approved for expenditure on equipment is an increase of $0.3m on the 1980 grant. In the capital programs, where forward commitments will decline in 1981, the Government has approved the commencement of a number of new building projects for 1981 for both universities and colleges of advanced education, details of which are set out in the Commission's report.

This Bill amends the States Grants (Tertiary Education Assistance) Act 1978 and implements the Government's decisions on the financial recommendations in the report for the States and the Northern Territory. The Bill provides grants for capital projects for universities, colleges of advanced education and technical and further education for 1981 and grants for expenditure on equipment by universities and colleges of advanced education for the same year. The Bill also provides the 1981 program of recurrent grants for technical and further education. Funds available for TAFE in 1 981 include an increased allocation of $45m for general operating costs and an amount of $ 16.8m for specific purpose recurrent programs.

The Bill extends by one year the existing program of grants for special projects relating to the training of technical and further education teachers. The Government considers that the projects are making a valuable contribution to improving the educational skills of TAFE teachers and has approved the availability of this type of financial assistance to the States and the Northern Territory for the final year of the triennium, 1979-81. The Bill also provides that an amount of $54,000 be set aside from the 1981 recurrent grants for technical and further education for a pilot program of staff training for senior TAFE educational executives. Funding for this program will be made available from the allocations to the States and the Northern Territory for the established system of grants for TAFE staff training.

In accordance with established cost supplementation procedures, the Bill makes appropriate adjustments. to the grants provided by the principal Act. Supplementary grants provided by the Bill total $61. 1m. In respect of recurrent grants for universities and colleges of advanced education, which are provided on a fixed triennial basis, it is necessary to provide supplementary funding in this Bill to allow for movements in costs since the grants were last adjusted in the 1 980 autumn sittings.

The amounts shown in the Bill for grants for capital projects in 1 98 1 are expressed in May 1 980 cost levels. Equipment grants for 1981 are expressed in March quarter 1980 cost levels. The recurrent grants for TAFE for 1981 are shown in August 1980 cost levels for salaries and March quarter 1980 cost levels for the non-salary component of the grants. This Bill also provides the final cost adjustments for the 1980 program of capital grants for all sectors. I commend this Bill to the House.

Debate (on motion by Mr Willis) adjourned.







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