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Universities - the States' payroll tax take revealed.



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MEDIA RELEASE

UNIVERSITIES - THE STATES’ PAYROLL TAX TAKE REVEALED

(Embargoed until 1 AM Friday October 11, 2002) 11 October, 2002 MIN 198/02

An analysis by the Commonwealth Department of Education, Science and Training has revealed that the States and Territories are collectively removing more than $291 million from Australia’s universities in payroll tax.

At the same time they are supporting universities with state grants worth only $175 million - effectively stripping universities of $116 million each year.

The States and Territories regularly call on the Commonwealth to increase its $6.4 billion in funding for Australia’s universities.

The credibility of these demands would be enhanced if the States and Territories were themselves not taking money from the sector.

The State Governments of Western Australia and Tasmania are to be congratulated for doing the right thing - they are alone in being net supporters of their universities.

New South Wales is the worst offender. NSW Education Minister John Watkins removes a net $83 million each year from that state’s ten universities.

Victoria removes a net $25 million each year from its universities.

Queensland removes a net $14.5 million and South Australia $2.3 million.

Regional universities are forced to contribute nationally more than $62 million to state coffers.

This issue will be a significant item for discussion at my meeting today with State and Territory Education Ministers in Ballarat, Victoria - which will focus especially on the needs of regional universities.

Please see State and Territory Tables

For further information:

Dr Nelson’s Office Ross Hampton 0419 484095

 

YEAR 2001

NSW Payroll Tax Levied

CSU 6,024,000

Macquarie 6,195,000

SCU 2,930,000

UNE 4,483,000

UNSW 20,939,000

Newcastle 8,404,000

Sydney 23,860,000

UTS 8,972,000

UWS 9,669,000

Wollongong 5,814,000

   

TOTAL 97,290,000

STATE GRANTS 14,178,000

TOTAL REMOVED -$83,112,000

   

VICTORIA Payroll Tax Levied

Deakin 7,376,000

LaTrobe 8,312,000

Monash 18,506,000

RMIT 9,316,000

Swinburne 3,315,000

Ballarat 1,467,000

Melbourne 19,387,000

VUT 3,920,000

   

TOTAL 71,599,000

STATE GRANTS 46,172,000

TOTAL REMOVED -$25,427,000

   

QUEENSLAND Payroll Tax

Removed

CQU 3,075,000

Griffith 7,818,000

JCU 4,067,000

QUT 8,806,000

UQ 15,202,000

USQ 3,039,000

USC 697,000

   

TOTAL 42,704,000

STATE GRANTS 28,235,000

TOTAL REMOVED -$14,469,000

   

WESTERN AUSTRALIA Payroll Tax

Levied

Curtin 9,936,000

ECU 5,453,000

Murdoch 4,291,000

Notre Dame 379,000

UWA 10,004,000

   

TOTAL 30,063,000

STATE GRANTS 54,727,000

TOTAL $24,664,000

   

SOUTH AUSTRALIA Payroll Tax

Levied

Flinders 5,662,000

Adelaide 7,586,000

UniSA 7,468,000

   

TOTAL 20,716,000

STATE GRANTS 18,449,000

TOTAL REMOVED -$2,267,000

   

TASMANIA Payroll Tax

Levied

UTas 5,886,000

   

TOTAL 5,886,000

STATE GRANTS 6,927,000

TOTAL $1,041,000

NORTHERN TERRITORY Payroll Tax Levied

NTU 1,562,000

Batchelor 440,000

   

TOTAL 2,002,000

STATE GRANTS 500,000

TOTAL REMOVED -$1,502,000

   

ACT Payroll Tax Levied

ANU 13,761,000

Canberra 4,386,000

   

TOTAL 18,147,000

STATE GRANTS TOTAL 1,389,000

TOTAL REMOVED -$16,758,000

 

 

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