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Thursday, 31 May 1973
Page: 3038

Mr Mathews asked the Minister for Educa tion, upon notice:

What progress has been made towards the preparation of statistics for (a) government, (b) Catholic and (c) other non-government schools in each State and Territory, as are given for universities, on the amount and percentage of their revenues received from (i) Commonwealth sources, (ii) State sources, (iii) endowments and benefactors and (iv) student fees since his predecessor's answer to the then Leader of the Opposition on 7 March , 1972 (Hansard, page 673).

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

Statistics of education expenditure are published by the Commonwealth Statistician in the publication Expenditure on Education: 1971-72', Reference No. 5.44. These statistics show details of both expenditures and outlays by the Australian Government, State and private sectors. Tables 1 and 2 of the publication show details of Australian Government outlays on education. Currently the publication has only limited details concerning expenditures by level of education. However, the Commonwealth Statistician is working towards the elaboration of a finer functional classification of education ependitures, more or less along the lines of the classification used in Table 7. Development of more detailed statistics of private sector expenditure on education is also in progress, but it is still at a preliminary stage. These developments, which are being made within the Australian national accounting framework, will provide increased details concerning the source and disbursement of funds for education and in particular for primary and secondary education. However, it is not envisaged that these developments would include the presentation of separate details of government, Catholic and other non-government schools.

Separate details of the Australian Government grants component of Catholic and other nongovernment schools expenditures are available, as indicated in my predecessor's reply of 7 March 1972.

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