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Monday, 26 November 1973
Page: 3862

Mr Lynch asked the Minister for Education, upon notice:

What action has the Government taken, in consultation with the States and the appropriate professional bodies, to achieve Australia-wide recognition of certificates, diplomas, degrees and similar qualifications.

Mr Lionel Bowen (KINGSFORD-SMITH, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

To assist in achieving national recognition of awards in the field of advanced education, the Government has continued to support the work of the Australian Council on Awards in Advanced Education which was established under the previous Government. The Council, which is a national body jointly responsible to the six State Ministers for Education and the Commonwealth Minister, was set up to seek to promote consistency in the nomenclature used for awards in advanced education and in the relationship between levels of courses and their associated awards.

The Council considers courses and associated awards submitted to it by State and A.C.T. accrediting authorities and registers those which meet its requirements.

I understand that the Council has maintained liaison with professional bodies in the course of its activities.

The Australian Committee on Technical and Further Education was established in April 1973 and will be reporting to the Government in the first half of 1974. I am informed that it is examining the equivalence of State certificates and similar qualifications.

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