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Monday, 26 November 1973
Page: 3863

Mr Bourchier asked the Minister for Education, upon notice:

In view of the proposed free fees at universities in 1974, will the teacher studentship allowances be (a) increased or (b) decreased.

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

I have assumed that the honourable member's question refers to allowances paid by various authorities to students who are undertaking courses of training in order to become teachers. The living allowances of students training for the Commonwealth Teaching Service will be raised to $850 per annum (living with parents rate) and $1,400 per annum (living away from parents rate) from the beginning of 1974. The decision to increase the rate was based on cost of living factors, and is not connected with the Australian Government's arrangements to abolish fees in tertiary institutions from 1974. These higher rates will also apply to the Government's new scheme of tertiary allowances for students in universities, colleges of advanced education, technical colleges and similar institutions.

It is a matter for the other authorities concerned to determine whether any changes will be made in allowances paid to student teacher trainees in 1974. As with the Commonwealth Teaching Service trainee allowances, the factors most likely to result in increased allowances are related to cost of living. I am not in a position to provide an answer on behalf of other authorities concerned, such as State Education Departments.

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