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Monday, 26 November 1973
Page: 3864

Mr Malcolm Fraser asked the Minister for Education, upon notice:

(1)   With respect to the funds being provided to schools for running costs, but not including the cost of capital programs, school programs, libraries or any other building programs, (a) what sum will be provided to non-government schools, under the Karmel Committee's recommendations, in 1974, (b) what sum will go to each category of schools, (c) how much of this money will go to

(2)   How much have the running costs of education in government schools increased for 1974 when using the formula used by the Government in 1972 to work out the per capita payments for 1973.

(3)   What are the actual costs for 1974.

(4)   What was the total per capita payment for running costs to non-government schools in 1973, and how much of that payment went to (a) Catholic and

(5)   With respect to the States Grants (Schools) Act 1972, (a) what would be the payment for running costs under the Act if it were applied in 1974, (b) how much would the payments to independent schools have been increased through inflation, (c). what would be the total payments to those schools and how would those payments be divided between (i) Catholic and (ii) non-Catholic schools and (d) what would be the per capita payment for (i) secondary and (ii) primary schools.

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

(1)   The figures requested are:


There are a small group of appeals by nonsystemic schools which have yet to be finalised; in addition some schools, which were only established in 1973 or which submitted late returns, have yet to be categorised.

Other Recurrent Grants

Catholic systemic schools will be eligible to receive approximately $1.2m in 1974 for recurrent assistance to disadvantaged schools. Non-government schools for the handicapped will be eligible to receive assistance from the $1.75m available to State governments in 1974 to assume responsibility for, or make increased subsidies to, non-government schools of this type. (2), (3) and (5) Figures for the estimated running costs of government schools in 1973-74, as required for the application of the 1972 formula, are not yet available. My Department is working with the State Departments of Education in the preparation of the necessary source material to determine the agreed national average cost of running government schools. If the estimated cost of running government schools in 1973-74 were 10 per cent higher than in the preceding financial year, the application of the formula under Part III of the States Grants (Schools) Act 1972 would produce:

(a)   Cost per pupil (government schools) - Primary, $341; Secondary $572.

(b)   Per capita grant - Primary, $68; Secondary $114.

(c)   Total Costs 1974 (Six States)-


(4)   Final figures for 1973 are not yet available. Estimated payments for the six States are:


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