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Wednesday, 16 August 1972
Page: 142

Senator CAVANAGH asked the Minister representing the Minister for Education and Science, upon notice:

(1)   When were Commonwealth Aboriginal Study Grants introduced.

(2)   What has been the annual value of such grants to each recipient and the total annual value for each year since inception.

(3)   What will be the value to each recipient and the total value for the present year.

(4)   Is there a different value in the grant to an Aboriginal student attending a High School to qualify for a Leaving Certificate, when compared with a student attending a College of Advanced Education or a University.

Senator WRIGHT The Minister for Education and Science has provided the following reply to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   The first Study Grants were made at the beginning of 1969.

(2)   (a) The benefits paid to Study Grant holders in 1969-71 comprised compulsory fees and, in addition, the following allowances - for full-time students

(i)   a living allowance at the rate of $1,100 a year:

(ii)   dependants' allowances - $7 a week for a dependent wife and $2.50 a week for each dependent child;

(iii)   a textbook and equipment allowance of up to $100 a year; and

(iv)   an establishment allowance, paid when a student first receives a Grant. Students who must live away from home received $75, with a further $25 for a dependent wife and $20 for each dependent child. Students who did not need to change their place of residence received $30. (These rates date from the beginning of 1971.) Full-time students who had to live away from home to take their course also qualified for certain travel costs, for themselves and their families between their home and the centre in which their place of study was situated. For part-time and correspondence students, an allowance of up to $100 a year was payable towards the cost of textbooks and equipment and other expenses connected with their course. For correspondence students, the cost of travel and accommodation associated with residential schools arranged as part of their course was also paid as part of the Grant.

There was also provision for the payment of additional assistance to any Study Grant holder, in appropriate circumstances.

(b)   The total expenditure on Study, Grant benefits each year has been:

1969- $117,065



(3)   (a) The benefits available to holders of Study Grants in 1972 are the same as those for earlier years except that dependents' allowances have been set at $8 per week for a dependent wife and $4.50 per week for each dependent child since the beginning of 1972.

(b)   The estimated total expenditure on benefits in 1972 is $520,000.

(4)   There is provision for the payment of Study Grant benefits to students aged 21 and over who are taking secondary courses leading to a Leaving Certificate or matriculation level examination. These students receive the same benefits as all other Study Grant holders. School pupils aged between 14 and 21 years receive assistance under a different scheme, the Aboriginal Secondary Grants Scheme, for which different rates of benefits are payable.

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