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Wednesday, 16 August 1972
Page: 143

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

(1)   What are the necessary requirements for a Study Grant to be given to an aboriginal or a person of aboriginal ancestry.

(2)   Prior to the Commonwealth making available Aboriginal Study Grants was the State of Victoria making such grants to a value of $1,352 per annum per aboriginal student studying at High School for a Leaving Certificate.

(3)   What is the value of a Study Grant to an Asian or African student studying in Australia under the Colombo Plan.

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

(1)   Study Grants are available to any person of aboriginal descent who gains admission to his proposed course and is considered by the authorities conducting the course to be likely to benefit from it.

(2)   My information is that a grant carrying these benefits was made by the Victorian State authorities to one student only. It cannot be said that a formal scheme was in operation.

(3)   The principal benefits payable to Asian and African students studying at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in Australia with Colombo Plan, and similar aid scheme awards, comprise -

(i)   all compulsory fees;

(ii)   a living allowace of $1,910 per annum for an undergraduate, and $2,455 per annum for a postgraduate student;

(iii)   an establishment allowance of $85 and a clothing allowance of $124, paid on arrival in Australia;

(iv)   the payment of expenses on items such as textbooks, essential medical costs and university college residence, where these costs exceed the following stated amounts:

Textbooks and equipment- $121 per annum

Essential medical and optical expenses - $35 per annum

Residence charges in a university college - $18.50 per week for undergraduates, and $24.50 for a postgraduate student.

(v)   the payment of travel allowance to meet additional accommodation costs where a student's training involves journeys within Australia, and

(vi)   Economy class air fares to' and from Australia at the commencement and on the completion of training, and return economy air fares after 3 years study in Australia to enable students to travel home for the long vacation.

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