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Wednesday, 30 August 1972
Page: 533

Senator MULVIHILL - 1 direct a further question to the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration. What positive action emerged from the recent conference of State and private education directors which discussed the possibility of European and other overseas teachers being co-opted to assist Australian teachers in instructing some migrant children in inner capital city suburbs?

Senator GREENWOOD - The honourable senator is aware, of course, that teaching qualifications from a number of other countries, including Britain and the United States of America, already are accepted in Australia. I assume that his question refers to the national seminar on the evaluation of overseas qualifications which was arranged by the Committee on Overseas Professional Qualifications and which was held in Canberra about the middle of July this year. A number of persons came together at that seminar and all approached the evaluation of teaching qualifications on a national basis. I might mention some of the persons or organisations in attendance. There were representatives of State Education Departments, the Commonwealth Department of Education and Science, the Catholic Education Offices of Melbourne and Sydney, the Commonwealth Teaching Service, teacher registration authorities in Queensland, Tasmania and Victoria, the National Council of Independent Schools and, of course, the Department of Immigration. As a result of the evaluations made during the seminar it is being recommended to the various assessing and employing authorities that selected qualifications from the following countries could be regarded as acceptable in Australia: Chile, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, the Philippines, Sweden and Yugoslavia.

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