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Friday, 23 May 1980
Page: 2854

Senator Button asked the Minister representing the Minister for Education, upon notice, on 1 April 1980:

(1   ) Who determines which courses should be included in the list of approved courses for which the Tertiary Education Assistance Scheme (TEAS ) allowance is granted.

(2)   What criteria are used in making the decision whether to include or exclude a particular course.

(3)   Are students studying at the Bible College of South Australia eligible for the TEAS allowance; if not, why not.

(4)   Are students of other theological colleges eligible for the TEAS allowance.

Senator Carrick - The Minister for Education has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1   ) The Student Assistance Act (Section 10) provides that courses for which benefits are provided under the Tertiary Education Assistance Scheme require the approval of the Minister for Education.

(2)   Full-time bachelor, diploma, certificate and like courses at universities, colleges of advanced education and TAFE institutions are normally approved as a matter of course, unless the courses (a) are conducted on behalf of some other organisation; (b) are in the nature of hobby courses; and (c) consist wholly or substantially of studies in religion. A limited number of courses are also approved at non-government post-secondary institutions. The main requirement for these courses is that they have been accepted for Commonwealth funding assistance.

(3)   No. Commonwealth financial assistance is not provided for courses in religion at theological colleges.

(4)   No, for the same reason as (3).

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