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Friday, 23 May 1980
Page: 2872


Senator Colston asked the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs, upon notice, on 19 February 1980:

(   1 ) How many teachers were admitted to Australia on a temporary basis in each year from 1 972-73 to 1 978-79.

(2)   How many of these teachers were granted permanent residence in Australia.

(3)   How many overseas teachers living in Australia on a temporary basis are now employed in each State and Territory.

(4)   How many overseas teachers living in Australia on a temporary basis are holding positions which could be filled by Australian teachers.


Senator Dame Margaret Guilfoyle - The Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   (a) Statistics are unavailable on the number of teachers admitted to Australia on a temporary basis for the year 1972-73.

(b)   Teachers (excluding lecturers for tertiary institutions) admitted on a temporary basis in each year from 1973-74 to 1978-79 were:

 

These teachers were admitted on sponsorship after consultation with other Government departments. Some were approved for entry under exchange program provisions, others to satisfy a demand which could not be met by suitably trained teachers in Australia.

(2)   Statistics are unavailable on the number of teachers admitted to Australia on a temporary basis who were granted permanent residence in Australia between 1972 and 1975.

Between July 1975 and June 1979, 798 teachers (excluding lecturers for tertiary institutions) admitted on a temporary basis were granted permanent residence. The Department of Immigration and Ethnic Affairs has no record of how many of these were admitted prior to 1972. Change of status was granted upon application to those teachers who could satisfy the normal migration requirements then in operation.

(3)   and (4) The Commonwealth Teaching Service, with responsibilities for both the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory, does not hold information which would enable these questions to be answered.

It is not known whether it is the practice of teacher employing authorities in the States to keep records of this kind.

The honourable senator may wish to arrange for an approach to be made to State Education Authorities to ascertain whether the information sought can be provided from those sources.







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