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$33 million for higher education in the Northern Territory in 1995

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A - Warren SnowdonParliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Employment. Education and Training17/12/92$33 MILLION FOR HIGHER EDUCATION IN THE NORTHERN TERRITORY IN 1995Higher education institutions in the Northern Territory will receive $33 million in Commonwealth Government operating grants to fund an additional 130 student places in 1995. This will bring the total number of funded places created in the Northern Territory over the 1993-95 triennium to 420. .The Hon.Warren Snowdon, M.P., Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Employment Education and Training, today announced details of the Northern Territory's higher education funding allocations, including the Government's new Open Learning program which will provide access to university for thousands of additional students in the coming years.The funding for the Northern Territory forms part of a total package of $4.8 billion which the Commonwealth Government is providing to Australian universities for 1995. This amount represents an increase of $557 million in real terms over the funds provided for 1992.Included in the package is $76 million which will be available from 1994 to universities to recognise effective quality assurance practices and $51 million over three years for the Government's Open Learning Initiative.Under capital funding arrangements for Australian universities, institutions in the Northern Territory will benefit from $4 million in 1994 and $1.8 million in 1995, channelled through the annual operating grants.The Government's decision to dispense with the requirement for universities to submit detailed capital proposals (for renovations and new buildings & facilities) gives universities flexibility to allocate funds to projects they regard as top priority."This is a major reform which will enhance institutional autonomy and place the responsibility for resource management decisions more fully in the hands of universities." Mr Snowdon said.In announcing details of the funding, Mr Snowdon said that the allocations showed the Government's commitment to expanding higher education opportunities, especially in areas of significant demographic growth where high demand for places exists."As a result, higher education participation in the Territory is planned to increase rapidly over the triennium - more rapidly in fact than in any other State or Territory," Mr Snowdon said.Both the Northern Territory University and Batchelor College will receive funds for an expansion of higher education in the Territory. The College will receive, additional funds as the Commonwealth takes over funding responsibility from the Territory from 1995. Ei


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"The Northern Territory University will also receive $4 million in 1994 and $2 million in 1995 from the Commonwealth to assist in relocating the Myilly Point campus to Casuarina," Mr Snowdon said.

Mr Snowdon said that the initiatives and funding announced today reflect the Government's continuing commitment to quality, diversity and broadening of access.

"Funding and development for the new triennium build upon the Government's recognised achievements of growth and equity in participation," he said.

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