Australian Government, 2006–07 Budget

Education, Science and Training

ABSTUDY — linking School Term Allowance to school attendance
Expense ($m)
2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10
Department of Education, Science and Training 1.2 -1.4 -0.9 -0.8

The Government will strengthen the arrangements for payment of the School Term Allowance for Indigenous students under the age of 16 by tightening the attendance requirements for payment eligibility to encourage improved school attendance. The new arrangements will apply from 1 January 2007.

The School Term Allowance for terms two, three and four will be paid in arrears and only where there is evidence of attendance on 85 per cent of school days. This initiative is expected to result in a net saving of $1.8 million over four years.

ABSTUDY and Pensioner Education Supplement — revision of rules for Vocational Education and Training certificate courses
Expense ($m)
2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10
Department of Education, Science and Training 0.8 -9.5 -9.7 -10.0
Department of Employment and Workplace Relations - 4.5 4.6 4.8
Total 0.8 -5.0 -5.1 -5.2

The Government will limit to four years, the time a student is eligible to receive ABSTUDY Living Allowance or Pensioner Education Supplement in relation to Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Certificate I and II courses. This initiative is expected to result in a net saving of $14.5 million over four years.

This measure will encourage Indigenous students to undertake Vocational Education and Training courses at higher AQF Certificate III and IV levels, to increase their chances of successful participation in the labour market.

The Government will provide additional funding of $13.9 million over three years from 2007-08 to the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations as people no longer eligible for ABSTUDY Living Allowance or Pensioner Education Supplement may seek alternate income support through programmes such as Newstart.

Assessment Subsidy for Overseas Trained Professionals — continuation
Expense ($m)
2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10
Department of Education, Science and Training - - - -

The Government will provide $3.4 million over four years to continue the Assessment Subsidy for Overseas Trained professionals programme. The programme provides grants to financially disadvantaged professionals, who have trained overseas, to meet the costs of having their qualifications recognised in Australia so they can work in their trained profession.

This measure involves funding of $0.8 million in 2006-07, $0.8 million in 2007-08, $0.9 million in 2008-09 and $0.9 million in 2009-10. Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

Australia-China Fund for Scientific and Technological Cooperation — increasing collaboration
Expense ($m)
2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10
Department of Education, Science and Training 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5

The Government will provide $6.0 million over four years to increase the level of collaboration in scientific and technological research between Australia and China.

This funding will be used to expand the Australia-China Special Fund for Scientific and Technological Cooperation. The Fund provides financial support, on a competitive basis, for Australian scientists to participate in international collaborative projects, including those that build productive alliances, enhance opportunities for Australian and Chinese products and expertise, and create opportunities for researchers in both countries.

Further information can be found in the press release of 24 April 2006 issued by the Minister for Education, Science and Training.

Australian National University — funding for capital works and the John Curtin School of Medical Research
Expense ($m)
2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10
Department of Education, Science and Training - - - -

The Government will provide a one-off grant of $125.0 million in 2005-06 to the Australian National University (ANU).

Of the funding provided, $75.0 million is for general capital works within the ANU and $50.0 million is for capital works at the John Curtin School of Medical Research.

The funding provided by the Australian Government will be in addition to $50.0 million contributed by the ANU from its own resources for capital works.

Basic Information Technology Enabling Skills for Older Workers Programme — discontinuation
Expense ($m)
2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10
Department of Education, Science and Training -5.8 -5.8 -5.8 -5.8

The Government will cease funding the Basic Information Technology Enabling Skills for Older Workers (BITES) Programme after 30 June 2006, resulting in savings of $23.0 million over four years.

BITES currently provides accredited training to mature age people in the labour force who are low income earners and have no post-school qualifications in IT. Similar assistance will remain available through programmes such as Employment Preparation (formerly Transition to Work) in the Employment and Workplace Relations portfolio.

Bond University — grant for Health Science and Medicine Building
Expense ($m)
2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10
Department of Education, Science and Training - - - -

The Government will provide a one-off grant of $4.5 million in 2005-06 to Bond University to help fund its Health Sciences and Medicine building.

Further information can be found in the press release of 21 April 2006 issued by the Prime Minister.

Capital Development Pool — additional funding to support learning and teaching
Expense ($m)
2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10
Department of Education, Science and Training 23.2 23.6 24.1 24.5

The Government will provide an additional $95.5 million over four years to higher education institutions for capital projects through the Capital Development Pool. This includes $1.2 million in departmental funding to establish an expert panel to assess submissions for funding.

The increased funding for the Capital Development Pool will contribute to infrastructure and equipment for learning and teaching in higher education institutions.

The Capital Development Pool already has funding of $215.0 million over four years included in the forward estimates.

Career Planning Programme — discontinuation
Expense ($m)
2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10
Department of Education, Science and Training - -2.0 -4.1 -4.2

The Government will cease funding for the Career Planning Programme after 31 December 2007, resulting in savings of $10.3 million over three years. Provision for funding of $5.6 million in 2006-07 and 2007‑08 has already been included in the forward estimates.

The Career Planning Programme currently provides career information and guidance to job seekers seeking to re-enter the labour market regarding their employment, education and training options. Similar assistance will remain available through programmes such as Centrelink's Career Information Centres and Transition to Work in the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (to become Employment Preparation under the Job Network from 1 July 2006).

COAG Health Services — increase in the number of full fee paying places for domestic medical students
Expense ($m)
2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10
Department of Education, Science and Training - .. .. ..
Related revenue ($m)
Department of Education, Science and Training 0.7 1.9 2.6 3.1
Related capital ($m)        
Department of Education, Science and Training - - - -

The Government has agreed that the current cap on full fee paying medical places for domestic students would be lifted from 10 per cent to 25 per cent of the total number of places a university provides for domestic students in that course of study, commencing on 1 January 2007.

Amounts loaned under the Higher Education Loans Programme (HELP) are treated as financial assets and therefore do not impact on the fiscal balance. Payments by students of the indexation and loan fee component of their HELP loan are treated as interest revenue. The additional public debt interest incurred by the Commonwealth in financing the loans is separately accounted for in the Budget papers.

This measure forms part of the Government's contribution to the COAG Health Services package, announced on 10 February 2006.

See the related expense measures COAG Health Services in the Health and Ageing, Family, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, and Education, Science and Training portfolios.

Further information can be found in the Council of Australian Governments' Meeting Communiqué.

COAG Health Services — increase to the FEE-HELP loan limit
Expense ($m)
2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10
Department of Education, Science and Training - .. .. ..
Related revenue ($m)
Department of Education, Science and Training 0.6 1.5 2.2 2.8
Related capital ($m)        
Department of Education, Science and Training - - - -

The Government announced in February 2006 that it would increase the FEE-HELP loan limit for medical students from $50,950 to $80,000, commencing on 1 January 2007. This increase was to apply to both commencing and continuing medical students who meet the other provisions for entitlement to FEE-HELP. The Government is announcing a further increase in the loan limit to $100,000 as part of this Budget. For further information see expense measure title FEE-HELP loan limit — increase.

Amounts loaned under the Higher Education Loans Programme (HELP) are treated as financial assets and therefore do not impact on the fiscal balance. Payments by students of the indexation component of their HELP loan is treated as interest revenue. The additional public debt interest incurred by the Commonwealth in financing the loans is separately accounted for in the Budget papers.

This measure forms part of the Government's contribution to the COAG Health Services package, announced on 10 February 2006.

See also the related expense measures COAG Health Services in the Health and Ageing, Family, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, and Education, Science and Training portfolios.

Further information can be found in the Council of Australian Governments' Meeting Communiqué.

COAG Health Workforce — increased funding for nurse clinical training
Expense ($m)
2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10
Department of Education, Science and Training 6.8 7.5 7.9 8.3

The Government will provide $30.6 million over four years to increase its current contribution for nurse clinical training. The Government's contribution will increase from $688 to $1,000 per full-time equivalent student per year (in 2006 prices) for all existing and new Government-funded higher education nursing units of study. The measure will enable universities and other approved higher education providers to expand and improve the clinical training for nurses, to help nurses be better prepared for work in hospitals and other settings.

This measure forms part of the Government's contribution to the COAG Health Workforce package, announced on 8 April 2006. Further information can be found in the press release issued by the Prime Minister.

COAG Health Workforce — more higher education nursing places
Expense ($m)
2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10
Department of Education, Science and Training 11.5 20.6 27.7 33.4
Related revenue ($m)
Department of Education, Science and Training - .. 0.2 0.4
Related capital ($m)        
Department of Education, Science and Training - - - -

The Government will provide $93.2 million over four years to provide 1,000 additional higher education nursing places each year. The new places will commence from 2007.

Amounts loaned under the Higher Education Loans Programme (HELP) for students taking up these places are treated as financial assets and therefore do not impact on the fiscal balance. Payments by students of the indexation component of their HELP loan is treated as interest revenue. These payments will impact on the fiscal balance from 2007-08. The additional public debt interest incurred by the Commonwealth in financing the loans is separately accounted for in the Budget papers.

This measure forms part of the Government's contribution to the COAG Health Workforce package, announced on 8 April 2006. Further information can be found in the press release issued by the Prime Minister.

COAG Health Workforce — more medical school places
Expense ($m)
2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10
Department of Education, Science and Training 3.7 11.2 19.0 27.1
Department of Health and Ageing 1.0 1.2 15.7 16.1
Total 4.7 12.4 34.7 43.2
Related revenue ($m)
Department of Education, Science and Training - .. 0.1 0.2
Related capital ($m)
Department of Education, Science and Training - - - -

The Government will provide $94.9 million over four years for 200 additional medical school places in 2007 increasing to 400 additional medical school places each year from 2008. A proportion of the new medical school places will be bonded to areas of workforce shortage.

Amounts loaned under the Higher Education Loans Programme (HELP) for students taking up these places are treated as financial assets and therefore do not impact on the fiscal balance. Payments by students of the indexation component of their HELP loan is treated as interest revenue. These payments will impact on the fiscal balance from 2007-08. The additional public debt interest incurred by the Commonwealth in financing the loans is separately accounted for in the Budget papers.

This measure forms part of the Government's contribution to the COAG Health Workforce package, announced on 8 April 2006. Further information can be found in the press release issued by the Prime Minister.

COAG Health Workforce — support for new medical schools
Expense ($m)
2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10
Department of Education, Science and Training - - - -

The Government will provide a one-off grant of $23.0 million in 2005-06 to help fund the establishment of a new medical school in western Victoria by Deakin University and to fund a new branch of Monash University's medical school in Gippsland, Victoria.

Funding will be provided to assist with the capital costs associated with the establishment of the new medical schools, with Deakin University receiving $18.0 million and Monash University $5.0 million.

Australian Government funding is subject to the Victorian Government providing matching funding.

This measure forms part of the Government's contribution to the COAG Health Workforce package, announced on 8 April 2006. Further information can be found in the press release issued by the Prime Minister.

COAG Skills — A new national approach to apprenticeships, training and skills recognition
Expense ($m)
2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10
Department of Education, Science and Training 18.3 18.1 13.1 4.1
Department of Employment and Workplace Relations 2.1 2.2 2.1 2.1
Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5
Total 20.9 20.7 15.6 6.7
Related capital ($m)
Department of Employment and Workplace Relations 0.4 - - -

The Government will provide funding of $64.3 million over four years (including $0.4 million in capital funding) to contribute to cooperative action with the States and Territories to implement a new national approach to apprenticeships, training and skills recognition agreed by the Council of Australian Governments on 10 February 2006.

The range of cooperative initiatives will be implemented, in consultation with key stakeholders, including employers, regulators and unions and aims to alleviate skill shortages currently evident in some parts of the Australian economy.

Specific initiatives include the establishment of mutually recognised occupational licensing across all State and Territory jurisdictions for all licensed vocationally trained occupations. Identifying and removing the inconsistencies and duplication between the training and licensing systems in States and Territories will enable people to move freely across regions and have their skills recognised without undergoing additional testing and registration processes.

The framework that recognises the existing skills of workers when they enter vocational education and training will also be enhanced. Funded on a bilateral basis with the States and Territories, this initiative will build the training system's capacity to deliver recognition of prior learning to allow people to attain qualifications more quickly by receiving credit for their existing skills.

Where there is industry demand, there will be groups of skills (skill clusters) recognised within Training Packages and a nationally portable Statement of Attainment will also be established. This will enable people to complete those units of training relevant to their working needs, where a full New Apprenticeship or trade qualification is not required.

The Australian Government will collaborate with the States and Territories on a programme to fund the development of integrated strategies and solutions to labour market needs in selected regions and industries of strategic importance to the Australian economy.

The Government will also provide funding to facilitate new data sharing and collection arrangements between governments about skills shortages, through expansion of the number of occupations surveyed and reported.

Trades Recognition Australia, the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations and the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs will work with key stakeholders to establish a single offshore assessment process to meet Australian migration, qualification recognition and occupational licencing requirements for intended migrants. The new integrated and streamlined process will allow skilled migrants to arrive in Australia 'job ready'.

Further information can be found in the Council of Australian Governments' Meeting Communiqué of 10 February 2006.

Community festivals for health promotion
Expense ($m)
2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10
Department of Education, Science and Training 4.0 4.0 3.9 4.1
Department of Health and Ageing -0.3 -0.3 -0.3 -0.3
Total 3.7 3.7 3.6 3.8

The Government will provide a total of $16.1 million over four years to sponsor community-based festivals for young people, such as the Croc Festivals for Indigenous and non-Indigenous young people in rural and remote areas, and the Rock Eisteddfods for high school students. This measure will promote healthy, positive lifestyles for young people to improve educational and employment outcomes and reduce crime.

Provision for funding of $1.3 million over four years, as a result of the Croc Festivals measure in the 2002-03 Budget, has already been included in the forward estimates.

See also the related expense measure Croc Festivals — additional funding in the Health and Ageing portfolio.

Disability Coordination Officer Programme — expansion
Expense ($m)
2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10
Department of Education, Science and Training 0.9 - - -

The Australian Government will provide an additional $0.9 million in 2006-07 to continue and expand the Disability Coordination Officer Programme.

This programme provides transition support services to people with a disability considering post-school education and training.

This measure also involves current funding of $1.5 million in 2006-07, $1.4 million in 2007-08, $1.4 million in 2008-09, and $1.4 million in 2009-10. Provision for the current funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

English as a Second Language — New Arrivals Programme — expansion
Expense ($m)
2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10
Department of Education, Science and Training 9.0 10.0 10.6 11.1

The Government will provide additional funding of $40.8 million over four years to expand the English as a Second Language — New Arrivals Programme. The programme will be extended to recently arrived school-aged migrants who hold a visa under the Family Migration Scheme and are not eligible under the existing programme. This measure will build on the $249.0 million over four calendar years (from 2005 to 2008) currently allocated to the programme.

These students will receive intensive language tuition where English is not their first language or is not the language commonly spoken at home, to enable them to fully participate in mainstream classroom activities.

The measure will make the assistance available to school-aged migrants more consistent with that provided to working age migrants through other Australian Government language programmes, such as the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Programme and the Adult Migrant English Programme.

FEE-HELP loan limit — increase
Expense ($m)
2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10
Department of Education, Science and Training - .. .. ..
Related revenue ($m)
Department of Education, Science and Training 1.2 2.5 3.2 4.3
Related capital ($m)
Department of Education, Science and Training - - - -

The Australian Government will increase the general FEE-HELP loan limit from $50,950 to $80,000 and will increase the FEE-HELP loan limit for medicine, dentistry and veterinary science to $100,000 commencing on 1 January 2007.

Amounts loaned under the Higher Education Loans Programme (HELP) are treated as financial assets and therefore do not impact on the fiscal balance. Payments by students of the indexation component of their HELP loan is treated as interest revenue. The additional public debt interest incurred by the Commonwealth in financing the loans is separately accounted for in the Budget papers.

This measure builds on the Government's commitment at COAG to increase the limit for medicine to $80,000. See also the related expense measure COAG Health Services — increase to the FEE-HELP loan limit in the Education, Science and Training portfolio.

Flagpole funding initiative — implementation
Expense ($m)
2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10
Department of Education, Science and Training 3.0 2.3 1.8 -

The Government will provide $10.1 million over four years, including $3.0 million in 2005-06, to ensure that all schools in Australia have a working flagpole.

Reimbursements of up to $1,500 will be available to schools that purchase or repair a flagpole.

This funding will assist schools to meet the requirement under the current schools funding agreements between the Australian Government, the States and Territories and non-Government Education Authorities that each school has a working flagpole.

Information and Communication Technologies — national consistency
Expense ($m)
2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10
Department of Education, Science and Training 7.6 7.6 7.7 -

The Government will provide $34.8 million over four years to achieve greater national consistency and quality in the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in the education and training sectors.

The first component of this proposal provides $22.9 million over the period from 2005-06 to 2008-09 to develop digital curriculum content and resources for Australian schools through the Schools Online Curriculum Content Initiative (SOCCI). The Australian Government and the States and Territories will each provide half of Australia's funding of the SOCCI. New Zealand has also agreed to contribute to the programme which will provide national collaboration and consistency across the education and training sectors.

The second component of this proposal provides $11.9 million over the period from 2005-06 to 2009-10 to continue the Framework for Open Learning Programme (FOLP). This programme supports strategic collaboration between the Australian Government, the States and Territories, and the education and training sectors in the use of ICT to meet the challenges of the information economy. Provision for funding for FOLP from 2006-07 to 2009-10 has already been included in the forward estimates.

Investigating the feasibility of portable funding for students with disabilities
Expense ($m)
2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10
Department of Education, Science and Training - - - -

The Government will provide $5.8 million over two years from 2006-07 to investigate the feasibility of providing portable funding for students with disabilities which will move with the student if they change schools. This continues the Government's commitment to ensure parents are able to choose the school which best meets their children's needs. The cost of this measure will be met from within the existing resourcing of the Department of Education, Science and Training.

National Science and Technology Centre (Questacon) — scoping study into accommodation needs
Expense ($m)
2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10
Department of Education, Science and Training 1.0 - - -

The Government will provide $1.0 million in 2006-07 to the National Science and Technology Centre (Questacon) in Canberra to conduct a scoping and feasibility study of its longer term accommodation needs.

See also the related capital measure National Science and Technology Centre (Questacon) — capital works and exhibition refurbishment in the Education, Science and Training portfolio.

National Skills Shortage Strategy — additional funding
Expense ($m)
2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10
Department of Education, Science and Training - - - -

The Government will provide $6.0 million in 2005-06 to fund additional projects under the National Skills Shortage Strategy. Under the Strategy the Government funds regional skills pilot projects to identify and develop practical strategies to address a region's current and future skills needs.

The Government works with regional stakeholders such as industry, education providers and the broader community to address regional skill shortage issues, including profiling existing and potential industries in the region, identifying skills and training needs, and engaging relevant national, state and local industry and training bodies.

New Apprenticeships — discontinuation of the Women in Non-Traditional Occupations incentive
Expense ($m)
2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10
Department of Education, Science and Training -4.8 -10.7 -11.3 -11.7

The Women in Non-Traditional Occupations incentive, provided under the New Apprenticeships Incentives Programme, will no longer be available to employers of New Apprentices who commence on or after 1 July 2006.

The Women in Non-Traditional Occupations incentive is an additional commencement incentive of $1,000 paid to an employer of a woman in an eligible Certificate II, III or IV level New Apprenticeships in a non-traditional occupation.

Employers affected by this measure will remain eligible for the full range of standard incentives provided under the New Apprenticeships Incentives Programme.

See also the related expense measures New Apprenticeships — extension of incentives to Diploma and Advanced Diploma qualifications and New Apprenticeships — Rural and Regional Skill Shortage incentive rationalisation in the Education, Science and Training portfolio.

New Apprenticeships — extension of incentives to Diploma and Advanced Diploma qualifications
Expense ($m)
2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10
Department of Education, Science and Training 1.0 2.0 3.1 4.5

The Government will provide $10.6 million over four years to extend the New Apprenticeships Incentives Programme to New Apprentices (and their employers) undertaking training in Diploma or Advanced Diploma qualifications which are an entry-level requirement for an occupation. This measure will apply to commencements on or after 1 July 2006.

The New Apprenticeships Incentives Programme provides a range of incentives to encourage employers to take on and retain New Apprentices, as well as personal assistance and incentives for New Apprentices.

See also the related expense measures New Apprenticeships — discontinuation of Women in Non-Traditional Occupations incentive and New Apprenticeships — Rural and Regional Skill Shortage incentive rationalisation in the Education, Science and Training portfolio.

New Apprenticeships Centres — additional funding
Expense ($m)
2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10
Department of Education, Science and Training 18.2 28.5 29.5 30.5

The Government will provide an additional $106.7 million over four years for New Apprenticeships Centres to deliver payments under the New Apprenticeships Incentives Programme and provide information and resources to employers and new apprentices. The additional funding is to meet anticipated increases in the costs of providing existing services, as well as providing for service enhancements to increase the retention and completions rates of new apprentices. Service enhancements include increased contact by New Apprenticeships Centres with new apprentices and their employers and increased responsibility to intervene where there is a risk a new apprenticeship will not be completed.

New Apprenticeships Incentives — Rural and Regional Skill Shortages incentive rationalisation
Expense ($m)
2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10
Department of Education, Science and Training -1.7 -3.8 -4.0 -4.1

From 1 July 2006, the $1,000 Rural and Regional Skill Shortage incentive will be paid only to rural and regional employers of Certificate II, III or IV New Apprentices commencing qualifications in occupations that are in national skill shortage. This measure will result in savings of $13.7 million over four years.

New apprentices and their employers affected by this measure will remain eligible for the full range of standard incentives provided under the New Apprenticeships Incentives Programme.

See also the related expense measure New Apprenticeships — extension of incentives to Diploma and Advanced Diploma qualifications and New Apprenticeships — discontinuation of Women in Non-Traditional Occupations incentive in the Education, Science and Training portfolio.

Parliament and Civics Education Rebate
Expense ($m)
2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10
Department of Education, Science and Training 3.7 4.0 4.2 4.4
Department of the House of Representatives -0.7 -0.7 -0.7 -0.7
Department of the Senate -0.7 -0.7 -0.8 -0.8
Total 2.4 2.6 2.8 2.9

The Government will provide a total of $16.3 million over four years to fund the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate programme. This new programme will provide increased travel rebates to school groups visiting Parliament House and other national institutions in Canberra. It will also provide educational resources to help students better understand and appreciate Australia's democratic values and processes.

This programme is an amalgamation and enhancement of the existing Citizenship Visits Programme, administered by the Department of the House of Representatives and the Department of the Senate, and the Education Travel Rebate Scheme, administered through the Department of Education, Science and Training.

Provision for funding of $5.7 million over four years has already been included in the forward estimates.

Partnership Outreach Education Models — extension
Expense ($m)
2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10
Department of Education, Science and Training 5.4 9.7 9.8 10.0

The Government will provide $34.9 million over four years to extend the Partnership Outreach Education Models (POEM) pilot to national coverage through the establishment of 60 POEM projects. These projects will provide support to young people who have dropped out of school to re-engage them in education, training or employment through partnerships with community organisations and agencies. The pilot has already assisted over 2,400 young people through 21 POEM projects around Australia. This measure will assist up to 3000 young people annually.

Research outreach and collaboration — continued support
Expense ($m)
2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10
Department of Education, Science and Training 0.2 0.4 0.4 0.4

The Government will provide $1.5 million over four years to fund the Federation of Australian Scientific and Technological Societies and the Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.

The Government will provide funding of $0.8 million over four years to the Federation of Australian Scientific and Technological Societies for enhanced secretariat support. This will support the Federation's role in policy formulation, and raising public awareness in and promoting the importance of science and technology in addressing important national issues.

The Government will also provide $0.6 million over three years from 2007-08 to the Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences to build the contribution of the humanities, arts and social sciences to the national innovation system.

Research Quality Framework model — finalising development
Expense ($m)
2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10
Department of Education, Science and Training 3.0 - - -

The Government will provide $3.0 million in 2006-07 to finalise development of the Research Quality Framework model, which is a mechanism for assessing the quality and impact of research undertaken in Australian universities and publicly funded research agencies.

This additional funding continues support for work begun under the 2004-05 Budget measure, Backing Australia's Ability — Developing Quality and Accessibility Frameworks for publicly funded research.

Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Trust
Expense ($m)
2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10
Department of Education, Science and Training - - - -

The Government will provide $2.0 million in 2005-06 to the Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Trust to support Australian scholarships to the United Kingdom.

Students at risk of dropping out of school — support for non-government schools
Expense ($m)
2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10
Department of Education, Science and Training 0.6 0.7 0.8 0.8

The Government will provide $4.1 million over five years (including $1.1 million in 2005-06) to enable non-government schools that specifically cater for students at risk of dropping out of the education system to receive the maximum general recurrent grant funding available.

At present, some States do not formally recognise schools that specifically cater for students at risk of dropping out of the education system. This measure will ensure that schools in these states are not disadvantaged.

Surf Lifesaving — establishment of training academy
Expense ($m)
2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10
Department of Education, Science and Training 5.8 3.4 0.7 -

The Government will provide $10.0 million over three years to Surf Life Saving Australia to establish the Australian Surf Lifesaver Training Academy.

Surf Life Saving Australia provides training and education services across a network of state offices, regional branches and over 300 clubs across Australia. The establishment of the Academy will enable Surf Life Saving Australia to centralise and expand its existing training arrangements to provide for a nationally consistent approach to surf rescue, public safety training and education programmes.

Tutorial Voucher Initiative — continuation
Expense ($m)
2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10
Department of Education, Science and Training 11.0 9.5 - -

The Government will provide additional funding of $20.6 million for the 2007 school year for the continuation of the Tutorial Voucher Initiative. This scheme will provide parents and guardians of children who do not meet the national Year 3 benchmark for reading skills with a $700 voucher for reading tuition. It is estimated that 17,200 students will be assisted by this scheme in the 2007 school year.

University of Wollongong — expansion of the Centre for Transnational Crime Prevention
Expense ($m)
2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10
Department of Education, Science and Training - - - -

The Australian Government will provide $12.0 million in 2005-06 to the University of Wollongong for the construction of a multi-purpose facility to act as a global research, education and training base for the Centre for Transnational Crime Prevention (CTCP).

The CTCP was established in July 2000 as an interdisciplinary research and teaching centre to address the problems of transnational crime. It delivers specialised programmes in the Asia-Pacific region as well as undertaking research.

Further information can be found in the press release of 4 May 2006 issued by the Minister for Education, Science and Training.

Voluntary student unionism — small business incentives for regional campuses
Expense ($m)
2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10
Department of Education, Science and Training 4.0 3.0 2.0 1.0

The Government will provide $10.0 million for universities to encourage local businesses to establish and maintain key services at regional campuses. This will help facilitate the transition to voluntary student unionism in regional areas where small businesses may not have adequate resources to replace the services previously delivered by student unions.

Voluntary student unionism — transitional arrangements
Expense ($m)
2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10
Department of Education, Science and Training 20.3 35.3 20.7 5.3

The Government will provide $81.6 million over four years to assist universities in the transition to voluntary student unionism. The funding will be used to assist universities with the construction and maintenance of infrastructure for sporting and recreational facilities. This assistance will be targeted to universities that have previously relied primarily on compulsory student fees for this purpose. The funding will also provide for an independent assessment of the economic and other consequences of voluntary student unionism.

Further information can be found in the press releases of 12 December 2005 and 18 April 2006 issued by the Minister for Education, Science and Training.

 

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