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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 12 Hansard (20 November) . . Page.. 4529..


Interest subsidy scheme

(Question No 1037)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services, upon notice, on 22 October 2003:

In relation to the Interest Subsidy Scheme (ISS);

(1) Why is the ISS not being retained;

(2) What other subsidy schemes or similar are currently in place for non-Government schools in the ACT;

(3) Is the ISS going to be replaced.

Ms Gallagher

: The answer to Mr Pratt's question is:

(1) The government outlined its reasoning on the closure of the Interest Subsidy Scheme (ISS) in its response to the Inquiry into ACT Education Funding 2003.

(2) The ACT Government does not provide any other form of subsidy scheme for ACT non government schools. However, other concessions that non government schools may access are detailed in the report of the Inquiry into ACT Education Funding 2003.

(3) The Minister has given an undertaking to ACT non government schools that as funds are released from the ISS, they will be made available for other funding requirements in non government schools. The Minister has already sought the advice of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Non Government Schooling in the ACT on how the surplus funds are to be used.

Year 12 students

(Question No 1038)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services, upon notice, on 22 October 2003:

In relation to year 12 trends:

(1) What are the four key learning areas for year 12 students in the ACT;

(2) What percentage of year 12 students are currently participating in the four key learning areas and has this figure changed over the past five school years. If so, please provide details including the figure;

(3) Have the four key learning areas changed at any time in the past five school years. If so, please provide details;

(4) How many year 12 students are currently undertaking subjects in science;


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