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Parliamentary record : Part I debates (27 October 1987)



Parliamentary record : Part I debates (27 October 1987)


Debates for 5th Assembly 1987 - 1990; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 5th Assembly 1987 - 1990




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DEBATES - Tuesday 27 October 1987 $277 000 whereas the non-teaching areas have an increased appropriation of $665 000 and there is a massive increase in institute overheads of some $741 000. In view of the minister's oft-stated principle of keeping down administrative components in order to increase the amount of funds available for teaching, I ask him to run briefly through what leads to this massive increase in non-teaching funds and the very substantial reduction in the teaching area. Mr MANZIE: Mr Chairman, the institute received a $640 000 reduction in its TAFE allocation. That reduction was applied to the 1986-87 expenditure of $14.594m. In other words, the basic funding was reduced by 4.4%. In the concluding stage of formulating the Territory budget, the institute had a further cut of $34 000, fixing its TAFE budget at $14.369m. In other words, the total cut was $674 000. In order to absorb the funding reductions, the institute implemented cuts in its administrative area totalling $542 000. I think honourable members realise that the institute itself runs a very lean organisation in terms of the ratio of non-teaching staff to teaching staff. It has probably a far higher ratio than similar institutions in the rest of Australia. J think it is around 9:1 whereas the average in the rest of Australia is 4:1. It certainly operates far more effectively in terms of the ratio of teaching staff to administrative staff. Through the measures relating to the use of air-conditioning, plant, telephone and postage and renegotiation of insurance premiums, the institute has been able to limit the estimated 1987-88 overheads expenditure to $2.86m which is an 8% increase over last year's amount but, in real terms, represents a cut of $150 000 or about 5%. It is important to note that these comments relate strictly to the TAFE program at the institute, whilst. the balance of the administrative and overheads budget relates to advanced education programs which are funded by Commonwealth grants for advanced education. Moneys from those grants cannot be expended on TAFE teaching programs. There has to be that differentiation in the allocation of expenditures on overheads. Mr EDE: The minister said that the ratio of non-teaching to teaching staff was 9:1 whereas in other places it is usually about 5:1. Mr Manzie: I said it was 4:1. Mr EDE: I am not quite sure how he works that out. I certainly cannot see how ours could be 9:1. The figures on page 18 indicate that our ratio is a bit less than 3:1. I wonder whether he could clarify that. Mr MANZIE: t~r Chairman, my advice is that it is 9:1, but I will check that and find out exactly where we stand. I believe we are 4 times better than the national average, but I will get the details. Mr EDE: Mr Chairman, I have a general question on division 35 which relates to the Department of Education itself. Can the minister provide details of the retention rates from primary schools through to Year 12 for 1985 and 1986 and those projected for 1987 and 1988? Mr MANZIE: The figures from Year 7 to Year 12 probably will be misleading because it is compulsory for people to stay until Year 10. Years 11 and 12 are the important ones. Mr Ede: It skews the figures in comparison with the rest of Australia. 1970

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