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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 9 Hansard (21 August) . . Page.. 3050..


Answer

MR STEFANIAK

South Australia, Tasmania, Queensland, Western Australia and the ACT, as well as all,38 universiqesund most TAFEs report the whole student cohort data electronically. Victoria, New South Wales and the Northern Territory provide hard copy information only on Centrelink clients because, as I understand it, those states and territory do not have central student data bases capable of transferring the data.

By providing whole cohort data, the privacy of Centrelink clients is protected. Centrelink destroys data on non-Centrelink clients once the data on their clients has been extracted.

Supplementary Question

MR HARGREAVES

When were colleges informed of the information to be passed to Centrelink. He stated that the schools were advised months after the information was first provided and that when they protested they were ignored.

Answer

MR STEFANIAK

Colleges were not initially involved in the preliminary legal and preparatory stage as this was between Centrelink, ACT Government Solicitor and the department.

Some colleges were involved from December 2000. All colleges were progressively involved from May 2001 when the technical methodologies were being developed.

Before the first cohort data was provided to Centrelink in late June 2001, all colleges had discussed the methodologies used and had input into the revised algorithms used for their college. Following this process extracts were then forwarded to Centrelink.

Personal explanations

MR BERRY: Mr Speaker, I want to make a personal explanation pursuant to standing order 46.

MR SPEAKER: Please proceed.

MR BERRY: During question time I raised an issue in relation to a letter signed by the Chief Minister about the Williamsdale quarry which the Chief Minister did not seem to remember. The letter was tabled on 19 June in relation to a question on the same subject. Mr Humphries tried to draw some connection between alleged unlawful behaviour at Williamsdale quarry and the events surrounding the VITAB affair and me. There were never any allegations of unlawfulness around the VITAB affair and I was cleared on two occasions by inquiries established under the Inquiries Act. Mr Humphries cannot say that for himself.


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