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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 1 Hansard (12 February) . . Page.. 429..


department for courses offered by schools to ensure that students are not excluded from participating as a result of financial incapacity. Some of the VET courses are funded by industry and other organisations. Department initiated VET programs in high schools include the Certificate 1 in Information Technology for which there are no costs for students who participate.

(2) No, the department does not collect statistics on the number of applications for assistance with vocational education costs received by schools. Individual high schools address the needs of their students on a case-by-case basis.

(3) The minimum cost is no cost. The maximum cost is dependent upon the costs associated with resources used by participants undertaking the course, and the costs charged by any external providers. The current maximum cost for a course for college students is $70 per semester. The most expensive course currently charged for a high school student is a CIT provided course that is $300 per student per annum. However, this cost is not passed onto students but is funded by Training and Adult Education and by individual schools.

Prison

(Question No 1224)

Ms Dundas asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 11 December 2003:

In relation to an ACT prison:

(1) Has the ACT Government commenced negotiations with the Commonwealth to purchase land for an ACT prison;

(2) If so, how much money is the Commonwealth asking for the necessary land;

(3) Are there any known impediments to the successful sale or handover of land for a new ACT prison.

Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The ACT government has sought the Commonwealth's approval to acquire land in the Majura Valley surplus to the requirements of the Department of Defence. Regrettably, the Commonwealth has not been prepared to approve the sale of this land to the ACT.

(2) Because of the Commonwealth's unwillingness to approve an ACT acquisition, negotiations have not extended to a sale price.

(3) Yes - see (1) above.

ACTION buses

(Question No 1225)

Ms Dundas asked the Minister for Planning, upon notice:

In relation to ACTION bus services:


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