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A DET central database for the recording of formal complaints will be online by 1 August 2004.

(2) Reports about teachers bullying or harassing students could be made initially to different areas of the department, including schools, Workforce Management Section, School Operations Branch, or to the Office for Children, Youth and Family Support.

Where allegations are found to be unsubstantiated or where they are minor, they are generally resolved at the school level. Where the principal believes further investigation or formal disciplinary procedures are warranted, a report is made to the Human Resources Branch of the department.

(3) There have been six formal complaints relating to teacher conduct since the introduction of the policy in June 2003. Only two of these could broadly be considered harassment of students by a teacher.

Fireworks

(Question No 1614)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Industrial Relations, upon notice, on 24 June 2004:

(1) How many reports or complaints were made to A.C.T. WorkCover from Friday 11 June 2004 to Monday 15 June 2004 regarding the use of fireworks;

(2) How many of these reports or complaints were investigated by A.C.T. WorkCover and what action has been taken;

(3) If there had been reports made to A.C.T. WorkCover about any illegal explosives or fireworks in the A.C.T. how many (a) calls or reports were received by A.C.T. WorkCover, (b) explosives or fireworks were seized and (c) referrals were made to the Australian Federal Police Bomb Squad.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) There were 112 reports to ACT WorkCover regarding fireworks for the period of Friday 11 June 2004 to Monday 14 June 2004.

(2) ACT WorkCover reviewed the information in relation to each report and launched an investigation into 6 of the reports received over the period. A number of unauthorised fireworks were seized at one of the residences investigated.

(3) a) ACT WorkCover received 24 reports that may have involved unauthorised fireworks for the period. Most of the persons lodging the complaints supplied inconclusive information regarding the location or persons involved. No reports of illegal explosives were received.

b) ACT WorkCover seized a number of unauthorised fireworks at a residence. These included four 100mm mortars which were preloaded, one 100mm reload shell, 4 large cakes, 4 roman candles and a small number of assorted fireworks.

c) No referrals were made to the Australian Federal Police Bomb Squad over the period.


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