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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 15 Hansard (13 December) . . Page.. 4747..


Road Transport (General) (Parking Ticket Fees) Determination 2005 (No 3)-Disallowable Instrument DI2005-262 (LR, 25 November 2005).

Road Transport (General) (Application of Road Transport Legislation) Declaration 2005 (No 11)-Disallowable Instrument DI2005-251 (LR, 24 November 2005).

Road Transport (General) (Parking Ticket Fees) Determination 2005 (No 3)-Disallowable Instrument DI2005-262 (LR, 25 November 2005).

Tertiary Accreditation and Registration Act-Tertiary Accreditation and Registration Council Appointment 2005 (No 4)-Disallowable Instrument DI2005-266 (LR, 1 December 2005).

Ministerial arrangements

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra-Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment and Minister for Arts, Heritage and Indigenous Affairs): At the beginning of question time I had intended to indicate to members that Ms Gallagher could not, regrettably, attend question time today and that I would have been happy to take questions that may have been directed to her. I regret that I did not make that announcement. I apologise that I did not extend that offer to members of the Assembly.

Teacher registration

Ministerial statement

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra-Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment and Minister for Arts, Heritage and Indigenous Affairs): Ms Gallagher is unavailable today. It is on that basis that I wish to make this statement on her behalf. I seek leave to make a ministerial statement.

Leave granted.

MR STANHOPE: As I indicated, I make this statement on behalf of the minister for education, Ms Katy Gallagher. I am pleased to provide a progress report to Assembly members on the issue of teacher registration. As members will be aware, the ACT standing committee on education submitted a report in August 2004 titled Teaching in the ACT: shaping the future. This report included a series of recommendations to improve the quality and status of the teaching profession in the ACT. One of these recommendations dealt specifically with the issue of teacher registration and read as follows:

The Committee recommends that the Government establish a teacher registration board as a matter of priority and make registration a compulsory requirement for all teachers in the ACT as soon as practicable.

In its response, the government noted the standing committee's recommendation and gave an undertaking that we "will explore possible options for ACT teacher registration during 2005". The response also noted:

In developing a policy position into the feasibility of teacher registration for the ACT consideration needs to be given to the different models from other states, the costs of introducing such a scheme, as well as registration requirements in other


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