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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 12 Hansard (23 November) . . Page.. 3926..

The Department of Education and Training is now working to:

    • identify what training programs and courses are already available to meet the needs identified in the survey by each of the industry sectors;
    • identify what additional training programs and courses might need to be developed to meet those needs; and
    • align all these training programs and courses to units or elements of competency in the various training packages.

(2) Not applicable.

Business—incubation facilities

(Question No 1268)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Business and Economic Development, upon notice, on 20 September 2006:

(1) In relation to Action 19 in the Economic White Paper, what resources have been provided to support incubation facilities and services in the ACT;

(2) Have more effective new business and employment outcomes been achieved through this activity; if so, what is the nature of these positive outcomes.

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

(1) The Government has supported business incubation facilities and services in the ACT through the following resources:

i. Government owned buildings have been made available to a non-profit provider of incubation services for small and micro businesses in three locations - Downer, Narrabundah and Erindale.

ii. The Government provided $1M to Epicorp, a specialist ICT industry incubator for co-investment in start up companies.

(2) Support for business incubation is a component of the of the overall mix of development assistance provided by the Government. Good incubation environments are a proven and effective way to assist business start-ups and as a vehicle to increase the success rate of new small businesses. Support offered to small and micro businesses at these incubators enhances their sustainability and growth prospects.

Business—indigenous support

(Question No 1269)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Business and Economic Development, upon notice, on 20 September 2006:

(1) In relation to Action 20 in the Economic White Paper, has the ACT Government established an Indigenous Business Support Officer within BusinessACT; if so, how effective has this appointment been; if not, why not;

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