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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 12 Hansard (23 November) . . Page.. 3935..


In relation to Action 36 in the Economic White Paper, has the vocational education and training program for people aged over 45 been introduced; if so, what have been the benefits from this program; if not, why not.

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

(1) The Government has been working to address Action 36 by:

    • responding to Registered Training Organisations'(RTOs) requests for funding of programs for mature aged people;
    • monitoring data on participation rates of mature aged people in new apprenticeships and other targeted programs; and
    • undertaking stakeholder consultations to determine issues that can be addressed by vocational education and training within a particular industry where skills shortages have been identified. Information collected through these focus groups will assist the Department to work proactively with RTOs to ensure that programs delivered are addressing market expectations.

Children—work-based childcare centres

(Question No 1289)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Business and Economic Development, upon notice, on 21 September 2006:

(1) In relation to Action 37 in the Economic White Paper, has a feasibility study been undertaken to evaluate the establishment of shared work-based childcare centres in the ACT; if so, what has been the outcome of this study; if not, why not.

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

(1) A feasibility study on work based child care was conducted in the 2004-2005 financial year.

A Project Manager, based in the Office of Industrial Relations in the Chief Minister's Department, was engaged in November 2004 to undertake the feasibility study. A report on the study was prepared and provided to the then Minister for Industrial Relations, Ms Katy Gallagher MLA, in July 2005.

University of Canberra—School of Health Sciences

(Question No 1290)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Business and Economic Development, upon notice, on 21 September 2006:

(1) In relation to Action 38 in the Economic White Paper, what is the status of the proposed new capital facilities for the School of Health Sciences at the University of Canberra;

(2) If this proposed capital investment to deliver additional facilities has not proceeded, why not.

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


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