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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 12 Hansard (23 November) . . Page.. 3943..


invited and did not attend any Brumbies games as guests of Rhodium. Several ACT Government client fleet management staff attended some Brumbies matches.

(7) The Rhodium Board has advised that the Brumbies sponsorship has provided Rhodium with the opportunity to promote its brand name and reputation in Canberra, where most of its client base is located.

Crime—assaults

(Question No 1362)

Mr Stefaniak asked the Minister for Education and Training, upon notice, on 19 October 2006:

(1) How many (a) assaults and (b) sexual assaults were committed by students on (i) other students and (ii) teachers at all government high schools and colleges and all non-government schools and colleges in the ACT in (A) 2005 and (B) 2006 to date;

(2) How many other instances were there of harassment and bullying by students on other students and teachers for those schools and years listed in part (1);

(3) What procedures and programs are in place in each school listed in part (1) to address such incidents and to seek to prevent such incidents from occurring.

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

(1) (a) While schools are required to submit suspension reports to the department these do not provide detail about the type of act which has resulted in bodily harm to another person.

(b) All cases of alleged sexual assault require mandatory reports, and the parent or student may report to the police. Schools do not investigate alleged sexual assaults.

(i) There were no recorded cases of sexual assault by ACT government school students of other students in 2005 and one recorded case of alleged sexual assault by ACT government school students of other students in 2006.

(ii) There were no recorded cases of sexual assault by students of teachers at government high schools and colleges in 2005 or 2006.

The Department does not have access to records of assault and sexual assault incidents that may occur in non-government schools.

(2) Schools are not required to label incidents or to report day to day management issues to the Department of Education and Training.

(3) Schools investigate and resolve instances of bullying in the context of their student management and welfare protocols and policies. Schools generally develop their own programs that are relevant and appropriate to their community. When bullying has been identified, schools use a range of approaches to address the situation, including restorative practices, pro-social skills programs and peer mediation.


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