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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 11 Hansard (15 November) . . Page.. 3512..


(2) What are the resident priority enrolment areas (PEA) of the out of area enrolments of each government (a) primary school, (b) high school and college and how many students in each school are resident in each of these out of area zones;

(3) What is the number of resident NSW students attending each ACT government (a) primary school, (b) high school and (c) and college;

(4) What is the number of government (a) primary school, (b) high school and (c) college students resident in each PEA for the relevant sector and which schools do they attend;

(5) What percentage of the total enrolments of each government (a) primary school, (b) high school and (c) college are from outside the PEA of each school;

(6) What proportion of the total resident government school students in each PEA for (a) primary schools, (b) high schools and (c) colleges are enrolled in the PEA school;

(7) What is the average retention rate (the percentage of government school students residing in a PEA who attend the PEA school) for the (a) primary school, (b) high school and (c) college sectors;

(8) What is the average out-of-area ratio (the percentage of government school students who reside in the PEA of another school) for the (a) primary school, (b) high school and (c) college sectors;

(9) What is the total number of all government and non-government (a) primary school, (b) high school and (c) college students resident in each government school PEA and, in each case, how many attend (i) the PEA government school, (ii) a government school in another PEA and (iii) a non-government school.

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

(1), (2), (4), (5), (6), (7), (8) and (9):

Preparation of a response to these questions would require the input of individual student address data held by the Department into a geo-coding software application (mapinfo). This would involve verification of approximately 35 000 records against a reference list and manually updating where the data does not match (reasons why the data may not match include spelling errors, incorrect street types and changed addresses). The data would then need to be manipulated to produce the various sets of information requested.

A similar task performed in 2006 required the allocation of substantial resources and took over a month to complete. In the circumstances, I am not prepared to allocate the resources necessary to respond to these questions as I consider it to be an unreasonable diversion of resources away from the Department's core business of delivering high quality education outcomes for ACT students.

(3) Details of the number of resident NSW students attending each ACT government (a) primary school, (b) high school and (c) and college are provided at Attachment A.


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