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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 4 Hansard (26 March) . . Page.. 1485..


(2) Is there a committee or individual who has ultimate decision-making authority.

(3) If there is a committee who has ultimate decision-making authority, is there any community representation on it.

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

(1) A concessional lease is defined at Section 235 of the Planning and Development Act 2007 (Act) and means a lease which was granted for an amount less than full market value or full market rent.

In order to determine the concessional status of a lease, it is necessary to fully research the original grant of the lease. Information of particular interest is the terms and conditions of the original grant such as, but not limited to, the Act the lease was granted under and the percentage rent payable, if the lease was granted prior to 1971. Such information is available on the Territory Lease files. It is also necessary to determine whether the land rent was paid out if the lease was granted prior to 1 January 1971 under the Leases (Special Purposes) Act, 1925 given all leases granted prior to this date were rental leases.

(2) The decision as to whether a Crown lease is a concessional lease is made by an experienced senior leasing officer of the ACT Planning & Land Authority in accordance with its statutory responsibility under the Act. Whilst the initial research is undertaken by a leasing officer, the documentation and recommended decision are reviewed by more senior, and more experienced officers with the delegated authority to make such a decision. This is a reviewable decision under schedule 1 (Item 19) of the Act and may be appealed to the ACT Administrative and Civil Appeals Tribunal.

(3) Committees and/or community representatives are not involved in statutory decision making.

Education—funding

(Question No 35)

Mr Doszpot asked the Minister for Education and Training, upon notice, on 10 February 2009:

What is the total funding provided by the ACT Government to the Strategic Priorities Program for the period 30 June 2007 to 30 June 2008 and what proportion of that funding was allocated to (a) public registered training organisations (RTOs), (b) public schools, (c) private RTOs and (d) non-government schools.

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

For the period 30 June 2007 to 30 June 2008 a total of $2 701 804 was provided by the ACT Government for the Strategic Priorities Program. The program funds RTOs for nationally accredited training programs in priority industry areas for participants from priority groups in the ACT.

(a) 2.4% was allocated to public registered training organisations

(b) 0% was allocated to public schools

(c) 97.6% was allocated to private registered training organisations.

(d) 0% was allocated to non-government schools


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