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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 12 Hansard (15 October) . . Page.. 4670..


letter to offer support in re-engaging their child in education. In this correspondence an authorised person's contact details were provided with the suggestion a meeting be arranged to discuss future pathways, options and choices regarding attendance and education.

(2) The Chief Executive of the Department of Education and Training has not had cause to take further action for non attendance at a school under section 12 of the Education Act 2004.

(3) All ACT public schools have their own school-based attendance procedures as required by the Department of Education and Training policy on attendance at Government schools (9.1). Many schools utilise a range of strategies including SMS alerts, phone calls home by class teachers and student support teams, the school requesting notes for absences from parents and attendance records sent home through the mail.

(4) Most ACT public schools communicate their attendance policy to students, parents and staff at least each semester, as required by the Department of Education and Training policy on attendance at Government schools (9.4). A recent audit of 60 ACT public schools indicated 55 schools communicated their attendance policy and procedures each semester through their school newsletter or parent information pamphlets while the others communicate through their handbook and school websites.

(5) Most ACT public school attendance policies outline the procedures for principals in notifying parents of non attendance of a child as required by the Department of Education and Training policy on attendance at Government schools (9.6). Forty-four schools out of the 60 sampled have a school policy which clearly outlines procedures. The other schools utilised the Department of Education and Training's policy which outlines the principal's requirements.

Environment—wood heater replacement program

(Question No 311)

Ms Bresnan asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water, upon notice, on 17 September 2009:

(1) What were the number of (a) applications and (b) applications approved, for the ACT Government's Wood Heater Replacement Program in (i) 2009, (ii) 2008, (iii) 2007, (iv) 2006 and (v) 2005.

(2) How much ACT Government funding was appropriated to the Wood Heater Replacement Program in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2008-09, (c) 2007-08, (d) 2006-07 and (e) 2005-06.

(3) How much of the ACT Government appropriation for the Wood Heater Replacement Program was expended in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2008-09, (c) 2007-08, (d) 2006-07 and (e) 2005-06.

(4) In what media was the (a) 'Don't burn tonight' campaign and (b) Wood Heater Replacement Program promoted, and on what dates for 2009.

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


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