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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 10 Hansard (23 September) . . Page.. 4498..


The role of these officers includes supporting schools to engage with and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, families and communities across the ACT. Indigenous Education Officers may be asked to support the school in liaising with the family and student during all stages of the suspension process or support the school to develop strategies and relationships between the student and school that will assist and engage with the student on their return. Indigenous Education Officers have also been invited to be part of the re-entry process and in particular liaise and develop relationships with the family and student to support ongoing success at school.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Matters Strategic Plan 2010-2012 outlines the priorities and actions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education in ACT public schools. One of the performance measures included in the Strategic Plan is a decreased rate of student suspensions. A copy of the Plan is included with this response.

Bicycles—helmets (Question No 1039)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice, on 19 August 2010:

(1) When were bicycle helmet laws introduced in the ACT.

(2) Can the Minister provide statistics of the number of people riding bicycles in the ACT from the period of two years before bicycle helmet laws were introduced until 2010.

(3) Can the Minister provide any data on how the introduction of helmet laws impacted on the number of people riding bicycles.

(4) Can the Minister provide data for the period of two years before helmet laws were introduced until 2010 regarding (a) the number of cyclist injuries and deaths in the ACT, (b) the type of injuries that were suffered by cyclists over the this time and whether a helmet was being worn or not, (c) whether a vehicle was involved in the accidents or not; if so, the estimate of its speed and (d) the location of the accident, for example, roadway, cycle path, on road bicycle lanes.

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

(1) 1 July 1992.

(2) TAMS does not have statistics for the number of people riding bicycles in the ACT for the period from 1990 to 2010. However, bicycle volume surveys that have been conducted give an indication of trends in the number of cyclists in the ACT. A survey of bicycle volume on selected main roads from 2005 to 2009 showed an increase in the number of cyclists of approximately 103% and a survey of bicycle volume on selected bicycle paths from 2006 to 2008 showed an increase in the number of cyclists of approximately 100%.

(3) A report by the ACT Department of Urban Services published in July 1993 'Bicycling in the ACT - A Survey of Bicycle Riding and Helmet Wearing in 1992' includes a survey of the number cyclists using bicycle paths for one week during the Spring of 1991 (before the helmet law was introduced) and for one week during the Spring of


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