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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 3 Hansard (31 March) . . Page.. 1236..


Childcare—workers (Question No 1435)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Children and Young People, upon notice, on 15 February 2011:

(1) In relation to qualification requirements for workers in the childcare sector, excluding preschool, under the National Quality Framework, agreed by the Council of Australian Governments, under the National Partnership Agreement on the National Quality Agenda for Early Childhood Education and Care, how many people enrolled in relevant training courses in the ACT for the childcare sector, excluding preschool, during 2010.

(2) How many of those referred to in part (1) were employed in Australian Government approved childcare services in the ACT, excluding preschool, as at 31 December 2010.

(3) How many people completed relevant training courses in the ACT for the childcare sector, excluding preschool, during 2010.

(4) How many of those referred to in part (3) were employed in Australian Government approved childcare services in the ACT, excluding preschool, as at 31 December 2010.

(5) What strategies has the ACT Government (a) developed and (b) implemented to attract people into relevant childcare sector training courses in the ACT, excluding preschool.

(6) What strategies has the ACT Government (a) developed and (b) implemented to attract graduates from relevant training courses in the ACT to enter the childcare sector, excluding preschool, in the ACT.

(7) How much did the ACT Government budget for those strategies referred to in parts (5) and (6) in 2010-2011 and in each of the outyears.

(8) How much did the ACT Government spend on those strategies referred to in parts (5) and (6) during the period 1 July to 31 December 2010.

Ms Burch: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) Current data shows 809 students enrolled in a relevant childcare training course in the ACT in either 2009-2010 (financial year) or during 2010 (for university entrants).

(2) There is no current data available.

(3) Current data shows 526 students completed a relevant child care training course in the ACT in either 2009-2010 (financial year) or during 2010 (for university entrants).

(4) There is no current data available.

(5) (a) and (b) The ACT Government is committed to addressing any workforce issues including attracting people to the childcare sector and attracting people into childcare


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