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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 4 Hansard (29 March) . . Page.. 1619..

(5) Refer to 3 above.

(6) Refer to 3 above.

University of Canberra and Canberra Institute of Technology (Question No 2037)

Ms Hunter asked the Minister for Education and Training, upon notice, on 22 February 2012:

(1) When will the Government have further information about the recently announced creation of the University of Canberra Institute of Technology.

(2) Was the creation of a third tertiary education institute the final recommendation of the Government Steering Group, made up of representatives of the directorates of the Chief Minister and Cabinet, Treasury, Economic Development and Education and Training; if not, what was the rationale of the Government in establishing a third tertiary education institute in the ACT.

(3) What is being done to bring about a timely response from the Commonwealth Government in relation to the $26 million dollar structured funding grant.

(4) What will the makeup and responsibilities of the Project Implementation Group be, as discussed in the Minister's media release dated 16 December 2011.

(5) What will be the role of the Government Steering Group and the Standing Committee on Education, Training and Youth Affairs in future planning regarding the University of Canberra Institute of Technology.

(6) Will the proposed model be referred to the Standing Committee on Education, Training and Youth Affairs for further inquiry.

Dr Bourke: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

1) Since announcing our move towards a collaborative venture involving the University of Canberra (UC) and the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) the Government has continued to negotiate with the Commonwealth Government on the VET reforms under the National Agreement for Skills and Workforce Development and the new National Partnership Agreement on Skills Reform. The Government continues to work with both institutions to explore the opportunities in this space, and will make more information available when further details have been agreed.

2) The intention has never been to create a third tertiary education institution. As announced on 16 December 2011, the collaborative venture being examined is intended to lead to an entity 'jointly owned' by UC and CIT.

3) On 7 December 2011, Senator Chris Evans, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations, announced that a $25.9 million grant to the University of Canberra would be subject to finalisation of a project plan between the University of Canberra and the then Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations under the Commonwealth Government's Structural Adjustment Fund. The finalising of that grant is a matter for the University and the Commonwealth.

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